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Minority ethnic and poor pupils significantly less likely to get places at church schools

New research has revealed that the average minority ethnic or poor pupil who applies for a place at a Church of England or Roman Catholic state school in England is significantly less likely to get that place when compared to the average white or better-off pupil. The research was conducted by Dr Matthew Weldon of the […]

Scottish Court throws out case against home use of abortion pills

The Court of Session has dismissed a judicial review brought by the anti-abortion campaign group SPUC (the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) against the Scottish Government’s decision to allow women to take misoprostol, the second drug used to effect an early medical abortion, in the safety of their home. Humanists UK has welcomed […]

New research confirms substantial majority of Scottish people are not religious and not spiritual

A new report, commissioned by Humanist Society Scotland, reveals that a substantial majority (59%) of Scottish people do not hold either religious or spiritual beliefs. The research carried out by Survation, polled over 1,000 Scottish residents about a range of issues relating to their religious affiliations and beliefs. The report’s key findings are: Most people […]

Objections against some aspects of parental dress code in faith school admission policy upheld

A state faith school in London previously exposed by Humanists UK for redacting mentions of same-sex relationships and women’s rights in its textbooks, has been criticised by Office of the Schools Adjudicator for lacking reasonableness, clarity, and objectivity in its admissions policy. The Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School had applied ‘modesty and holiness’ requirements upon […]

Women in Northern Ireland will be able to access abortions services in the Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland Health Minister, Simon Harris, has confirmed that women resident in Northern Ireland will be able to access abortion services in the Republic of Ireland, after legislation to remove the ban on abortion is passed in the autumn. Humanists UK, which has campaigned for free, safe, and legal abortion services in Northern Ireland, has […]

Victory! Last area of England routinely providing homeopathy on the NHS to stop

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire has announced that it will no longer routinely fund homeopathy remedies. This was the last CCG in England to fund homeopathy. Humanists UK, which responded to two consultations held by the CCG, has hailed this announcement as a victory for evidence-based medicine on […]

Humanists UK provides first ever training for police on issues linked to apostasy

Faith to Faithless, Humanists UK’s support network for those leaving high-control religious communities, has provided the first ever training to a UK police service on the problems faced by apostates. Humanists UK hopes to roll out this training across all police services nationally. This training, which was with the Metropolitan Police Service’s Hate Crime Team […]

Humanists condemn the rise of ‘the politics of division’

Meeting at the General Assembly of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) in New Zealand, representatives of humanist and secularist organisations from around the globe have passed a resolution condemning the resurgence of the politics of division and demagoguery that is taking place in many parts of the world. Humanists UK, a prominent member […]

Success! Government to introduce opt-out organ donation in England

The Government has announced that it will introduce an opt-out organ donation system in England by the spring of 2020. This means a deceased person will be assumed to have consented to organ donation unless they have previously opted out. Specialist nurses will discuss donation with families so that an individual’s wishes are respected. A […]

‘Only connect’: Humanists UK working to combat loneliness

The national charity for non-religious people, Humanists UK, is exploring new ways to combat the issue of loneliness through its work in the community. The issue of loneliness has come to increasing public attention in recent months, in part due to the work of the Jo Cox Foundation, named after the murdered Labour MP Jo […]

Falkland Islands’ legislature passes motions in favour of assisted dying

The Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly has voted in favour of a motion to support the right of terminally ill islanders to choose a dignified assisted death, by a margin of four votes to three, with one abstention. The Legislative Assembly also passed a second motion stating that in the event that assisted dying is legalised in […]

Humanists UK submits evidence on building community cohesion in the face of rising hate crime

Humanists UK has submitted written evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hate Crime’s inquiry on building community cohesion when hate crime is on the rise. Humanists UK’s evidence focused on the positive impact that allowing children of different ethnic and religious backgrounds the opportunity to mix at school has on community cohesion, and […]

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