Letter to High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini about non-religious believers The European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Letter to High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini about non-religious believers The European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief & Religious Tolerance Co-President Dennis de Jong MEP sent a letter to the European Union High Representative/Vice President regarding the situation of non-religious believers in the world. The letter was a response to growing hostility to non-religious believers and an appeal to the EU to promote the rights of non-religious believers in the world. The letter was written with input from the International Humanist & Ethical Union (IHEU) and the European Humanist Federation (EHF). Sonja Eggerickx, President of IHEU said ‘We truly welcome this initiative by the Intergroup. It is not just welcome, but essential, that the institutions of Europe, as well as international human rights instruments, assert positively the rights of atheists, humanists and those who simply have no religion. We must be allowed to express dissent from religion and to assert our own values and worldview, without fear of being marginalised or suppressed by the state. Non-religion must not be regarded as secondary to specifically “religious freedom”. Freedom of thought, conscience, or religion is one and the same right for all.

 

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