We, the undersigned academics, intellectuals, human rights advocates, and organizations from Bangladesh and around the world, unequivocally condemn recent statements by Bangladesh government officials appearing to blame writers, publishers, and activists for their own deaths at the hands of violent extremists with suspected
links to militant Islamist groups. We strongly urge the Bangladesh government to immediately take steps to vigorously protect the rights to freedom of religion, belief, and expression, both in word and in deed.
Letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
22nd April 2016
Dear High Commissioner Grandi,
When documenting both the goals of your organisation and also the details of your ongoing activities, you frequently employ the term "religion" as a reason for persecution and consequently as a possible reason for a person to be granted asylum. For example, within The Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, it states that:
"A refugee, according to the Convention, is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion."
A new bill aims to force all public and private schools to teach the Bible as a source of values. Guatemala Secular Humanists launched a campaign against this blatant violation of religious freedom. (14-Aug-2015)
Give peace a chance
Secularization and global conflicts
May 22-24, 2015
Comedia Theater Cologne, Vondelstr. 4-8
The world is changing rapidly. Atheists and secularists more and more dare to raise their voice and to have the courage of their convictions – even in countries where this seemed to be almost unthinkable until recently. At the same time fundamentalist violence and intolerance have reached new and saddening heights.
At this international atheist convention we want to come together in order to listen to each other and to share experiences and insights from different countries and regions.
The situation of atheists and secularists differs greatly from country to country. What unites them is the desire for freedom from religious paternalism and for a world in which not weapons but the better arguments decide.
On Saturday, May 23 the IBKA award 'Sapio' will be given to singer, songwriter, and evolution biologist Greg Graffin.
AAI press release (04-Apr-2013)
AAI press release (26-Feb-2012)
Atheist Alliance International (AAI) demands that the Indonesian government support freedom of speech and freedom of conscience by immediately releasing Alexander Aan from custody and dropping all charges against him, pursuing the perpetrators of the physical attack against Aan and repealing the country’s oppressive anti-blasphemy legislation.
Read the full AAI press release. (25-Jan-2012)
Update: Alexander Aan was sentenced to two years and six months in prison. Atheist Alliance International condemns jail sentence for Alexander Aan (AAI press release from 14-Jun-2012)
Hosted by Atheist Ireland and Atheist Alliance International
Gods & Politics
Copenhagen Declaration on Religion in Public Life
The recent Gods and Politics conference in Copenhagen adopted the following Declaration on Religion in Public Life. The conference was the first European event of Atheist Alliance International, and was co-hosted by AAI and the Danish Atheist Society.