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Report on global persecution of the non-religious

Posted by Secular on December 13, 2012

A number of global secular organisations, including IHEU, the CFI have contributed to a ground-breaking report on the persecution of the non-religious.

We’re all aware that religious minorities around the world are always at risk in this respect. Less widely publicised is the situation regarding those of no faith, which is possibly much worse.

According to the CFI, ‘The report examines the laws and conditions in 60 different countries in which atheists, humanists, and skeptics are persecuted or discriminated against — in 2012 alone. Laws in these countries include restrictions on rights regarding citizenship, marriage, and access to education, as well as the criminalization of religious criticism, and even the mere expression of nonbelief. In many cases, the punishment for this kind of “crime” is death.’

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