Center for Inquiry Prepares for Human Rights Council

February 24, 2014

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is preparing to engage in global human rights discourse at the upcoming 25th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), to be held March 3-28 in Geneva, Switzerland. CFI representatives are scheduled to speak on the persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan, the crackdown on free speech in Bangladesh, the spread of female genital mutilation, and discrimination against LGBT persons based on “traditional values,” among other issues. 

The HRC meets biannually to debate topics and consider resolutions related to basic human rights outlined in documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. 

For years, the Center for Inquiry—in collaboration with the International Humanist and Ethical Union and the British Humanist Association—has delivered statements on issues such as servile marriage, honor killings, religious tolerance, freedom of expression, and lobbied to include the non-religious in UN measures on religious discrimination.  

CFI’s 2014 delegation is led by writer and activist Raheel Raza. Additional representatives include Cathy Buchs, David Cornut, Josephine Macintosh, and Maya Stoyanova. They will deliver more than a half dozen statements and represent CFI in meetings with foreign representatives.

“Thanks to the efforts of our brilliant and tireless volunteers, CFI will once again help to shed light on a number of grave human rights abuses and pressure members of the global community to uphold basic human rights standards,” said Michael De Dora, director of CFI’s Office of Public Policy and the organization’s main representative to the United Nations. “We are proud to join other NGOs in continuing to work for a world where all persons enjoy the basic freedoms outlined in international human rights law.”

CFI will make its statements public once the session is completed.

You can learn more about CFI’s work at the UN here.