The Council of Australian Humanist Societies is joining a network of non-religious groups to raise funds to provide advocacy and support to humanists and atheists who are facing persecution and targeted violence around the world.
The network, supported by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £10,000
The campaign is being launched on 21 June, to mark what the global non-religious community recognises as World Humanist Day and can be found at gofundme.com/whd2017.
The fundraising drive comes after the IHEU’s annual Freedom of Thought Report (2016) highlighted a rise in targeted violence against non-religious people.
Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Lyndon Storey, CAHS President, said:
“The Australian humanist movement is strongly supporting this global campaign on behalf of humanists and non religious people at risk throughout the world. We are calling on all our members and supporters to give what they can to help us raise the £10,000 target.”
IHEU President Andrew Copson also commented:
“It has never been more important that our global community comes together to support those in need, and we’re extremely grateful for the support of organizations like the Council of Australian Humanist Societies.
“As we see a rise in targeted violence against the non-religious, in particular at the hands of Islamist extremists, it is important that as a global organisation we have the resources we need to provide effective advocacy and support to those in need.”