EHF Publications

This is a list of publications available  - free of charge unless otherwise stated. Please order by e-mail to admin(at)



  • Humanism and Human Rights / Laicité et Droits de l’Homme

The proceedings (mainly in French) of the EHF conference on human rights held in Brussels on 16 April 2008.

  • A key humanism in Europe

(March 2007, 42 pp. in English and French)

Published to mark the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, this includes an introductory letter to President Barroso, a copy of the Brussels Declaration and Secular Vision of Europe, and an essay on the development of European values and aspirations.

(June 2006, 108 pp. in English and French)

Published on the occasion of the EHF’s 15th anniversary, this booklet reproduces the most important interventions of the EHF and of some of its partners, since the beginning of the EU Commission presidency of Jaques Delors in 1999.

  • Humanism and laïcité in Europe

(January 2003, 36 pp.)

The prominent feature of today’s humanism is the importance given to laicity or secularism, but the concept of laicity is still today badly perceived or even unknown although it carries the principle of tolerance and peaceful co-habitation of people from different cultures, traditions and religions, which corresponds to the European situation. Nine authors of different origins, languages and education set out what humanism and laicity can achieve for a harmonious development of the European Union. Humanism and laicity concur not only in the struggle against all kind of discrimination and in particular discrimination against atheist, agnostic and religious personal convictions, but also in their willingness to build a world of peace, solidarity and dialogue.

Also available in Dutch: “Vrijzinnigheid en humanisme in Europa”.

  • Humanism and Democracy in Central Europe : coexistence of different life stances

(September 2003, 48 pp. Published with financial support from the European Commission)

At the occasion of the 10th anniversary of EHF, speakers from eight countries (Austria, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Norway, Belgium) describe the situation of humanism in their country. Particular attention is also given to the official recognition of humanist organisations in Norway and Belgium.

Proceedings of part of the conference organised in Warsaw at the Polish Parliament, on 25-26 October 2002 by the EHF and the Polish Humanist Federation.

  • Bioethics in Europe

(November 1998, 24 pp.)

Published at the occasion of the adoption of the “Bioethics convention” of the Council of Europe. In spite of their sometimes excessive media coverage, bioethical issues are not fads but the opportunity for true questioning. In the matter of bioethics, the humanist movement has an approach that is at the same time active and reflective. This is shown through the selection of articles in this publication. By discussing and debating, we can develop an ethic of responsibility which has to be inevitably assumed by those who have renounced looking for a truth that is absolute and lies beyond them. Still fields of reflection have to be distinguished and, what belongs to ethics has to be differentiated from what concerns politics or economics. Our attention is drawn to the dangers of an inadequate use of legal instruments in a given problem. It is free inquiry and the ethic of argumentation that will make things progress in a field where changes are so fast that questioning has to be unremitting.

One article from this publication, in French, is available on this website: Bioéthique, politique et économie by Professor Yves Englert.

  • Principes et fédération

(November 1998, 20 pp.) (only in French)

  • Islam et musulmans dans l’espace européen : défis de la la cité

(Published by Editions Espace de Libertés: – August 2003 – 169 pp.) (only in French)

Proceedings of the conference organised in Spring 2003, in the European Parliament in Brussels, by EHF and La pensée et les Hommes, with the support of the European Commission. The book was awarded the Prix Jeunesse & Education Permanente 2004 de la Communauté française de Belgique.

  • La laicità indispensabile

(April 2004) (in Italian only)

Proceedings of the Rome conference organised jointly by EHF and UAAR in November 2003. A detailed summary of the proceedings is here in French.


  • 2500 years (and more) of free thinking

(2003, 50 min, 10 €, published by CAL, UVV and EHF, with financial support from the European Commission)

This video documentary retraces the over 2,500 years of evolution of our European society marked by free thinking – a wide-ranging historical, social and political panorama that recalls the West’s history at the crossroads of many civilisations, all of which participated in the building of Europe.

From Pharaonic Egypt to Confucianism and Taoism in China, not to mention the contribution of Greek and Roman civilisations, this film retraces the different influences and modes of thought that have impregnated our continent and have helped in the construction of free thinking.

Enriched by these many trends, Europe was formed through a journey across different periods: the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation that would see the birth of modern science, the Enlightenment, human rights, humanism and the secularisation of society.

The third millennium has started. Can our good old Europe, rich in memories and experience, succeed in bringing the world the constructive values of free thinking?

Available from EHF in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.