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  • 14 June 2013

    The European Parliament adopted on Thursday 13 June 2013 a Recommendation on the draft EU Guidelines on the Promotion and Protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief about which the EHF has mixed feelings (...)


  • 7 June 2013

    On 5 May 2013, EHF was interviewing one of its member organisations on a square in Athens about populism and the rise of extremism. But Golden Dawn militants were watching (...)


  • 31 May 2013

    Under Article 17 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, European institutions must maintain an “open, transparent and regular” dialogue with churches and non-confessional organisations. Despite EHF repeated requests, the Irish EU presidency did not meet our wish to organize a joint meeting, whereas it received churches representatives for a top-level meeting (...)


  • 29 May 2013

    This year, the European Humanist Federation held its General Assembly in Bucharest (24 May) alongside two other important humanist meetings : International Humanist and Ethical Union General Assembly (26 May) and a joined conference on “Education, Science and Human Rights” co- organised with the Romanian Humanist Association and the IHEU (25 May). More than 200 participants attented the conference organised at the gigantic Palace of the Parliament (...)


  • 6 May 2013

    From left to right: Bjarni Jonsson, Vice-President of Sidmennt, Hope Knutsson, President of Sidmennt, Ogmundur Jonasson, Minister of the Interior, and Ragnhildur Hjaltadottir, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior   On Friday May 3, 2013 the Icelandic Minister of the Interior, Ogmundur Jonasson held a formal reception where he presented Hope Knutsson, president of Sidmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association with a formal statement that Sidmennt has now been registered as the first…


  • 3 May 2013

    Habib Kazdaghli acquitted: “the rule of law wins in Tunisia” says the EHF   Accused by a student wearing a niqab to have slapped her while she was vandalizing his office, in March 2012, Habib Kazdaghli, the dean of the Manouba University of Tunis, was charged with “acts of violence committed by an official in the exercise of its functions.” Although he has always vehemently denied the charges, Habib Kazdaghli was facing a sentence of…


  • 23 April 2013

    The National Secular Society has welcomed news that the UK Government has climbed down following its defeat last night in the House of Lords and agreed to make discrimination on grounds of caste unlawful. Last night (Monday) peers voted to retain their original amendment making caste a protected characteristic (as an aspect of race) under equality law via a new clause in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. The vote was won by 181 votes...


  • 15 April 2013

    Churches and other religious communities that are recognised as such by the Austrian state enjoy a large number of financial and other privileges. The most glaring examples are those, which were agreed with the Catholic Church before the second world war by the then Austro-fascist government and included in a separate treaty, a so-called konkordat, which is still in force! The Austrian Freethinkers have published these privileges and several others in a long list comprising...


  • 11 April 2013

    Media, politicians and, of course, the Orthodox Church, have been frantically debating proposed changes to the public funding of religious institutions in Romania, in recent weeks.  New legislation, proposed by Remus Cernea MP (Green Party) and inspired by the German “church tax” model, would allow all citizens to direct a part of their income tax to the churches (...)


  • 8 April 2013

    From 26 to 30 March, the 12th World Social Forum gathered thousands of alter-globalisation civil society organisations at  University of Tunis -El Manar. The EHF was among them. What is WSF ?  The World Social Forum is an annual meeting of civil society organizations, first held in Brazil (Porto Alegre, 2001),...