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December Edition of the International Humanist and Ethical Union Newsletter

From: Chris
Sent on: Monday, November 30, 2009 6:07 PM
Here's a summary in this month's edition. The full version can be found at:

All the best to you!


IHN November 2009
The November 2009 issue of International Humanist News has been published. This edition includes reports from Humanist groups around the world as well as news of IHEU campaigns at the United Nations. A PDF version with pictures is available for download now. Read more

"No Sharia" Rally in London Brings Together Muslims and Humanists
Muslims, ex-Muslims and non-Muslims joined forces in London to protest against Sharia and against all religious laws and courts. The rally took place in Hyde Park, Saturday 21 November 2009. Speakers included: Roy Brown, of IHEU; rally organizer Maryam Namazie, of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (an IHEU Member Organization); David Pollock, president of the European Humanist Federation; Naomi Phillips of the British Humanist Association (IHEU MO); and Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society (IHEU MO). Read more

American Humanists Launch First-Ever National Godless Holiday Campaign
Celebrating a new kind of holiday tradition, the American Humanist Association has launched a new advertising campaign similar to the one that ran in the nation's capital last year, which made headlines around the globe. Only this year, instead of the campaign focusing on a single location, ads will be blazoned across transit systems in five cities--including Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco--marking the first-ever nation-wide humanist holiday advertising campaign. Read more

Universal Children?s Day sees enormous support for the ?Please Don?t Label Me? Billboard Campaign
The British Humanist Association has welcomed Universal Children?s Day (Nov. 20, 2009), declaring itself overwhelmed by support for its ?Please Don?t Label Me? billboards, including endorsements and praise from magician and illusionist Derren Brown, author Philip Pullman, and musician and comedian Tim Minchin who, along with other users of Twitter, contributed with his tweets to the campaign ?trending? on Twitter (meaning it was one of the top ten most popular stories circulating on the social networking site). Read more

Stephen Fry wins 2009 award from Gay Humanists

The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has presented Stephen Fry with its 2009 award for services to Humanism and LGBT rights, in recognition of his long record of standing up both for LGBT rights and for wider humanist values. Read more

From buses to billboards: the next stage of the Atheist Bus Campaign is unveiled for Universal Children?s Day
Billboard adverts have gone up today in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, as the internationally renowned poster campaign which began this year on London buses launches its second phase. So much money was donated towards the campaign after the bus posters had been launched that the campaign organisers announced that any further money raised would be put towards new adverts later in the year. Read more

Witch Hunts and Human Rights Abuses in Africa
Leo Igwe, IHEU?s West African representative, is working to combat widespread human rights abuses caused by belief in sorcery and the consequent persecution of alleged witches. On Nov. 12, 2009, he raised the issue of witch hunts at the African Commission on Human and People?s Rights, with the statement below. Read more

Denounce the anti-homosexual bill in the Parliament of Uganda

Ugandan Humanists are calling for international support in protesting a proposed new anti-gay law that would introduce extraordinarily harsh punishments, including the death penalty for homosexual acts and prison for family who fail to inform the authorities of homosexual relatives. Read more

Belief Groups Unite to Oppose UN Blasphemy Law
The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has joined with more than 100 other groups from more than 20 countries to protest a so-called ?global blasphemy law? proposed by the United Nations (UN). Last month, for the first time ever, a UN body proposed a legally-binding treaty to combat the ?defamation of religions.? Read more

Report from the UN : Measuring national progress
Joseph Stiglitz put it well: "What you measure affects what you do... if you don?t measure the right thing you don?t do the right thing." So how should we judge the progress of a nation? Read more


International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is the world umbrella organisation for Humanist, ethical culture, rationalist, secularist and freethought groups. Based in London, it is an international NGO with Special Consultative Status with the UN (New York, Geneva, Vienna), General Consultative Status at UNICEF (New York) and the Council of Europe (Strasbourg), and it maintains operational relations with UNESCO (Paris).

Its mission is to build and represent the global Humanist movement, to defend human rights and to promote Humanist values world-wide. IHEU sponsors the triennial World Humanist Congress.

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