"The right to freedom of thought and belief is one and the same right for all."
Absolutely! I cannot tell you what you should think or believe, and you cannot abridge my Right to think and believe as I do!
"No one anywhere should ever be forced into or out of a belief."
Yup! We can each reason and argue and apply thought and discernment to a belief, or a disbelief, without coercion/intimidation to accept someone else’s beliefs with which we disagree.
"The right to freedom of expression is global in its scope."
True! But “My right to throw a punch ends at the nose of the other person.” is the standard.
The point where my freedom of expression impacts someone else’s is the point where we must either back off, agree, or agree to disagree.
"There is no right not to be offended, or not to hear contrary opinions."
This is the ‘non-right’ which moves civilizations forward. As long as there are people,
We will have offenders and offendees. We all assume both roles as part of our freedom of thought.
If I cannot express myself without offending you, if you are not free to offend me by your expression…
Then chaos. Darkness.
"States must not restrict thought and expression merely to protect the government from criticism."
We see this broken machine displayed in many countries where those in power insulate themselves from the powerless. Eventually, every broken machine is replaced.
"Freedom of belief is absolute but the freedom to act on a belief is not."
Finally something I disagree with! If action is restricted, then the belief is restricted. If I am not allowed to act on my belief, it is abridged. Freedom to believe (or NOT believe) encompasses the freedom to act on that belief!
Statements in bold are from the 2014 World Humanist Congress, gathered in Oxford, UK, on 8-10 August 2014