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  • 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),...


  • 3 April 2013

    Lord Carey attacks PM over Christian ‘support’ The former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has accused David Cameron of making Christians feel marginalised. He said it was a “bit rich” for the prime minister to tell religious leaders to oppose secularisation. This follows comments made by the PM at a pre-Easter Downing Street reception for faith leaders.


  • 19 March 2013

    European institutions keep astonishingly silent to the worsening of the political situation in Hungary. Sonja Eggerickx, President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union and Pierre Galand, President of the European Humanist Federation addressed EU Presidents (Mr Barroso, Mr Schulz and Mr Van Rompuy) in an open letter (...)  


  • 6 March 2013

    Atheists, humanists, freethinkers and other non-religious people are discriminated against around the world, with expression of their views is often criminalized and subject in some countries to capital punishment, theInternational Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) told the United Nations, 25 February 2013(...)


  • 19 February 2013

    The next Pope : reformist or traditionalist ? EHF President speaks on Pope’s legacy on Euronews (...)