Jane OSCEAtheist Ireland has made the following recommendations to the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) after taking part in the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, Poland, last week.

A – Overall Recommendations for Sessions 14 and 15

1. Host an event to combat specifically discrimination against atheists
2. Appoint an official to report specifically on discrimination against atheists
3. Support Dublin Declaration on Secularism and the Place of Religion in Public Life
4. Support Dublin Declaration on Empowering Women Through Secularism
5. Change relations of OSCE and States with the Holy See/Catholic Church

B – Recommendations related to Ireland for Sessions 14 and 15

6. Constitutional amendments regarding freedom of religion or belief in Ireland
7. End religious discrimination in the Irish education system
8. Amend the Civil Registration Act in Ireland to treat atheists equally
9. Vindicate the reproductive rights of women in Ireland
10. Redress for historic abuse of women and children in Ireland
11. Implement conclusions on freedom of religion of UN Human Rights Committee
12. Implement conclusions on the right to education of UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 2015, UN Human Rights Committee under ICCPR 2014, European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance 2013, UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2011, UN Human Rights Committee under ICCPR 2008, Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities 2006, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child 2006, and UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination 2005.

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No reason to believe in God? The full debate at University College Dublin Literary and Historical Society two weeks ago. This was one of the best attended debates of its kind in recent years in an Irish university.

Speakers For:
Dan Clifford, ex-Auditor of UCD Philosophy Society
Dr. Arif Ahmed, Cambridge Professor of Philosophy
Michael Nugent, Chairperson of Atheist Ireland
Amy Crean, Librarian of UCD L&H Society

Speakers Against:
Sandi Ndebele, Debates Convenor UCD L&H Society
Dr. Gerard Casey, UCD Professor of Philosophy
Dr. David Glass, Science and Faith Scholar
Aodhan Peelo, European University Debating Finalist


Here are Jane Donnelly’s and my contributions to the OSCE Human Dimension meeting in Warsaw, Poland, this week.

Jane Donnelly on religious discrimination in Irish schools

Michael Nugent on ending discrimination against atheists


Atheist Ireland made two formal contributions to today’s OSCE human rights conference in Warsaw, highlighting religious discrimination against atheists and members of minority faiths in Ireland and throughout the OSCE. Jane Donnelly sopke on discrimination in the Irish education system, and I spoke on other forms of discrimination. We also engaged in lobbying with various delegations. Here are the two formal contributions to today’s sessions:

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Atheist Ireland in Warsaw this week for OSCE human rights conference

September 29, 2015

Atheist Ireland is in Poland this week, highlighting the religious discrimination against atheists and members of minority faiths throughout the OSCE, and particularly in Ireland. The event is the annual human rights conference organised by the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe), which includes over fifty States from Europe, North America and Asia. […]

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Will the Pope visit a Catholic Ireland in 2018? My discussion on Today FM

September 28, 2015

I discussed the possible Papal visit to Ireland in 2018, with Irish Catholic editor Michael Kelly, on Today FM with Matt Cooper this afternoon.

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Universities should support free speech against the protests of students unions and shock-bloggers

September 26, 2015

Update: University of Warwick Students Union has now approved Maryam to speak at this event and has apologised to her. Universities should be prepared to host events at which speakers cause offence to people who do not share their beliefs, as long as such events do not break the laws of the land or incite […]

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No reason to believe in God – my talk at UCD debate

September 25, 2015

This is my contribution to the debate this week at UCD Literary and Historical Society, which attracted over five hundred students, on the motion that there is no reason to believe in God. The full debate will be online soon. No reason to believe in God I think we have to assume that the motion is […]

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Atheist Ireland report to UN for Universal Periodic Review of Ireland

September 21, 2015

Atheist Ireland has submitted the following report for the next United Nations Universal Periodic Review of Ireland’s human rights record. We will also be attending the review, to lobby the Council members about religious discrimination against atheists and minority faith members in Ireland. As well as this individual report from Atheist Ireland, we have contributed to […]

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How to Promote Secularism – my talk at Humani in Belfast

September 11, 2015

What are the practicalities of how to promote secularism? My talk at Humani, the Northern Ireland Humanist Association, in Belfast yesterday.

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