U.N. Initiative

We, the supporters of the initiative to protect the internationally recognized human rights of apostates and apostasy, call upon the United Nations to pass a resolution in opposition to the ongoing persecution of apostates in various States around the globe, to condemn actions against apostates that amount to crimes against humanity, to engage in a comprehensive study of State sanctioned or allowed atrocities being committed against apostates, and to implement effective sanctions against those States found to engage in or support crimes against and the denial of human rights of apostates.

Further, we recommend as a minimal context of such a resolution the following:

  • Reaffirm the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and its charge to protect the human rights of all of the people of the world;
  • Reaffirm the principles as outlined by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, particularly regarding Article 18;
  • Determine to combat by all means threats to international peace and individual security against governments who sanction or commit ‘crimes against humanity’ upon apostates;
  • Unequivocally condemn all violations of international humanitarian law and of human rights whereever they may occur and demand that all States concerned comply fully with their obligations in this regard and reiterate that all those who commit violations of international humanitarian law will be held individually responsible in respect of such acts;
  • Invite the Secretary-General to carry out a study on the full extent of violations of international humanitarian law and of human rights with regard to apostacy and issue a report of findings to the U.N. General Assembly and Security Council;
  • Expresses its deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families for atrosities committed against those accused of apostasy worldwide;
  • Expresses its readiness to take all necessary steps to respond to violations of Human Rights with regard to apostates, and to combat all forms of State sanctioned violations against and denial of human rights regarding apostates, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations;
  • Decide to remain seized of the matter.