The Humanist Association of Ghana (HAG) is a registered non-profit organization of atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and skeptics living in Ghana who subscribe to the philosophy of secular humanism as a life stance, work to protect human rights and promote critical thinking.
The Humanist Association of Ghana wishes to formally register our concern over the apparent suspension of the registration of Atheists in Kenya. We see this as a direct attack on the freedom of belief and association as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Articles 18, 19, 20).
Like Ghana, the Constitution of Kenya establishes the country as a secular state enjoining the government to remain neutral over matters pertaining to religion. We are therefore concerned that the government appears to be cowering under pressure from various religious groupings calling for a ban on AIK (Atheists in Kenya). It is a shame to see the government of a supposedly secular and democratic state like Kenya buckle under pressure from the religious public. One sure way by which freedom in a state is measured is the freedom that minorities enjoy. In bending over to the whims of a religious majority (in spite of the fact that no single argument proffered against AIK stands the test of sound interrogation), the government has chosen to institute a dictatorship of the (religious) majority in Kenya. It needs no mention that this is a dangerous path, and flies in the face of the constitutional provision of freedom of association. It is also a dangerous precedent in disallowing minorities the free exercise of their beliefs, and it lays the bedrock for a disharmonious living arrangement between religious people and atheists in Kenya.
In light of the above, the Humanist Association of Ghana requests that the government of Kenya issue a categorical statement on whether AIK has now been de-registered and, if so, to give clear reasons why this is deemed acceptable.
Signed on behalf of Members of the Humanist Association of Ghana
Acting President / Organising Secretary – Humanist Association of Ghana (HAG) & Secretary for the African working group (IHEYO)