Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Report On Treatment Of Non-Believers Released For Human Rights Day

Today is United Nations Human Rights Day. To mark the day, the International Humanist and Ethical Union issued a report Freedom of Thought 2013: A Global Report on the Rights, Legal Status, and Discrimination Against Humanists, Atheists, and the Non-Religious. (Full text.) Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the 244-page report:
Freedom of Thought 2013 is the first report to look at the rights and treatment of the non-religious in every country in the world. Specifically, it looks at how non-religious individuals—whether they call themselves atheists, or agnostics, or humanists, or freethinkers or are otherwise just simply not religious—are treated because of their lack of religion or absence of belief in a god. We focus on discrimination by state authorities; that is systemic, legal or official forms of discrimination and restrictions on freedom of thought, belief and expression.....
Our results show that the overwhelming majority of countries fail to respect the rights of atheists and freethinkers. There are laws that deny atheists’ right to exist, revoke their right to citizenship, restrict their right to marry, obstruct their access to public education, prohibit them from holding public office, prevent them from working for the state, criminalize their criticism of religion, and execute them for leaving the religion of their parents. In the worst cases, the state denies the rights of atheists to exist, or seeks total control over their beliefs and actions.
Reuters reports on the study.

1 comment:

jimbino said...

Let's not forget that several US state constitutions ban atheists from holding public office, from the bar and from serving on juries.

These constitutional provisions have apparently been emasculated by the SCOTUS, but it's still a mystery why no open atheist, humanist, pagan, or satanist holds public office or why SCOTUS is a bunch of Roman Catholics and Jews.