The 2017 edition of the 2017 Freedom of Thought Report has today highlighted “severe discrimination” against non-religious people in New Zealand.

The report, published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union, has called New Zealand out for the severity of our outdated blasphemy law that is still lingering in our legislation, despite repeated attempts to repeal it.

The report, which documents discrimination and persecution against humanists, atheists, and the non-religious, has placed New Zealand in one of the highest categories of discrimination.

President of the Humanist Society, Sara Passmore, said, “We welcome the findings of this report because it shows how far we have to go to be truly fair and equal society.

“There are more non-religious people in New Zealand than any other belief group. That a majority of us face discrimination in government, education, our communities, and in our freedom of expression is shameful. We call on our Government to put people ahead of ideas and repeal our blasphemy law.”

The Humanist Society of New Zealand, which represents the 41% of people in the country who are not religious, says that the findings of this report show where we can make the greatest gains to ending discrimination. We’ll continue to push for human rights, secularism, and a fairer society for all.