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Assisted dying legalised in Western Australia

A second Australian state has legalised voluntary assisted dying for terminally ill adults living in pain after what the health minister described as a ‘significant moment’ for the typically conservative state. The lower house in Western Australia yesterday approved the Labor Government’s Bill which will allow terminally ill Western Australians the right to end their […]

Humanists UK publishes parties’ policies on humanist issues

Humanists UK is urging its supporters to ask their election candidates where they stand on humanist issues including assisted dying, humanist marriage, inclusive education, religious discrimination in schools, and other issues ahead of the general election on 12 December. It has published tables comparing the major parties’ policies in Great Britain and Northern Ireland on […]

Take action! Help secure safe and accessible abortion in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Humanists is encouraging its members and supporters to respond to a UK Government consultation on new regulations for abortion in Northern Ireland, which will come into force next year. The consultation closes on 16 December.  Abortion was legalised in Northern Ireland on 22 October, and from 31 March 2020, abortion will be available […]

Humanists UK welcomes new patrons Sally Le Page, Hannah Peel, and Catie Wilkins

Humanists UK is pleased to announce the appointment of three new patrons from the fields of science education, music, and the arts. They are Sally Le Page, popular evolutionary biologist and YouTuber; Hannah Peel, artist, producer, and composer; and well known comedian, writer and podcaster, Catie Wilkins. Sally Le Page is an evolutionary biologist and […]

Humanists UK mourns Sir Jonathan Miller CBE

Humanists UK is deeply sad to report the death of its patron, the author and polymath Sir Jonathan Miller CBE. Sir Jonathan Miller was born into a Jewish family in 1934 and grew up in Hampstead. He studied natural sciences and medicine at St John’s College, Cambridge and University College London, graduating in 1959. He […]

Humanists UK publishes guide for parents on requesting alternative to collective worship

Humanists UK has published a guide for parents including a template letter to schools on how to request a meaningful alternative to collective worship if they have concerns about their children taking part. After the success of the recent case of Lee and Lizanne Harris who won in their bid to have their school provide […]

Court imposes permanent ban on anti-LGBT protesters at Birmingham school

Humanists UK has today welcomed the High Court’s decision to uphold an injuction which permanently prohibits anti-LGBT protesters from holding intimidating rallies near Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham. The High Court in Birmingham today ruled that a temporary injunction placing an ‘exclusion zone’ around Anderton Park Primary School should be made permanent. The injunction […]

Robert Peston delivers the Holyoake Lecture 2019: ‘Mending a fractured society’

Robert Peston, journalist, broadcaster, and Political Editor at ITV News delivered the Holyoake Lecture 2019 to an audience of over 300 in central Manchester on Thursday 21 November. No politician was spared criticism in a fast-moving and wide-ranging lecture on ‘Mending a fractured society’ – or ‘Humpty Dumpty Britain’. Peston argued that though economies have […]

Catholic Church contradicts itself on approach to new school’s admissions

The Roman Catholic diocese proposing a Catholic school that, if approved, will be the first of a wave of religiously selective voluntary aided (VA) faith schools, has said that one-fifth of its places will be ‘allocated on the basis of distance rather than faith’. This is in spite of the claim often made by the […]

School concedes in collective worship legal case – will provide alternative assemblies

Parents Lee and Lizanne Harris successfully challenge compulsory collective worship in school assembly on human rights grounds In a shock climbdown, Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust agrees to provide a meaningful alternative assembly of equal educational worth for all pupils withdrawn from compulsory prayers School will no longer hold its school leavers’ ceremony in church or […]

Phil Newby refused permission by High Court to challenge ban on assisted dying

Phil Newby, who has motor neurone disease, has today been refused permission by the High Court to challenge England and Wales’s prohibitive law on assisted dying. Humanists UK has expressed disappointment at the decision, but hopes it doesn’t affect the separate case of Paul Lamb, who is making his challenge on different grounds. Phil also […]

Tackle religious discrimination in our schools, humanists tell Welsh Government

Wales Humanists has told the Welsh Government to prioritise tackling religious discrimination in the education system in a response to a consultation on its four-year strategic equality plan. Although Wales Humanists has welcomed proposals by the Welsh Government to make the subject of Religious Education (RE) more inclusive, by including content on non-religious worldviews and […]

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