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Policies

Since 1952 we have created policy positions on important global issues.

Our policies are passed in-line with our general statement of policy, agreed in 2015.

Here you can search our database of past and current policy papers, which guide the work of our organization.

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Policy / 1992 / Eastern Europe / Amsterdam, Netherlands / World Humanist Congress / Archived

Fundamental freedoms in Eastern European countries

The International Humanist & Ethical Union Considering that humanism is a positive life stance constituting the foundation of a coherent…
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Policy / 1992 / Amsterdam, Netherlands / World Humanist Congress / Pending Review

Peace

One of the main goals of the International Humanist & Ethical Union is the attempt to establish an honest and…
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Policy / 1992 / Yugoslavia (former) / Amsterdam, Netherlands / World Humanist Congress / Archived

Balkan conflict and national minorities (1992)

This congress calls on the leaders and peoples of the states formerly known as Yugoslavia to cease their active hostilities…
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Policy / 1991 / Board of Directors / Current

Minimum statement 1991

Humanism is a democratic, non-theistic, and ethical life stance which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility for…
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Policy / 1991 / Board of Directors / Current

State support for humanism

Whereas, the IHEU recognises that many countries offer financial support either to established churches or to religious groups in general,…
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Policy / 1990 / Board of Directors / Pending Review

War toys

Based on the premise that the needs of war are formed in the human mind, it becomes important not to…
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Policy / 1989 / Board of Directors / Archived

Use of the Word “Religion”

Being concerned about the confusion and contention sometimes caused by the words “religion” and “religious”, This board wishes to place…
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Policy / 1989 / China / Board of Directors / Archived

Demonstrations in China (1989)

Whereas students and workers of the People’s Republic of China were engaged in a peaceful demonstration, and, Whereas the demonstrators…
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Policy / 1989 / Board of Directors / Archived

Capital punishment (1989)

The International Humanist & Ethical Union: Having regard for the right to life as recognised by article 3 of the…
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