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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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.


Confronting State-Sanctioned Religious Violence: A Statement to the UN Human Rights Council
United Nations
March 11, 2015

An update from CFI’s representative to the United Nations, Michael De Dora, from the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which is ongoing through March 27.


CFI at the 27th UN Human Rights Council: Advocating for Dissidents, Women’s Rights, Free Expression
United Nations
October 6, 2014

CFI’s Michael De Dora addressed a range of crucial global human rights issues while representing CFI at this month’s 27th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council, held September 8-26 in Geneva, Switzerland.


Center for Inquiry Advances Women’s Rights, Freedom of Thought at UN Human Rights Council
United Nations
July 9, 2014

Representatives of the Center for Inquiry (CFI) addressed alarming global restrictions on women’s rights and freedom of thought at the 26th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) held June 10-27 in Geneva, Switzerland.


Saudi Arabia Tries to Silence Center for Inquiry at Meeting of UN Human Rights Council
United Nations
June 23, 2014

Secularists condemn Kingdom’s human rights abuses; right to speak supported by other member states.


Humanist Values Championed by CFI at UN Human Rights Council
United Nations
April 8, 2014

CFI addresses persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan, crackdown on free speech in Bangladesh, spread of harmful religious practices against girls, brutal human rights record in Saudi Arabia, and violence and discrimination against LGBT persons in Russia and Uganda based on “traditional values,” which are often used as a cover for religion.


Center for Inquiry Prepares for Human Rights Council
United Nations
February 24, 2014

Secularist group to focus on rights to freedom of belief and expression, LGBT rights, and genital mutilation.


Egyptian, Moroccan Dissidents to Join Online Discussion for International Blasphemy Rights Day
United Nations
September 26, 2013

CFI will mark International Blasphemy Rights Day on Monday, Sept. 30, with an online discussion featuring persecuted young atheists Alber Saber and Kacem El Ghazzali, who were forced to flea their home countries after facing charges of blasphemy and repeated death threats.