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International Humanist and Ethical Union

International Humanist and Ethical Union
Formation 1952 (1952)
Region served Worldwide
Website .org.iheuwww

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is an umbrella organisation of

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ a b "About IHEU". IHEU. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Humanist movement hits new high in membership.". Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  3. ^ "Amsterdam Declaration 2002". IHEU. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  4. ^ "List of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council as of 1 September 2010". United Nations. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  5. ^ "IHEU's Bylaws". International Humanist and Ethical Union. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  6. ^ a b "1850-1952: The road to the founding congress". IHEU. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Kurtz, Paul (2001). Skepticism and humanism : the new paradigm. New Brunswick, NJ [u.a.]: Transaction Publishers. p. 259.  
  8. ^ Vandebrake, Mark. Freethought resource guide: a directory of information, literature, art, organizations, & internet sites related to secular humanism, skepticism, atheism, & agnosticism. Austin, Texas: CreateSpace. pp. Appendix A.  
  9. ^ , 12 August 2014Oxford Declaration on Freedom of Thought and ExpressionIHEU, . Retrieved 18 August 2014
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  11. ^ "International Humanist and Ethical Union | Campaigns". 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  12. ^ "Ethical approach to a humane cause".  
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  15. ^ 2011-08-23 (2011-08-23). "International Humanist and Ethical Union | IHEU Awards for 2011". Retrieved 2014-08-01. 


  • Human Rights Brief No. 3 Assessment of international law pertaining to freedom of religion and belief from Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
  • IHEU listing of all member organisations
  • IHEU Officials
  • IHEU Presidents
  • IHEU Awards


See also

Other Awards

The Distinguished Service to Humanism Award recognises the contributions of Humanist activists to International Humanism and to organised Humanism.

Distinguished Service to Humanism Award

The International Humanist Award recognises outstanding achievements and contributions to the progress and defence of Humanism.

International Humanist Award

IHEU Awards

Years Position Holder(s)
1952-1975 Chairman Jaap van Praag  
1975-1979 Chairman troika Piet Thones Mihailo Marković Howard B. Radest
1979-1985 Bert Schwarz
1985-1986 Svetozar Stojanović
1986-1987 Rob Tielman Paul Kurtz
1987-1990 Levi Fragell
1990-1993 Kari Vigeland
1993-1994 Jane Wynne Willson
1995-1996 Vern Bullough
1996-1998 President  
1998-2003 Levi Fragell
2003-2006 Roy W Brown
2006- Sonja Eggerickx

IHEU chairs and presidents

The IHEU and Amnesty International led the campaign to try to obtain the release of Younus Shaikh.[12]

IHEU has a wing for people aged 35 and under called the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organisation (IHEYO).

  1. International conferences:[10] to bring Humanists together and inspire them
  2. Campaigns:[11] to promote and defend human rights and Humanist values
  3. Representation at international and regional bodies: to further Humanist goals
  4. Growth and Development: to support Humanist groups in developing countries
  5. Organisational Development: developing the youth movement, a women’s network, membership and support

Core IHEU activities are:

Based in NGO with Special Consultative Status with the United Nations, General Consultative Status at the Council of Europe, Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and maintains operational relations with UNESCO.


[1] The aim of the IHEU is to promote the identity of Humanism, including the name and symbol of Humanism. The IHEU promotes Humanism, defined by the Amsterdam Declaration 2002, by advocating


At the 2014 World Humanist Congress a further resolution, "The Oxford Declaration on Freedom of Thought and Expression" was adopted.[9]

Oxford Declaration 2014

On the 50th anniversary World Humanist congress in 2002 passed unanimously a resolution the "Amsterdam Declaration 2002" an update of the original Amsterdam Declaration [8]

Amsterdam Declaration 2002

On the last day of the congress five resolutions were passed, which included the fundamental of 'modern, ethical Humanism' - A resolution which would come to be known as the Amsterdam declaration [6]

Five Humanist organisations, the American Ethical Union, American Humanist Association, British Ethical Union (now the British Humanist Association), Vienna Ethical Society and the Dutch Humanist league hosted the founding congress of the IHEU in Amsterdam 22–27 August.[6][7]

Amsterdam 1952 - IHEU founding congress


Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.

All member organisations of the International Humanist and Ethical Union are required by IHEU bylaw 5.1[5] to accept the IHEU Minimum Statement on Humanism:

Minimum Statement


  • Minimum Statement 1
  • History 2
    • Amsterdam 1952 - IHEU founding congress 2.1
    • Amsterdam Declaration 2002 2.2
    • Oxford Declaration 2014 2.3
  • Strategy 3
  • Activities 4
  • IHEU chairs and presidents 5
  • IHEU Awards 6
    • International Humanist Award 6.1
    • Distinguished Service to Humanism Award 6.2
    • Other Awards 6.3
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Footnotes 9
  • External links 10

IHEU holds a World Humanist Congress every three years, hosted by one of its members. The next is to be held in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2017.

In 2002, the IHEU General Assembly unanimously adopted the Amsterdam Declaration 2002[3] which represents the official defining statement of World Humanism. The Happy Human is the official symbol of the IHEU. IHEU has Special Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).[4]

) presided over the founding Congress of the IHEU. UNESCO (the first director of Julian Huxley [2]

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