- people accused of 'blasphemy' and 'apostasy' - people facing direct threats to their lives or security - human rights defenders facing harassment or prosecution
Globally, the non-religious often face immense prejudice and marginalization.
We are contacted all the time by humanists facing prejudice or even threats to their life and liberty from their own families; humanists who want to speak out but fear reprisal; and those who have spoken out and now face death threats from extremists or prosecution as "blasphemers".
In 12 countries atheists can be sentenced to death under "apostasy" laws.
In over 70 countries, criticism of religion can be prosecuted as "blasphemy", sometimes leading to prosecution for speaking out about human rights issues and or promoting "liberal" or "humanist" values.
Those who leave religion in some of the most conservative countries face a triple threat if they 'come out': the social threat of losing family and friends; the legal threat of facing prosecution under 'blasphemy', 'apostasy', 'sedition' or related laws; and sometimes the threat of violence from extremists.
But there is hope...
Humanists International is working to change this.
We advise and directly support individual humanists at verified risk, from countries where prosecution or violence threaten their fundamental human rights.
We promote human rights, and highlight cases where humanists have been persecuted or prosecuted, at the United Nations Human Rights Council and other international forums.
We research, record and monitor discrimination and persecution against the non-religious in our ground-breaking Freedom of Thought Report.
And with the support of our Member Organizations around the world, we unite the global humanist movement: providing information, sharing best practice and acting as a hub and support network for humanists everywhere.
Humanists International is recognized as a global leader in highlighting the persecution of humanists, atheists and secularists. We have transformed the way that human rights for non-religious people are seen, drawing world-wide attention to the targeted violence and systematic discrimination faced in many countries.
We support and advise individuals and groups at risk.
We lobby governments to change their laws and protect human rights.
We lobby the the European Parliament of the urgent need to show moral leadership and repeal all 'blasphemy' laws across the EU.
We publish the Freedom of Thought Report , which has grown increasingly influential at the UN and on the international discourse around 'freedom of religion or belief' and non-religious rights.
We provide training for officials from national governments and regional bodies on the right to 'freedom of religion or belief' and how it applies to non-religious people.
Your part in this
Please support Humanists International and the "Protect Humanists at Risk" campaign with a donation today.
Your gift could help support and maybe save the life of a humanist at risk in some of the countries that most persecute the non-religious.
We are a registered non-profit organization and NGO (non-government organization). All donations will go toward delivering our work: protecting those most at risk, and changing the world to prevent the deterioration of human rights for all.