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  • The EHF provided its support to the organisation of a Polish initiative, the Secularity Congress which was held in Warsaw on 21st and 22nd October. The congress was organized by an association composed of the representatives of numerous secularist NGOs, including Polish EHF’s humanist and rationalist...

  • Yesterday, the EHF and its sister organisation the International Humanist and Ethical Union, in collaboration with their Greek member organisation, the Humanist Union of Greece, drafted a letter to call on the Greek authorities to grant asylum to Mr. Karrar Dwood Hamza, a well known Iraqi atheist who...

  • 26 years ago, our organisation was founded out of the need to unite humanist, secular, laïque, rationalist, skeptical, etc. voices in Europe. Since then, the humanist family has grown a lot and unites today more than 60 member organisations from Portugal to Finland, from Iceland to Cyprus, united...

  • The annual congress of the EHF member organization the Associazione Luca Coscioni per la Libertà di Ricerca Scientifica (Association for the freedom of scientific research) took place at the Molecular Biotechnology Centre of the University of Turin, with the intervention of many prominent scientists...

  • EHF President Giulio Ercolessi was invited to the 8th Congress of the International Association of Free Thought organised in Paris between 21 and 24 September. During his speech, the EHF President emphaiszed the importance for all humanist, secularist, laïque, free thinker, skeptical, rationalist...

  • On 20 September, the Committe of Human Rights of the Seimas, the Lithuanian Parliament, revived discussion on a so-called "Law on the protection of a life in a pre-natal phase” also known as the “abortion ban bill”. Currently, abortions in Lithuania are allowed up to the 12th week of pregnancy...

  • On 5 October, the EHF submitted a contribution to the UN’s Human Rights Committee, a body currently working on the UN’s own understanding of what the “right to life” means. The topics highlighted were access to safe a legal abortion, the fact that the right to die in dignity should be seen...

  • Echoing its Spanish and Catalan Member Organisations, the European Humanist Federation is concerned by the events taking place in Catalonia and regrets the recent escalation. The EHF does not take position on the merits of a dispute that concerns the “form of state” provided for by the existing...

  • 28 September was the Global Action Day for Safe and Legal Abortion and all around the world demonstrations were held for securing this fundamental right that many women in the world are still denied. The EHF took part in the mobilization in Brussels. We propose below a set of the best slogans at...

  • At the occasion of the Global Action Day for Safe and Legal Abortion, Giulio Ercolessi, President of the EHF, proposes his analysis of a thesis commonly promoted by extremist religious groups: that the embryo is a human being. --- The Embryo is not One of Us A house is burning and on the brink ...

  • Today the EHF joined 285 organisations from around the world to denounce the effects of the prohibition of abortion in a number of countries worldwide. The statement which was delivered under agenda item 8 at the 36th session of the UN's Human Rights council stresses the fact that each year 22 Million...

  • During the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council*,  EHF denounced the persistent human rights violations arising from the denial of sexual and reproductive rights for women and transgender people in Europe and worldwide. As a lucky woman whose sexual and reproductive rights have...

  • During a meeting on Tolerance and non-discrimination at the OSCE’s Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM)* in Warsaw, the European Humanist Federation (EHF) urged Member States to protect non-believers, atheists and free-thinkers from discrimination and persecution. EHF President Giulio...

  • Estonia is currently holding the European Council Presidency since July 2017. On 29 August, EHF President Giulio Ercolessi and EHF Executive Director Pierre-Arnaud Perrouty met Matti Maasikas, the Estionian Minister for European Union Affairs in Tallinn. Among the issues that were discussed was ...

  • Following the identificaiton of a recent practice by German authorities according to which, asylum seekers entitled to be transferred to Germany under the relevant provisions of the Dublin III Regulation, are “blocked’ in Greece for periods exceeding the deadlines provided by the above mentioned...

  • On 11 July, the EHF contributed to a meeting on ''Countering extreme violence: Global context and Bangladeshi diaspora” organised by the European Bangladesh Forum in Brussels. Violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief and freedom of speech have dramatically increased over the past...

  • EHF president Giulio Ercolessi took part on Friday in the Italian Chamber of Deputies in a conference called to mark the tenth anniversary of the law granting humanitarian protection to LGBT asylum seekers in Italy. The conference was called at the initiatve of the two former MPs – Franco Grillini...

  • On 20th June, the European Humanist Federation, together with the International Humanist and Ethical Union, urged UN member states to better protect freedom of religion or belief including non-believers’ rights worldwide as a way to foster mutual understanding. This declaration was made during...

  • On 19th June, the European Humanist Federation called on UN member states and especially European Member states to comply with their human rights obligations and to secure women’s sexual and reproductive rights in law and practice. This statement was given at the Human Rights Council 35th session...

  • At the invitation of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, the European Humanist Federation (EHF) and some of its member organisations*, met today with the European  Commission and the European Parliament to discuss the future of Europe. Humanists welcome this opportunity for a High Level dialogue...

  • Today, the EHF and the IHEU, co-signed a letter addressed to Ján Figel, Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, calling on him act for the protection of Bangladeshi human rights defender Sultana Kamal over threats by Islamist hardline group Hefazat-e-Islam. ...

  • Brussels, 23 May 2017 – Humanists from all over Europe are coming home from Wroclaw, Poland where the EHF held its 2017 General Assembly on Friday followed by a two-days conference entitled Humanism and Rationalism: current challenges and ideas for the future. During the General Assembly, members...

  • On 7 April, after rushing through Parliament a law rendering the functioning of one of Hungary's most successful universities, the Central European University, impossible, the Hungarian government tabled a new law regulating NGOs which aims at stigmatising NGOs that receive funding from aborad. This...

  • The European Union is 60 years old! For the first time in history, EU citizens have been safeguarded for six decades from the tendency of European states to make war to each other. Never has a common project allowed peoples of Europe to learn more about each other and exchange so much, both economically...

  • Saturday 25 March 2017 marks the 60th Anniversary of the EU! In six decades, many things have changed: from a continent traumatized by the horrors of the Second World War, Europe has evolved into one of the most prosperous and freest regions in the world. In terms of human rights especially, ...

  • French below On 24 March, Heads of State and Government of the European Union will meet Pope Francis in Rome ahead of the EU Summit dedicated to discuss the future of Europe. In the words of Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta – the Member State currently holding the EU Presidency – Pope...

  • For the Internation Women's Day, the EHF wanted to serve some good news and we thought that this wonderful story would bring some happiness to our communnity. Nowadays, when it sometimes feels like ignorance is bliss, it is good to remember the power of facts. This is particularly true regarding ...

  • The EHF joins the international coalition against President Trump’s reinstatement of the so-called Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule, intended to block federal funding for international groups that provide access to (or information about) medical abortions. This policy has been...

  • Save Ahmad Djalali

    Posted on the 08/02/17

    Dr Ahmadreza Djalali has been working in the field of disaster medicine since 1999 and has written dozens of scientific papers on the subject. In 2009, he left Iran to study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden to complete a PhD program. Since, he is a regular teacher of the European Master in Disaster...

  • We are deeply saddened by the death of Ramon Casha, chair of the Malta Humanist Association, and a campaigner of terrific energy, scope and commitment. Ramon, 47, died yesterday (Sunday 23 January) from medical complications arising from a road accident which occurred in July 2016. Ramon campaigned...

  • Brussels, 12 January 2017 – MEP Heidi Hautala (Finland, Greens) hosted the launch of a new report drafted by consultant Elena Zacharenko compiling everything that one must know about anti-choice lobbyists and groups in Europe. It bears the title Perspectives on anti-choice lobbying in Europe. ...

  • The campaign to abolish blasphemy laws in Greece continues in 2017. A very promising development is the fact that Ms. Maria Yannakaki was appointed as the Secretary-General for Transparency and Human Rights at the Ministry of Justice of Greece. M. Yannakaki spoke at the EHF’s General Assemble in...

  • Jump to the report right away: http://freethoughtreport.com. Too many people have “narrowly defined views on religious freedom”, leading to the exclusion of humanists, atheists and the non-religious from human rights protections. This is the view of the United Nations’ recently appointed...

  • Today, the EHF has joined 176 other civil society organisations in signing a common statement on the Future of Europe ahead of EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union Address to be held at the European Parliament on Wednesday 14 September. The Statement is also addressed towards...

  • The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination endorses recommendations jointly submitted by the Humanist Union of Greece, the European Humanist Federation and the International Humanist and Ethical Union. The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is the UN body...

  • In June, the European Humanist Federation met the European Commission at two occasions in the framework of the “Article 17 Dialogue” stemming from the article 17 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) requiring that a dialogue be established between the EU and religious as...

  • Get ready for the European Humanist Youth Days 2016! A mix of interesting lectures, debates with 100+ fellow young Europeans and of course partying and a lot of fun! From July 29 to 31, the European Humanist Youth Days will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Don't miss it! The first edition...

  • Humanists told the UN Human Rights Council on 24 June that “the state-church institution is fundamentally unfair” in Denmark as elsewhere, and called for the abolition of the Danish “blasphemy” law. On behalf of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) and the Danish Humanist Society...

  • On 2 June, together with five other international NGOs, the EHF launched High Ground, The Alliance for Choice and Dignity in Europe at the European Parliament. High Ground was formed to work toward a European legal and political landscape which secures and enables the full realization of human...

  • The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) and the European Humanist Federation (EHF) held their respective General Assemblies in Valetta (Malta) this weekend, hosted by the Malta Humanist Association. Over 100 delegates from all over Europe joined the EHF’s General Assembly on 20 May. ...

  • The EHF's annual report is out! Learn about all the activities undertook by the EHF this year: from promoting secularism and humanism Europe-wide to campaigning for free speech, defending women’s rights as well as sexual and reproductive health and rights, providing humanist services and working...

  • Joint statement issued in the perspective of the 32nd UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva (June 2016) UN: Investigate Writer and Activist Murders in Bangladesh We, the undersigned organizations dedicated to the promotion of human rights, free expression, and freedom of belief, call on governments...

  • The European Humanist Federation is pleased to support the call for application for the 2016 Henri La Fontaine Prize for Humanism. This prize, awarded by the Henri La Fontaine Foundation, is intended to honor individuals, institutions or public or private bodies contributing significantly to the ...

  • On 3 May 2016, the EHF signed a joint statement by 26 Civil Society Organisations and a number of academics, intellectuals and human rights advocates from Bangladesh and around the world. The document denounces recent extremist violence against and the murder of free thinkers and non-Islamic believers...

  • Source: IHEU, 25 April Two LGBT activists have been hacked to death at a house in Kalabagan, Dhaka. Xulhaz Mannan was editor of the LGBT magazine Roopbaan and widely recognised for his gay rights activism. He had previously worked as protocol officer at the US embassy in Dhaka.Tanay Fahim...

  • Ahead of the European Council meeting in Brussels on 17-18 March 2016, the European Humanist Federation calls on the Council to fully respect its human rights commitments and to open safe ways to Europe for asylum seekers. As humanists, we are committed to the building of a more open, ...

  • Holy alliance against freedom?

    Posted on the 16/02/16

    For the first time since the schism of the two religions in the 11th century, Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, met last Friday Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in an historic exercise of “religious unity”. Their joint declaration is another missed opportunity to re-connect with...

  • On February 21, 2016, The Hague Peace Projects and Mukto-Mona in collaboration with the IHEU are organizing the “Bangladesh Alternative Book Fair” in The Hague. An open event supported by EHF in solidarity with exiled and threatened Bangladeshi humanists and intellectuals. There will...

  • The organizing committee of the European Citizens’ Initiative* “Wake up Europe ! Act4democracy” which aims at protecting European democratic values is pleased to announce that the initiative was officially registered by the European Commission on 30 November 2015. This petition was launched...

  • On 26 November, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning severe violations of freedom of expression and horrific violence against secularist writers, publishers and bloggers in Bangladesh. However, MEPs kept silent on the very harsh national blasphemy-like legislations. These last...

  • French below Friday’s atrocity in Paris has left the world shaken, stupefied, and appalled at the deaths of so many innocent people. Many have awoken to a strange new realisation that the targets of terrorism are not simply strategic sites or public figures, but ordinary human beings, regardless...

  • The dramatic war against freedom or beliefs and freedom of expression continues to make more victims in Bangladesh. After multiples attacks against humanist bloggers and the recent murders of four of them, Islamist groups have continued their macabre witch-hunt against proponents of secularism and...

  •   Visit official website here : www.act4democracy.eu   This European Citizens' Initiative was launched by a comitee of 9 citizens from 8 European countries and is coordinated by the European Humanist Federation....

  • This call follows a serie of setbacks regarding abortion right and women's sexual and reproductive rights in several European countries where abortion is legal. In Spain, the Parliament just passed a law removing any legal possibility to abort for the 10% of vulnerable young women who need to abort...

  • During the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the European Humanist Federation (EHF) and the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) have issued a joint written statement and an oral statement raising the Holy See’s (HS) continued failure to protect the rights of...

  • The European Humanist Federation (EHF) calls on EU leaders to implement a coordinated and human rights based response to welcome refugees and to initiate sanctions against Member States violating EU values. As many civil society organisations, the European Humanist Federation (EHF) is highly concerned...

  • Joint call to support the Rodrigues report Dowload the call in EN| FR Civil society and human rights organisations call Members of the European Parliament to support the report on “Empowering girls through education in the EU” in the plenary vote on 8 September. This report proposes actions...

  • Following the brutal murders of Bangladeshi secular writers by islamist groups these last months, bloggers, free speech campaigners, humanist, religious and ex-Muslims organisations, all unite to protest (see the open letter below). These past months, the EHF received many calls for help from secular...

  • In a UN meeting very well attended by anti-choice organisations, the EHF and IHEU urged the UN Human Rights Committee to reaffirm that the right to life - as defined by article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights '(ICCPR) -  begins at birth and not at conception. Humanists...

  • Violations of the right to freedom of religion or belief and freedom of speech have dramatically increased over the past few years in Bangladesh. This year, four secular and humanist bloggers were hacked to death by islamist groups for “insulting Islam”. Niladri Chatterjee (Niloy Neel), Ananta ...

  • In a landmark vote, the European Parliament (EP) adopted yesterday a resolution calling for an EU Strategy for equality between women and men. This resolution was authored by German S&D MEP Maria Noichl. The European Humanist Federation welcomes this important move from citizens' representatives...

  • The EHF strongly condemns a recent attack on Zeljko Peratovic, journalist and vice president of our member organisation the Center for Civil Courage. He was severely beaten, suffocated and hit in the head which left an open wound on his forehead. After he was taken to the hospital, the perpetrators...

  • On 15 and 16 May 2015, the EHF held its 2015 General Assembly and annual conference in Athens with more than 70 members' representatives from 20 European countries. This event was jointly organised with our member the Humanist Union of Greece. Strengthening and expanding the EHF network These...

  • More than 60 young humanists gathered in Bucharest from 24 to 26 April on the invitation of the Romanian Humanist Association to discuss the challenges faced by Eastern, Baltic, Caucasus and Southeastern countries regarding humanism and secularism. In most of these countries, the influence of churches...

  • In the wake of the Paris and Copenhagen killings and the murder of Avijit Roy, today at the UN Human Rights Council, the IHEU’s Head of Delegation to Council, Elizabeth O’Casey delivered a statement on the important relationship between freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief (...) ...

  • Civil society and human rights organisations welcome the adoption of the Report on Equality between women and men in the EU (2013) authored by MEP Marc Tarabella. Despite numerous falsehoods and emotional manipulation spread by anti-human-rights organisations about the Report, the European Parliament...

  • Joint call from civil sociey oganisations to support the Tarabella report Civil society and human rights organisations call MEPs to support the Report on Equality between women and men in the EU (2013) in the plenary vote on 10 March 2015. This report addresses persistent or increasing deadlocks...

  • Humanity and the ideas of Humanism are an inseparable part of social consciousness, all institutions of a democratic society, its economy and state system, morals and law, and the system of labor relations and social guarantees. Humanism proclaims the worth of the individual, his unique role in...

  • Once again, freedom of expression has been targeted in Europe as a terrorist shot attendees at a seminar on 'Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression” and people at a synagogue in Copenhagen. Our thoughts go to the victims and their families and to the Danish people. We strongly condemn this attack...

  • The European Humanist Federation (EHF) and the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) together with several national partners call to abolish blasphemy laws worldwide. In the European Union, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, France (in Alsace Moselle), Finland, Germany, Greece...

  • In the face of the horror and the hatred, we feel deeply saddened but also a profound anger. We strongly condemn this ferocious attack against freedom of expression and freedom at all and express our deep solidarity to those who continuously and bravely defended our core democratic values with...

  • On 4 February, EHF President Pierre Galand met with Under-Secretary of State for European Affairs Inga Skujina in Riga. This meeting, held in the framework of the Latvian Council Presidency (January- July 2015) was organised under Article 17 of the TFEU which commits EU institution to hold a regular...

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    Posted on the 26/10/13

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