WUF Congress in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Esch-sur-Alzette was the venue for the 2019 Congress of the World Union of Free Thinkers on 13 and 14 September. The second largest city in the Grand Duchy, a centre of iron ore mining for decades, is also the centre of the Luxembourg labour movement. For more than a century, the wealth of the city, which today has 35,000 inhabitants, has been based on the hard work of the miners (a mural in the centre of Esch next door). During the Nazi occupation from 1940 to 1944, Esch was one of the centres of anti-fascist resistance, as evidenced by the Musée nationale de la résistance in the city centre.

The two days focused on a colloquium on the theme of “Migration and Laicity”. Several speeches dealt with the topic. Rüdiger Pauls, Trier, criticized left-wing refugee policy. The only credible policy is to point out the real causes of the refugee crisis: the imperialist policy of the West. The West’s imperialist policy is to make the population pay twice, first by housing the people forced to flee and then by the immense costs of the wars. The consequence of this is the lack of necessary improvements in schools, infrastructure, culture and so on. There, the billions spent on wars were missing. The 2 % target for armament expenditure is being maintained unflinchingly, but there is no money for enough crèches. These contradictions should be brought openly into the debate. Klaus Hartmann, President of the Deutscher Freidenker-Bund (German Freethinkers’ Association), stated on the subject that for the world’s population not migration, as some would have us believe, is the norm, but settledness. The greetings of the Luxembourg freethinkers were delivered by their president Edouard Kutten. He pointed out the inconsistency of politics when even in officially secular states secularism is sacrificed to opportunism. The detailed presentations will soon be available here.

During the two days, the Office and the International Council discussed WUF’s day-to-day business.

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WUF Congress from 22 to 23 June 2018 in Basle

From 22 to 23 June, the Congress of the World Union of Freethinkers met in Basle. A public part was dedicated to the topic “Free Thinking and the Emancipation of the Personality”. The speeches on the topic by Klaus Hartmann (Germany), Jean-François Maréchal (Belgium) and Gilles Poulet (France) are available on «News».

The Bureau and the International Council of the WUF also met on this occasion to discuss statutory business. The representatives of the national organisations provided information about the situation in their countries and cultivated a lively exchange of experience. The International Council elected replacements to the Bureau and confirmed Klaus Hartmann as President of the World Union. Minka Hofer of the Free Thinkers of Northwestern Switzerland followed the discussions with observer status.

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Die Weltunion der Freidenker (WUF) traf sich am 1. und 2. September 2017 in Köln

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Büro und Internationaler Rat der Weltunion der Freidenker trafen sich am 1. und 2. September 2017  zu einer gemeinsamen Tagung im Kölner Freidenker-Zentrum. Am Nachmittag des 2. September 2017  fand im Kölner Freidenker-Zentrum ein Kolloquium zum Thema

 „Fake news” – eine Herausforderung für die Verteidigung des freien Denkens

Es sprachen:

Gilles Poulet (Président de l’Association Des Libres Penseurs De France – ADLPF):
„Meinungsmache: Kunst der Politiker und Werbeagenten – Fake News: Teil ihres Arsenals“

Anneliese Fikentscher und Andreas Neumann (Vorstandsmitglieder der Arbeiterfotografie):
„Herrschaftsmittel Fake“

Klaus Hartman (Bundesvorsitzender des Deutschen Freidenker-Verbands):
„Gegen ‚Fake News‘ – nicht immer ein Kampf für die Wahrheit“

IR-Sitzung: Bericht des DFV (Ian Bailey)

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Sitzung des Internationalen Rates
12. Februar 2016 in Paris
Bericht des Deutschen Freidenker-Verbands

Berichterstatter: Ian Bailey, Heidelberg

Ich möchte hiermit, kurz einige Wörter zur Tätigkeit des Deutschen Freidenker-Verbands seit unserer letzten Tagung im September 2014 in Spa sagen. Continue reading →

Liberté de conscience et Liberté d’expression

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Chers Camarades,

le Bureau et le Conseil International de l’UMPL se réuniront le

Vendredi 12 Février 2016 de 10 à 17 heures à la
Mairie du 10è Arrondissement de Paris.
72, rue du Fbg St Martin
(Métro Château d’Eau Ligne 4)

10 – 12 :30 heures: Réunion commune du Bureau et du Conseil International

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Mannheim May 2013: Against the instrumentalization of religious fanatism for imperialist wars

44th Congress of theWorld Union of Freethinkers, Mannheim 24th – 26th May 2013

The World Union of Freethinkers accuses western militatry powers and NATO of waging more and more wars adverse to international law in pursuit of their economic interests and striving for domination. Countries which are not prepared to subordinate to their geostrategical interests and their exploitation are demonized, defamed with false allegations and are destabilized through the support of armed groups. Through regime changes and the destruction of states, a new world order is being created with only a few oligarchist commanders and a large number of vassals to whom they are obliged to pay tribute. All of this is happening in contradiction to the UN Charta. Continue reading →

Gegen die Privatisierung des Wassers und die Patentierung unserer Lebensgrundlagen

44th Congress of theWorld Union of Freethinkers, Mannheim 24th – 26th May 2013

The World Union of Freethinkers protests against endeavours to privatize water for profit interests and the attempts to patent seed and life in general.

Large international groups want to acquire mankind’s sources of life; they want to control them and make people obliged to pay tribute for them. In doing so, they are increasing the amount of hunger, misery and poverty in the world. These endeavours are incompatible with the right to life and the right of self-determination.

We freethinkers support all initiatives and protests aiming to end these activities hostile to mankind.

Kampf gegen Faschismus und Krieg bleibt auf der Tagesordnung

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Kongress der Freidenker-Weltunion:

Vom 24. bis 26. Mai 2013 tagte in Mannheim der 44. Kongress der Weltunion der Freidenker. Der Baden-Württembergische Freidenker-Vorsitzende Ian Bailey begrüßte die Delegierten auf‚ heimischem Boden‘ im Bürgerhaus-Neckarstadt-West.

Im Mittelpunkt der Tagung stand das Verhältnis des Freien Denkens zur Politik: Der Vorstellung, die Freidenker sollten sich auf Themen der Religions- und Kirchenkritik beschränken, hielt Klaus Hartmann, Vorsitzender des Deutsch en Freidenker-Verbandes, in seinem Referat entgegen: „Freidenker kämpften immer gegen die Privilegien der Kirche. Wenn die Kirchen das Privileg beanspruchten, zu allen Fragen der Welt Stellung zu nehmen, werden Freidenker „die Kirchen doch nicht auch noch dafür honorieren, dass wir ihnen auf Gebieten, für die sie absolut unzuständig sind, das Feld überlassen, uns zurückziehen, und nur noch über die jungfräuliche Empfängnis, den Weihnachtsmann oder, wenn’s hochkommt, über pädophile Priester reden.“ Continue reading →