Socio-economic rights

Humanists UK endorses the recognition in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that civil rights, such as the right to free speech and the right not to be discriminated against, need to be accompanied by socio-economic rights such as basic human rights to health and well-being, food and clothing, housing and education and medical care. We campaign for socio-economic inclusion as part of our campaigns around religious discrimination in school admissions, in particular. More generally, we do not duplicate the work of other secular organisations working to promote these human rights by campaigning on issues of poverty, global justice, and the protection of the environment for future generations, but we publicise them, encourage our members to support them, and provide specific support to particular campaigns and join coalitions, where appropriate and within the limits of our resources.

Humanists UK supports Humanists for a Better World – a network of humanists encouraged to take action and participate as humanists – in these important campaigns. We are also a member of the following coalitions and campaigns:

We are a member of a number of campaigns that support socio-economic rights, such as Make Poverty History, End Child Poverty, and the Jubilee Debt Campaign.

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You can get involved with Humanists for a Better World, or support any of the coalitions/campaigns mentioned above. You can also support Humanists UK by becoming a member. That helps in itself, and you can help even more by supporting our campaigns in the ways suggested above. But campaigns also cost money – quite a lot of money – and we also need financial support. You can make a donation to Humanists UK.

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