The Humanist Movement works for personal development as a function of social transformation.
It struggles for the humanization of the world as an internationalist and anti-discriminatory force based on solidarity and nonviolence as a methodology of action.
The doctrinaire aspects of the Movement’s activities and projects are based on the vision of Universal Humanism and this vision is the basis for its development and for the personal training of its members.
Report of the coordinating committee
Background and Recommendations
The work carried out for this Congress was realised by a Co-ordinating committee of the activities of the different Humanist Parties in formation. This commission assembled in 1984 in Madrid, Spain. This first meeting was held on May 1 during the culmination of the European campaign against unemployment.
At that time, the only current that spoke about Humanism in the sense of political action with an international character was the one represented by these parties.
The objective of the following is to broaden the ideas developed in the Declaration of Principles of the Humanist Party.
Before thinking about their origin or destiny human beings find themselves in a particular vital situation – a situation they did not choose.
Thus, human beings are born within a natural and social world plagued with physical and mental aggressions that they register as pain and suffering.
Humanists are women and men of this century, of this time. They recognize the achievements of humanism throughout history, and find inspiration in the contributions of many cultures, not only those that today occupy centre stage. They are also men and women who recognize that this century and this millennium are drawing to a close, and their project is a new world.
Humanists feel that their history is very long and that their future will be even longer.
The Humanist Party adopts the document known as the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" which was approved on December 10, 1948, by the United Nations. In spite of the time elapsed since its proclamation, the spirit and words of the text are still valid today.
The Humanist Party expressly proclaims:
On the other hand it expressly rejects:
As regards the methodology of action, it expressly confirms what was stated in its declaration of princip
What system, what nation, what people, what organisation escapes the general crisis today.
Nihilism, unemployment, inflation, violence, torture, persecution and death infiltrate everywhere.
In this emergency, Humanism gives a response in order to organise social relations from the human being and for the human being. This response is a social commitment that becomes a fact in the formation of the Humanist Party.