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The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is the world umbrella organisation for Humanist, ethical culture, rationalist, secularist and freethought groups. Based in London, it is an international NGO with Special Consultative Status with the UN (New York, Geneva, Vienna), General Consultative Status at UNICEF (New York) and the Council of Europe (Strasbourg), and it maintains operational relations with UNESCO (Paris). Its mission is to build and represent the global Humanist movement, to defend human rights and to promote Humanist values world-wide. IHEU sponsors the triennial World Humanist Congress.
IHEU representative on EU Fundamental Rights Agency interim panel
Keith Porteous Wood, representing IHEU, is one of the interim panel of nine to serve as a sounding board when the Fundamental Rights Agency is planning the next steps and the structures of the Fundamental Rights Platform (including the next meeting and consultations). IHEU, represented by Keith, had attended the first meeting of the Agency in Vienna on 7/8 October 2008. The FRA’s main objective is providing assistance and expertise relating to fundamental rights. The primary objective of the October meeting was to discuss suggestions for the FRA Work Programme 2009 and to provide feedback and suggestions for follow up on the FRA Annual Report 2008. The Agency had formerly been focussed on racism but is expanding its remit to include all fundamental rights. Read more
November 2008 IHN published
The November 2008 issue of International Humanist News has been published. This edition includes features on Barack Obama; Humanism and Islam; and Caste and Untouchability. We have: the full text; a PDF version with full layout and pictures; and back numbers from the last 15 years available on the web site. Read more
Islamic states ban secular and Human Rights websites
The Arabic Network for Human Rights reports that the website of Arab Secularists http://www.3almani.org is facing a campaign to block it in Arab states. Five states have already blocked the site, making it the most-blocked website, surpassing even the Alhewar website http://www.ahewar.org which has been blocked in four Arab countries. Read more
Prof. A. C. Grayling joins IHEU at the Human Rights Council in Geneva
A. C. Grayling, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College London, is one of Britain’s leading technical philosophers with a gift for making philosophy intelligible to the layman. A Fellow of the World Economic Forum, the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Literature, Anthony Grayling is also an honorary associate of the National Secular Society and a distinguished supporter of the British Humanist Association. He has written widely on contemporary issues from war crimes to secularism and euthanasia and is one of the leading defenders of Enlightenment values in the English-speaking world. He now joins Roy Brown and the IHEU team at the Human Rights Council where his incisiveness and clarity of exposition will add welcome strength to IHEU’s work in defence of Human Rights. Read more
Druids seek to bury prehistoric museum exhibit: respond to consultation now!
A group of druids has asked English Heritage and the National Trust to rebury prehistoric human remains from archaeological excavations in the Avebury area. The exhibits in question are currently in the Alexander Keiller Museum at Avebury. EH and the NT have published a draft report and have now started an online public consultation process; the deadline for receipt of comments is 31 January 2009. Read more
Informations Humanistes Internationales published
The third issue of the annual French language version of International Humanist News has been published. The magazine addresses the growing need for Humanist literature in francophone countries and aims to build a direct bridge between Humanists in those countries and the IHEU. The magazine is available to download from our web site. Le troisiÃ¨me numÃ©ro des Informations Humanistes Internationales vient de paraitre. Le revue satisfera le besoin croissant pour la littÃ©rature humaniste dans de divers pays francophones et etablira un lien direct entre les humanistes et libre penseurs dans ces pays et l’IHEU. Le revue est disponible pour tÃ©lÃ©charger depuis notre site internet. Read more
Universal Declaration of Human Rights flies into space
60 years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948, the Declaration is ready to take a journey into space: specifically the International Space Station. Read more