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New corporate members

IBKA welcomes Düsseldorfer Aufklärungsdienst and the Richard Dawkins Foundation Deutschland as new corporate members. (07-Oct-2016)

Statement on attacks on atheists, secularists, and religious minorities in Bangladesh

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.

AAI demands respect for non-religious philosophical convictions

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."

Keeping education secular in Guatemala

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)

International Atheist Convention 2015

Convention 2015Give 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.



In cooperation with Atheist Alliance International (AAI)  Atheist Alliance International

On Saturday, May 23 the IBKA award 'Sapio' will be given to singer, songwriter, and evolution biologist Greg Graffin.

AAI launches appeal to support Alex Aan

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)

2012 European Atheist Convention

The Atheist Perspective and our future: National, Regional, Global 25 - 27 May, 2012. Cologne, Germany

The convention was a great success! Read The Atheist Perspective is Fun! by Tanya Smith.

Follow-up convention: International Atheist Convention Cologne 2015

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European Atheist Conference 2011 in Dublin

Hosted by Atheist Ireland and Atheist Alliance International

Dublin Declaration on Secularism and the Place of Religion in Public Life (Atheist Ireland)