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Humanists UK and patrons Eddie Marsan and Janet Ellis partner with NHS to promote mental wellbeing during lockdown

Humanists UK and two of its patrons, actor Eddie Marsan and actor, presenter, and writer Janet Ellis, have teamed up with NHS mental wellbeing app, GoodThinking to share their experiences of the last year and how they as humanists have faced the challenges of lockdown. In his video, Eddie Marsan opens up about his experience […]

Threats to Human Rights Act risk undermining fundamental freedoms, warns Humanists UK

Humanists UK has warned against proposals to weaken the Human Rights Act, in response to a call for evidence by the Joint Committee on Human Rights into the Government’s Independent the Human Rights Act Review. In its submission, Humanists UK has highlighted the importance of the Human Rights Act as a signature piece of legislation […]

Welsh Government must make telemedicine permanent as it makes abortions safer and more accessible

Wales Humanists has called on the Welsh Government to make temporary Covid-19 regulations that allow women to access abortion services remotely, known as telemedicine, instead be permanent. In the year since its implementation, there is a growing body of evidence to show that abortions have been safer and more accessible under this system and that […]

Telemedicine has made abortions safer, more accessible and should be made permanent, Humanists UK tells Government

Humanists UK has called on the UK Government to make temporary Covid-19 regulations in England that allow women to access abortion services remotely, known as telemedicine, instead be permanent. The call has come in response to a consultation proposing just that, as evidence shows that abortions have been safer and more accessible under this system. […]

Northern Ireland Humanists calls for opt-out organ donation

Northern Ireland Humanists, in conjunction with Richard Norman, Professor Emeritus of Moral Philosophy at the University of Kent, has responded to the Department of Health’s consultation calling for the implementation of opt-out organ donation in Northern Ireland. This system, which is already in place in England, Wales, and Jersey, and is due to come into […]

UN presses UK to repeal compulsory collective worship laws

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has pressed governments across the UK to ‘describe the measures taken to repeal legal provisions for compulsory attendance at collective worship in publicly funded schools and ensure that children can independently exercise the right to withdraw from religious observance at school.’ Humanists UK, Wales Humanists, […]

Tribunal dismisses religious discrimination case brought by sacked homophobic actress

Actress Seyi Omooba, who was sacked by the Curve Theatre in Leicester and the acting agency Michael Garrett Associates Ltd after homophobic comments she posted on Facebook emerged, has lost her religious discrimination case at the Central London Employment Tribunal. Humanists UK has welcomed the Tribunal’s decision that her dismissal was made upon the legitimate […]

Over 3,000 people attend largest-ever Darwin Day Lecture, on ‘the new science of right and wrong’

Dr Oliver Scott Curry tonight delivered the Darwin Day Lecture 2021, ‘Morality Explained: the new science of right and wrong’, in an event viewed by over 3,000 people worldwide and chaired by Humanists UK President Alice Roberts. Following the lecture and an expansive question and answer session, Alice presented Oliver with the Humanists UK Darwin […]

Two additional faith schools given Government approval in latest funding round

Two additional faith schools look likely to get the go-ahead from the Government as part of the latest wave of funding for free schools. Last week, Humanists UK revealed that one Church of England faith school had been approved through Wave 14 of the Government’s free school programme and a further CofE school was also […]

Vaccinologist Sarah Gilbert to give Humanists UK Franklin Lecture: ‘Racing against the virus’

Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology and Oxford Project Leader for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, has been announced as the 2021 Rosalind Franklin Lecturer and medallist. The Rosalind Franklin Lecture is Humanists UK’s annual event marking International Women’s Day.  The lecture will take place on the evening of 5 March and is to be chaired by multi-award-winning […]

Over 150 organisations join coalition to protect human rights and judicial review

Do you agree with the views of the signatories? If so, you can add your name to their call, by signing Humanists UK’s petition. More than 150 organisations, including charities, trades unions, human rights bodies, and religion or belief groups, have joined a coalition in defence of human rights and judicial review. The coalition, which […]

Anger as council rejects challenge to Catholic school unfairly imposed on newbuild community

Residents of Hampton Water in Peterborough have expressed anger after the City Council informed them that it would not overturn a decision to open the most religiously selective school in over a decade in the area – in spite of there being almost no residents in the new build estate at the time the school […]

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