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"Our primary task is to make human beings aware in the simplest terms of what humanism can mean to them and what it commits them to.By utilising free inquiry,the power of science and creative imagination for the furtherance of peace and in service compassion,we have confidence that we have the means to solve the problems that confront us all.We call upon all who share this conviction to associate themselves with us in this endeavour."                         Amsterdam Declaration 2002

The International Humanist Youth Conference in Kampala - Uganda
20 - 24 May.

The yearly humanist world conference for youth is really a trademark from International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organisation (IHEYO).It is a unique opportunity for young humanists from all over ,to exchange ideas,getting to know the organisations,exchange information about youth training and camps and the like.

Indeed when it came to Uganda this time,many Ugandan youths benefited.Among the youth at the conference were a handful of Ugandan homosexuals, the majority of whom were from SMUG.

It is rare for a conference on human rights to even mention a little bit of "homosexuals" here in Uganda.However,the humanists on their conference programme had an entire workshop on Homosexual issues in Uganda.

At the conference,the young humanists expressed great concern,understanding and sympathy towards the discrimination and harassement that homosexuals face in Uganda.To this,they came up with a resolution to support the struggle to freedom of homosexuals in this country.

The homosexuals at the conference welcomed the principles of humanism,one of which states that,
"Humanism aims at the fullest possible development of every human being.It holds that democracy and human development are matters of right.Principles of democracy and human rights can be applied to many human relationships and are not restricted to methods of government."

This principle,and many other humanist principles require great attention and we as homosexuals believe that should humanity take on them,then the world will become a better place to live in.

Humanism is taking root in Uganda through the Uganda Humanist Association(UHASSO).

We are very grateful indeed to IHEYO for the great support that they extend to homosexuals in Uganda.

    "It's not common for us to get know!"




Some comments by SMUG members on the IHEYO Conference.

"...Very educative,informative,inspiring and a friends' maker.The principles of humanism make me happier every other day!"