Why does an atheist work at the UN to defend the human right to freedom of religion or belief and does this right protect humanists and atheists? Cherry will also highlight IHEU's current campaign against efforts to have the UN outlaw "defamation of religion" which would amount to a global blasphemy law.
Matt Cherry is IHEU International Representative and leads the IHEU delegation to the United Nations headquarters in New York. He has served two terms as president of the UN NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, where he is now vice president. Over the past two decades Matt Cherry has played a leading role in humanist groups in Britain, the Netherlands, and the USA, including five years as executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism and eight years as executive director of the Institute for Humanist Studies. He has co-authored books on secular parenting and humanism in business.