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Humanists bring together artists, authors, journalists to call for changes to Scottish Hate Crime Bill

Humanist Society Scotland (HSS), supported by Humanists UK, has brought together a coalition of over 20 leading individuals and organisations from the world of arts, journalism, literature, comedy, politics and human rights to publish a joint letter to the Scottish Government calling for changes to the draft Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, to […]

Senedd tells Welsh Government: reform religion in schools to recognise children’s rights

The Welsh Government should publish a plan on how it intends to meet a list of outstanding recommendations made by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2016 within the next six months, says a new report by the Senedd’s Children, Young People, and Education Committee. The report, which includes evidence […]

Faith-based school admissions disadvantage non-religious and minorities, Humanists UK tells Liverpool Council

Admissions policies that permit faith schools to select their pupils on religious grounds disadvantage the non-religious, ethnic and religious minorities, and the poor, Humanists UK has told Liverpool Council. In a letter to the chair of the Council’s Education and Children’s Services Select Committee – which during its latest meeting established a scrutiny panel to […]

Northern Ireland Humanists welcomes new patron, Kristian Nairn

Humanists UK and Northern Ireland Humanists are delighted to announce the appointment of their newest patron, Kristian Nairn. Nairn is a successful actor and DJ who joins a stable of over 170 Humanists UK patrons with distinguished careers in arts, literature, science, academia, politics, and community and civic activism. Kristian Nairn is probably best known […]

Humanists UK wraps up season one of its podcast with guest David Baddiel

Humanists UK today wraps up season one of its successful new podcast, What I Believe, with comedian, author, screenwriter, and Humanists UK patron, David Baddiel. In the podcast – which has received a 5* rating and has been listened to around the world – Chief Executive Andrew Copson, has been speaking to humanists in the […]

Over 40 charities sign statement defending human rights and access to law

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. Over 40 human rights-focused organisations and 10 leading experts have come together to launch a joint statement to oppose any attempt by the UK Government to restrict access to human rights laws, […]

Countdown to 125th Humanists UK anniversary

In 2021, Humanists UK will hit a big milestone – 125 years of promoting rational thought and kindness underpinned by a naturalistic approach to life. The 12-month countdown has begun to the organisation’s big birthday next July, to be marked with a season of celebrations in 2021 itself. Among those celebrations will be the launch […]

Government launches panel to review scope of judicial review powers

The UK Government has launched a new panel to examine the case for reforming judicial review – the power that allows citizens to legally challenge a decision of the Government or another public body. In February, Humanists UK, with help from Index on Censorship, coordinated a joint letter from a wide variety of charities and […]

High Court rules humanist marriage recognition failure is ‘discriminatory’, but stops short of formal breach due to ongoing review

Judgment has been given at the High Court today in a case brought by six couples wanting legally recognised humanist marriages in England and Wales. The couples were seeking a declaration that the UK Government’s refusal to give legal recognition to humanist marriages in England and Wales was a breach of their human rights, which […]

A commitment to be there for people: Interview with humanist pastoral carer Joanna Mutlow

Joanna Mutlow is a humanist working as a non-religious pastoral carer at Rotherham, Doncaster, and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a board member of the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network (NRPSN), which trains and accredits pastoral carers across the UK, and is the regional coordinator for pastoral carers in the Yorkshire and Humber […]

Humanists raise concerns about Scottish hate crime bill

Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) has called for changes to be made to the draft Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, which is being put forward by the Scottish Government, to ensure that protections against hate crime do not exclude humanists and that the Bill will not limit the right to freedom of expression with […]

UN experts call for urgent release of Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala

Eleven United Nations experts, including six special rapporteurs, have come together to call for the Nigerian Government to immediately release the President of the Nigerian Humanist Association, Mubarak Bala, from jail. Bala has been in detention for the last 87 days, after being accused of blasphemy, which carries the death sentence. He has not been […]

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