Nigerian human rights activist to mark 25th anniversary of UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders

2 mn read Nigerian activist Mariam Aliyu answered the UN’s call during her university years when she saw a little girl she could not ignore. “She was 12 years old, and I noticed she was limping,” she recalled. Using her medical skills, and days of earning the girl’s trust, she figured out that she had been sexually assaulted. So began a journey of advocating for girls and women.

Exploring the Foundations of Morality: Secular vs. Religious Perspectives

3 mn read Exploring the Foundations of Morality: Secular vs. Religious Perspectives Morality, the compass of human behavior, guides us through the intricate maze of right and wrong. It shapes our decisions, influences our relationships, and underpins the values that define our society. Two primary perspectives have emerged in our quest to understand and practice morality: secular morality […]

Exploring the Ethics of Proselytism: Balancing Faith and Respect

3 mn read Balancing Faith and Respect Proselytism, the act of attempting to convert others to one’s beliefs, can be a deeply divisive and controversial practice. It is a fundamental aspect of many religious and ideological movements, but its ethical implications have long been a subject of debate. This article aims to explore the ethics of proselytism, examining […]

Gods and Men: Unveiling the Thrilling Adventure of Our Invented Deities and Tales

3 mn read In the grand theater of human history, the tale of religion stands as a riveting drama, filled with intrigue, borrowed plots, and vibrant characters crafted in the human imagination. Let’s embark on a journey that meanders through the curious lanes of history, unearthing the roller-coaster ride that is the creation and propagation of religion and […]

Countries Leading the Way in Recognizing Humanist and Secular Values: Protecting Rights and Freedoms

3 mn read In a world where diverse beliefs and philosophies coexist, the recognition of humanist and secular values has gained importance as a means to safeguard individual rights and freedoms. This article explores countries that have made significant progress in embracing humanist and secular ideals while actively protecting the rights and freedoms of their citizens. By prioritizing […]

The Complex Relationship between the Church and African States: Balancing Political Power, Human Rights, and Secularism

4 mn read The relationship between the church and African states has a long and complex history that dates back to the colonial era. During this time, European powers used Christianity as a tool of colonization, with missionaries playing a key role in spreading Christianity and Western values throughout Africa. The church was often complicit in the oppression and exploitation of Africans by colonial powers, with many missionaries promoting the idea of European superiority over Africans.

The persecution of atheists and ex-Muslims in the Middle East and its implications for human rights and freedom of thought.

4 mn read The combination of stringent religious laws and conservative societal attitudes in many Middle Eastern countries have fostered an environment in which individuals who do not adhere to religious beliefs are often subject to discrimination, persecution, and prosecution. It is imperative for the global community to continue exerting pressure on Middle Eastern governments to uphold fundamental human rights such as freedom of expression and belief and ensure the safeguarding of non-believers’ liberties.

Travel Bans Targeting Secularists: Status of Atheists in Egypt deteriorating 

2 mn read On 11 February 2023, Hesham El Masry, an Egyptian atheist freethinker was on his way to The Netherlands from Cairo International Airport when he was escorted off the plane by police officers.  “I was on my way to Amsterdam, Netherlands, [but] i was detained by the Egyptian National Security Agency, and they forbade me from […]

The crime of Islamic militias in Iraq against Atheist and other minorities

2 mn read Iraq has long been a battleground for conflicts, wars, and terrorist activities. These conflicts have had severe consequences for the country’s minorities, including atheists and members of the LGBT community. The rise of Islamic militias and radical Islamic groups has led to an increase in violence and persecution against these minority groups, forcing many to flee the country or hide their identities for fear of retribution.

#WhereIsSoheilArabi #FreeSoheil

< 1 mn read We, the undersigned freethought, ex-Muslim, atheist, and secularist organisations, have joined together to politically sponsor the well-known Iranian atheist and ex-Muslim Soheil Arabi, who was re-arrested from his home on 2 January 2023 by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s security forces. Sources have informed us that he was violently beaten during the arrest, denied much-needed medicine […]

The contemporary motivations behind the continuing Hindu-Muslim conflict

5 mn read India witnessed enormous bloodshed when it was partitioned in 1947 into two independent nations: Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan.  The partition was along communal lines with millions of Muslims from India migrating to Pakistan and millions of Hindus from Pakistan coming to India. Undivided India had a 24% Muslim population which fell to 10% after […]