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AAI is a global federation of atheist groups and individuals committed to educating its members and the public about atheism and critical thinking, and to supporting atheists around the world who are discriminated against and criminalized. AAI was granted UN Special Consultative status in 2013.

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AAI supports atheist organizations world-wide by assisting them with local campaigns, secular education and coaching, and by encouraging interactions between groups. AAI also provides advice, community and support to individual atheists, especially those whose lives are threatened or diminished by theists. Watch our video ↠


Fighting for Atheist Rights

People should be as free to be atheists as they are to be conservative or liberal; Christians or Muslims. The truth is, in many parts of the world, atheists are not free. Too often atheists are persecuted and discriminated against by civil authorities.

In some countries, particularly Islamic countries, atheists are criminalized and live in fear of fear of loss of rights, imprisonment, public lashing or execution by the state.

AAI is campaigning for the Right to be Secular. We need to clarify Human Rights declarations and treaties to explicitly confer upon atheists the same rights as are enjoyed by the religious.

Read more about this exciting and important campaign ↠

AAI-supported campaign for secular education in Greece

An interesting development regarding an AAI supported campaign for secular education in Greece.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) addresses the Greek Government as well as the Atheist Union of Greece (one of our affiliates) with the question:

“Does the applicant’s inability to prevent the alleged ‘contemptuous and sectarian’ presentation of atheism in the religious course for the school year 2017-2018 violate the right to freedom of conscience of its members, which is enshrined in Article 9 in conjunction with Article 14 of the Convention?”

Full story here

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Umar Farouk is FREE!

Today, prison guards escorted Umar Farouk to a Kano court where he was handed over to our lawyers. Sixteen-year-old Umar had been found guilty of blasphemy in a Kano magistrates court on August 10 and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with menial labor.

Full Story here ↠

AAI Internet Café—Democratic Republic of the Congo

Atheist Alliance International has funded and supported the creation of an AAI Internet Café in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Accessing the internet in the DRC is a big challenge. Many people are forced to travel long distances for internet services that are scarce and far too expensive for most people to afford.

Full Story here

Humanist Leader Illegally Detained in Northern Nigeria

Mubarak Bala, the President of The Humanist Association of Nigeria was arrested on April 28 and taken to Kano State in the custody of the Kano Police Command. Since then, Mubarak has not been charged, he has not appeared in court, he has not been permitted to see, or speak with, his family or his lawyers. Police refuse to disclose his whereabouts to his lawyers or even to provide proof of life. Mubarak has disappeared and Kano police are responsible.

Every Story Here:

Free Mubarak Bala! ↠
14-Day Update ↠
Mubarak—45 Days in Custody ↠
Happy Birthday, My Brother, Mubarak Bala! ↠
Mrs. A Mubarak Speaks [text] ↠
Mrs. A Mubarak’s Video 
Putting Mubarak’s Accuser To The Test ↠
Kano Police Chief Rips up Court Order ↠
After 100 days, Mubarak’s wife petitions the Nigerian Senate ↠
Best News in 24 Weeks ↠
Nigerian Court Fails to Deliver Fundamental Rights Judgment ↠ 
Court Orders Mubarak Bala to be freed ↠

Know someone who loves books?

Books are a wonderful present that can last a lifetime. We have curated a treasure trove of books on all aspects of atheism, and other topics too—including a selection of books suitable for kids.

Many of these books will be especially valuable for people who are doubting their religion and for people who have recently discarded their religion and want to learn more.

See the full selection here

ASN Officers awaiting the judgment
ASN Officers awaiting the judgment

Atheists Appeal Judgement in Nigeria

Our affiliate, the Atheist Society of Nigeria (ASN) has lodged an appeal against the decision of the High Court at Akwa Ibom to dismiss its claim that the government of Akwa Ibom state’s funding and promotion of a huge Christian worship centre in the city of Uyo was unconstitutional and illegal.

The ASN Board has resolved to fight the case all the way to the Supreme Court of Nigeria if it turns out to be necessary. ASN believes that the constitution of the Federation requires separation of church and state, a principle that is widely abused in Nigeria.

More details here ↠

Also see:
The back story ↠
Summons served ↠ 
Defense filed ↠
The decision PART I ↠
The decision PART II ↠

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Council of Ex-Muslims of Sri Lanka: Pakistan Has Failed to Protect Its Minorities

On the 23rd of March, 2021, Pakistani prime minister Mr. Imran Khan arrives on an official visit to Sri Lanka. Our affiliate, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Sri Lanka issued the following statement: CEM...

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