United Nations


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)

Updates


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Joint Statement on Mauritania: Death Penalty for Blasphemy and Journalist’s Imprisonment
United 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 Council
United 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 Council
United 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 Council
United 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.


CFI Prepares for 31st Session of UN Human Rights Council
United Nations
March 4, 2016

The Center for Inquiry’s main representative to the United Nations, Michael De Dora, will return to Geneva, Switzerland next week to attend the 31st regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, being held February 29 through March 24 at the Palais des Nations.


CFI Spotlights Women’s Rights, Extremism in Bangladesh at UN Human Rights Council
United Nations
September 28, 2015

Violence and judicial discrimination against women, and the troubling rise of religious extremism in Bangladesh, were among issues raised by representatives for the Center for Inquiry at the 30th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, being held September 14 to October 2, 2015.


At UN Human Rights Council, CFI Spotlights Persecution of Non-Religious, Suppression of Freethought
United Nations
June 29, 2015

Governments around the world must stop persecuting the non-religious and suppressing freethought, testified the Center for Inquiry at the 29th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Geneva, Switzerland.


CFI Defends Freedom of Religion, Belief, and Expression at 28th Session of Human Rights Council
United Nations
March 26, 2015

The Center for Inquiry’s director of public policy and main representative to the United Nations, Michael De Dora, addressed issues related to the rights to freedom of religion, belief, and expression while representing CFI at this month’s 28th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council, held March 2-27 in Geneva, Switzerland.


CFI Criticizes Saudi Arabia’s Hypocrisy on Religious Freedom at UN Human Rights Council
United Nations
March 17, 2015

CFI slams hypocrisy of Saudi Arabia’s plans to host a key international human rights conference, calling on the country to free its prisoners of conscience and protect the rights to freedom of religion, belief, and expression.