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Atheist Alliance International's Representation at the United Nations

christine-unWe are proud to announce that our president, Christine M. Shellska, has given a speech at the UN's Commission for Social Development. Prepared and researched by Rustam Singh, the speech brilliantly and succinctly details AAI's vision and goals for the future. The text of the speech, as well as a link to the video of Ms. Shellska presenting the speech, is provided below. 

Transcript of AAI’s oral statement presented at the Commission for Social Development, Fifty-third Session, 9th meeting, UN Headquarters, New York (Tuesday, February 10, 2015) 

Researched/prepared by:Mr. Rustam Singh, AAI UN Special Consultative Status Project Lead

Delivered by:Christine M. Shellska, President, AAI

Thank you, Madam Chair, for the opportunity to speak, and to the committee for your commendable work and your commitment to sustainable social development.

Atheist Alliance International’s vision is of a secular world, where public policy, scientific inquiry and education are not influenced by religious beliefs, but based upon sound reasoning, rationality and evidence.


AAI encourages nations to follow The Guide to the Implementation of the World Programme of Action for Youth, along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 2, which states that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as sex or religion or other opinion, thereby includingLesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals.

AAI also endorses the Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights entitled, Discriminatory Laws and Practicesand acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, and the methods suggested therein for international human rights laws that can be used to end violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

AAI condemns those nations that violate personal freedom and the choices of their citizens on the basis of sexual orientation under the purview of religious laws or other reasons.

 AAI also promotes governments to cooperate at the international level and to enact and enforce legislation protecting girls and young women from genital mutilation, which is religious stigma equivalent to violence against women as defined in the World Programme of Action for Youth.

 AAI offers advisory support to help suggest non-theist implementation of policies to Burkina Faso, where the WHO reports the prevalence of FGM to be at 72.5 percent.

 Endorsing the concept of the worldwide equality for the religious and the non-religious, and of the rights promoted by the World Programme of Action for Youth, AAI encourages:


  • State education should be secular.
  • Religions should have no special financial consideration in public life, such as tax-free status, or grants to run faith-based schools.
  • Children should be educated in critical thinking, and taught about the diversity of religious and nonreligious philosophical beliefs in an objective manner.
  • Science should be taught without religious interference.
  • Sex education curriculum should be informed by science, not religious beliefs.
  • There should be a secular state healthcare system where decisions are based on compassion, human rights and the medical needs of patients.
  • Health care and social service providers with religious beliefs should not be allowed to discriminate on the grounds not essential to the job in question.
  • No religious values, activities or environments should be imposed on health and social care recipients who do not share those religious beliefs. 
  • Finally, AAI categorically affirms that there is no right “not to be offended. All blasphemy laws, whether explicit or implicit, should be repealed and not be enacted.

 It is time to advance toward a secular worldbased on reason, science and compassion.

Affiliates & Associates

Atheist Foundation of Australia Progressive Atheists Atheist Community of SE Queensland Sydney Atheists
Liga Humanista Secular do Brasil
British Colombia Humanist Association Libres penseurs athées / Atheist Freethinkers
Organización Colombiana de Ateos Asociación de Ateos y Agnósticos del Atlántico
Ateistik Selskab
Gambia Secular Assembly
Internationaler Bund der Konfessionslosen und Atheisten e.V.
Atheist Union of Greece
Iniciativa Atea
Centar za građansku hrabrost (Center for Civil Courage)
Indonesian Atheists
کانون آگنوستیک ها و آتئیست های ایران
Atheist Ireland
ארגון האתאיסטים הישראלי ע"ר Hofesh
الجمهورية انانية
Freethought Lebanon
Malta Humanist Association
المملكة اربية
Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco
Atheistich Verbond
Nigerian Humanist Movement
اسلامی جsریۂ
پاکستانی ملحد اور Agnostics
حركة الملحد / ملحد الفلسطينية
Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society Humanist Alliance Philippines, International
Общество современного атеизма, гуманизма и межрелигиозной толерантности (SMAH) Здравомыслие
Humanist Society (Singapore)
Free Society Institute

Suomen Ateistiyhdistys
Atheism Association of Turkey
Humanist Association for Leadership, Equity and Accountability
Atheism UK Council of ex-Muslims of Britain
Atheist Alliance of America Freedom From Religion Foundation Secular Humanist Society of New York


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