This report, released by Humanists International, exposes a lack of separation between state and religion as well as tactics used against humanists, atheists and non-religious people in Colombia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka to limit their rights to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly.
The report, which was funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, discusses the range of tactics used against humanists, atheists and non-religious people. They include the criminalisation of blasphemy and apostasy, impunity for attacks, social isolation and discrimination
Gary McLelland, the chief executive of Humanists International, said: “This report shines a light on the targeted violence, continued harassment and social discrimination faced by humanists in many countries and opens the door to conversations on how best to protect humanists worldwide.”
Download the full (72 page) report or the executive summary.
[Sources: Humanists International & The Guardian]
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