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Atheism Alliance International (AAI) Receives UN Special Consultative Status

Georgi L.
Guffaw
London, GB
Post #: 1,850
From AtheismUK:

AAI Receives UN Special Consultative Status

Atheist Alliance International (AAI) has been accorded Special consultative status by the United Nations, enabling the organization to better serve the need of the world’s growing non-religious population and defend the interests of atheists and non-believers who are facing persecution from governments.

“Atheists face discrimination in many countries of world – including threats of imprisonment and even death – and often at the hands of their own governments,“ said AAI president Stuart Bechman. “With our new status we will be better able to provide these people with a voice in the international community.”

The UN approved AAI’s new status at its July 2013 Substantive Session following the recommendation of the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations. AAI is now able to actively engage with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its subsidiaries, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, and affiliated programmes, funds and agencies.

AAI will be able to have official representatives to the UN Headquarters in New York and its Geneva and Vienna offices. AAI representatives will be able to register for and participate in events, conferences and activities of the UN. The organization may now also designate representatives to sit as observers at public meetings of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, the General Assembly, Human Rights Council and other UN intergovernmental decision-making bodies.

“AAI looks forward to working closely with allied organizations, including the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) and the British Humanist Association (BHA),” said Bechman. “We also expect to coordinate with secular and religious groups in areas of mutual interest. All too often, states employ religious justifications for abuse of citizens – including journalists and artists, members of minority sects, women and people of different sexual orientations. We plan to work toward the benefits of human rights for all, be they atheist or religious.”

About AAI:

Atheist Alliance International (AAI) is a global alliance of atheist/freethought groups and individuals, committed to educating its members and the public about atheism, secularism and related issues.

Atheist Alliance International’s vision is a secular world where public policy, scientific inquiry and education are not influenced by religious beliefs, but based upon sound reasoning, rationality and evidence. Atheist Alliance International’s mission is to challenge and confront religious faith, to strengthen global atheism by promoting the growth and interaction of atheist/freethought organisations around the world and to undertake international educational and advocacy projects.

CONTACT:

Stuart Bechman, AAI President

t: +(01)805-405-3929 (USA)

e: president@atheistalliance.org

www.atheistalliance.org
Jason
SweynTUV
London, GB
Post #: 213
Now that sounds like very good news. I don't know what it means in practical terms, but it sounds important.
John P
Hedgehog1965UK
London, GB
Post #: 1,299
Fantastic news! And about bloody time too smile
Georgi L.
Guffaw
London, GB
Post #: 1,853
Indeed. As Jason says, hard to know what it actually means in practical terms but maybe this bit is the most pertinent:

"...enabling the organization to better serve the need of the world’s growing non-religious population and defend the interests of atheists and non-believers who are facing persecution from governments".

And I think it also infers at least that atheism is at last being included as a human right? What do you think?
Roger
user 33309642
London, GB
Post #: 318
It is in the UK at least:
http://www.equalityhu...­
Jason
SweynTUV
London, GB
Post #: 214
And I think it also infers at least that atheism is at last being included as a human right? What do you think?
Well that would be fantastic of course, but it remains to be seen. Call me cynical but while the US still wants Arab oil it is not going to let the UN make waves over a little thing like their nasty habit of beheading apostates. It is rather incongruous isn't it that Saudi Arabia is a paid up member of the United Nations and therefore supposedly signed up to the articles 18 and 19 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights allowing freedom of religion and freedom of expression, and yet Saudi Arabia beheads people for apostacy. The UN could have done something about that at any time since SA joined in 1945, but despite prompting by the Humanists they say and do nothing. Gutless and hypocritical. Because, as ever when it comes to religion, who are we to say they are wrong? angry
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