The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is an active non-governmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations, and has held special consultative status under the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2005. CFI has a presence at both the UN headquarters in New York City, and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
CFI’s mission to the UN works to protect and advance universal human rights from a secular, science-based perspective, focusing mainly on three interrelated areas of humans rights: freedom of religion, belief, and expression; women’s rights; and LGBT equality.
In New York, CFI representatives attend high-level conferences, deliver oral and written statements, directly engage foreign diplomats and delegations, and collaborate with groups on several NGO committees, including the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, the NGO Committee on Human Rights, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, and the NGO Committee on the Rights of the Child.
In Geneva, CFI representatives attend the regular sessions of the Human Rights Council to deliver oral and written statements, and directly engage foreign diplomats and delegations on human rights matters relevant to the Council’s proceedings.
CFI’s mission to the UN is currently comprised of the following representatives:
Robyn Blumner, Main Representative to the United Nations (New York, Geneva)
Jasmine Sarryeh, Additional Representative (New York)
Raheel Raza, Additional Representative (Geneva)
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The Rights of Nonbelievers and Iran’s Abuses: CFI at the UN Human Rights CouncilUnited Nations
March 9, 2020
On March 3 and 9, the Center for Inquiry’s United Nations Advocate, Andreas Kyriacou, delivered statements to the UN Human Rights Council. There, he called for the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief to bring the “necessary vigor” to addressing the persecution of nonbelievers and secularists around the world, and urged the Council …
Blasphemy and Apostasy Laws in Qatar and Brunei: CFI at the UN Human Rights CouncilUnited Nations
September 24, 2019
Andreas Kyriacou, United Nations Advocate for the Center for Inquiry, delivered two separate statements to the UN Human Rights Council on September 20, 2019. There, he called on the governments of Qatar and Brunei to “catapult themselves into modernity” by granting their people fundamental human rights and ending their laws against apostasy and blasphemy. Video …
CFI’s UN Advocate Takes on Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights RecordUnited Nations
July 9, 2019
Last week, Andreas Kyriacou, United Nations Advocate for the Center for Inquiry, delivered a statement before the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, where he raised the issue of how Saudi Arabia’s membership on the Human Rights Council is “undermining the core purpose of this council,” specifically citing the circumstances surrounding …
CFI at the 40th Session of the UN Human Rights CouncilUnited Nations
April 2, 2019
Last month, CFI’s new United Nations Advocate Andreas Kyriacou attended the 40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. There, he delivered oral and written statements on issues core to CFI’s international mission; the persecution of atheists in Iran, the danger faced by children with albinism in several East African countries due …
CFI Welcomes New UN Advocate: Andreas KyriacouUnited Nations
February 20, 2019
The Center for Inquiry has held special consultative status with the United Nations since 2005, allowing us to advance our mission on the world stage, form alliances with like-minded international organizations, deliver public addresses to an audience of diplomats and delegations, and sometimes even stir up a little trouble when needed. Our UN representatives have the responsibility …
Joint Statement on Mauritania: Death Penalty for Blasphemy and Journalist’s ImprisonmentUnited Nations
June 29, 2018
JOINT ORAL STATEMENT UN Human Rights Council, 38th Session (18th June – 6th July 2018) General Debate on Item 4: Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention On 27 April 2018, Mauritania’s National Assembly adopted an amendment to the Penal Code which makes the death penalty mandatory for anyone convicted of “blasphemous speech” and …
CFI Hosts Visit of UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief to Washington, D.C.United Nations
April 6, 2017
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) hosted a visit from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmed Shaheed, to Washington, D.C. this week for meetings with civil society representatives and government officials. The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief is an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council for a maximum …
Center for Inquiry Spotlights Freedom of Conscience at 34th Session of UN Human Rights CouncilUnited Nations
March 27, 2017
The Center for Inquiry (CFI) focused on the right to freedom of conscience and engaged on a number of important resolutions at the 34th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, held February 27-March 24, 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland. Over the course of the Council session, CFI’s main representative to the UN, Michael …
Center for Inquiry Active at 32nd Session of UN Human Rights CouncilUnited Nations
June 30, 2016
The Center for Inquiry pressed member states to protect a wide range of fundamental human rights at the 32nd regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, held June 13 through July 1, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. CFI was represented by main representative to the UN Michael De Dora, who delivered two oral statements …
CFI Defends Freedom of Religion, Belief, and Expression at 31st Session of Human Rights CouncilUnited Nations
March 25, 2016
The Center for Inquiry forcefully defended fundamental human rights at the 31st regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.