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BHA and Arab Humanists join forces at the UN Human Rights Council calling for LGBTI rights in Egypt and Tunisia to be respected

The British Humanist Association (BHA), in a joint statement with the Arab Humanists at the 33rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), has spoken out against the sectarian religious curriculum mandated by Egyptian authorities, and the failure to adequately protect the right to freedom of religion or belief, as well as the […]

Lawrence Krauss to deliver Darwin Day Lecture 2017 in London

Internationally renowned theoretical physicist Professor Lawrence Krauss will deliver the Darwin Day Lecture 2017 in London on Friday 10 February. Each February, people around the world come together for Darwin Day, a celebration of the life of Charles Darwin and his enormously influential discovery of evolution by natural selection. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has […]

BHA and civil society groups call on UK Governments to improve human rights for non-religious people

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has today called on the UK, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish Governments to do more to guarantee the rights of non-religious people across a range of areas, from religious discrimination in school admissions and the curriculum, to ensuring secular public services, and equal provision of chaplaincy and non-religious pastoral support […]

Government approves yet more religious free schools just days after faith school admissions announcement

Take action! The principle of integrated education is under attack like never before in this country following the Government’s announcement that it will introduce a new generation of state schools that can religiously discriminate against children for all of their places. We are encouraging everyone to write to their MPs to speak out, and we’ve provided a facility through […]

‘Current laws make vital services only accessible to the wealthy’: BHA and BPAS advocate for rights of Irish women and girls at the UN Human Rights Council

The British Humanist Association (BHA), in a joint statement with the British Pregnancy Advice Service (BPAS) to the assembled nations of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), has spoken out against the Republic of Ireland’s continued refusal to amend the Irish constitution, which prohibits abortion in all instances, unless there is a threat to […]

‘Unacceptable and illegal’: humanists condemn human rights violations committed against refugees and migrants in Hungary

The British Humanist Association (BHA), in a joint statement with the European Humanist Federation (EHF), has spoken out against how refugees and migrants attempting to enter Hungary from neighbouring countries have been treated by Hungarian authorities as part of the 33rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In September 2015, a razor wire […]

International, British, and Greek humanists join forces at the UN to speak out against racism and blasphemy laws in Greece

The British Humanist Association (BHA), in a joint statement with the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), European Humanist Federation (EHF), and Humanist Union of Greece (HUG) has spoken out against Greece’s blasphemy laws and the presence of explicitly racist political parties, as part of the 33rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council […]

Local Government Association calls for greater powers to tackle illegal religious schools

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the UK Government to give councils more power to deal with illegal schools in England. The LGA, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, claims that a lack of powers to enter homes and premises is limiting councils’ ability to differentiate between children who are being […]

BHA voices concern to authorities over ‘witch hunter’ due to speak in the UK

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has contacted the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police over concerns about a Nigerian pastor who works to ‘overpower witchcraft’ being due to speak in the UK. Daniel Olukoya will address 20,000 people at the ExCeL centre in Newham by video link from America this evening. The BHA has expressed […]

Women and Equalities Committee calls for statutory SRE to tackle sexual harassment in schools

The House of Commons Women’s and Equalities Committee has called on the Government to make Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) compulsory in all schools. In a report exposing ‘the shocking scale of sexual harassment and sexual violence’ in schools, the Committee states that ‘good quality SRE is […]

Government publishes plans to allow full religious discrimination in school admissions

Take action! The principle of integrated education is under attack like never before in this country following the Government’s announcement that it will introduce a new generation of state schools that can religiously discriminate against children for all of their places. We are encouraging everyone to write to their MPs to speak out, and we’ve provided a facility through […]

Scottish Humanists to legally challenge policy barring pupils from opting out of religious observance in schools  

Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) will seek a legal challenge to Scottish Government’s decision not to allow pupils to withdraw themselves from religious observance in school. The announcement comes after the Scottish Government chose in June to ignore the call of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for the parental right of withdrawal […]