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International Humanist and Ethical Union

June 2, 2010

I became aware of the International Humanist and Ethical Union when I saw that it was a supporting organization of the Nonbelievers Giving Aid project, which is led by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.  It is an umbrella organization for groups that support its mission “to build and represent the global Humanist movement that defends human rights and promotes Humanist values world-wide.”

Some of the activities that this group conducts are organizing international humanist conferences, leading public relations campaigns, engaging in dialogue with international bodies such as UNESCO, and providing support for budding humanist groups in developing countries.

One thing that I like about this organization is its apparent diligence in monitoring world events that are relevant to humanist goals and ideas.  For example, the IHEU has made its members aware of the fact that the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child has recently focused on child witch hunts in Nigeria.

I encourage everyone that reads this post to take a look at the home site for the International Humanist and Ethical Union to see what they are all about.

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