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Humanists UK welcomes abortion cost compensation for Northern Ireland women

A mother and daughter from Northern Ireland who were forced to travel to England for an abortion will receive compensation from the UK Government, after a settlement between the parties was agreed by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Humanists UK intervened in support of the appellants when this case was heard before the […]

Having a ‘godless’ Christmas: Famous humanists share how they celebrate Christmas

Long before Christianity, humans across Europe have gathered together at the darkest and coldest time of the year to feast and appreciate each other’s company. For most people in Britain, Christmas isn’t about going to church or celebrating Jesus but about spending time with family, giving presents, and enjoying food and drink. Sometimes the charge is […]

New Lords bill proposes legal recognition of humanist marriages

A new bill that proposes legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales has come ninth in the private members’ bill ballot today. The Bill is being proposed by Baroness Meacher. The bill proposes to give legal recognition to marriages by Humanists UK celebrants within three months of passage. Crossbench peer Baroness Meacher previously […]

New bill proposes to replace compulsory religious worship with inclusive assemblies 

A new bill that proposes to scrap compulsory religious worship and replace it with inclusive assemblies has today been put forward in the House of Lords with support from Humanists UK. Peer and member of the All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) Baroness Burt introduced the Private Members’ Bill – known as the Education (Assemblies) Bill […]

Automatic seats for bishops in Lords would be scrapped under new bill

Humanists UK has welcomed the introduction of a new bill which proposes to remove the automatic right of 26 Church of England bishops to sit and vote in the House of Lords. The Private Members’ Bill is being proposed by All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) Vice Chair Lord Taverne of Pimlico as part of […]

Humanists UK welcomes new patron, Isaac Hempstead Wright

Humanists UK is delighted to announce the appointment of its newest patron, Isaac Hempstead Wright. Wright is a highly regarded young actor who joins a stable of over 170 Humanist UK patrons with distinguished careers in arts, literature, science, academia, politics, and community and civic activism. Isaac Hempstead Wright is probably best known for his […]

High Court rejects Paul Lamb’s right-to-die legal bid — but Paul will consider appealing

The High Court has rejected the application of severely disabled man Paul Lamb for permission to challenge the laws on assisted dying. His application for permission to judicially review the assisted dying laws was heard at the High Court in London this afternoon by Lord Justice Dingemans and Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing. In reaching their […]

Paul Lamb’s application for judicial review of assisted dying law to be heard by High Court

An application for judicial review of assisted dying laws brought by a severely disabled man, Paul Lamb, will be heard at the High Court in London today. Paul is being supported by Humanists UK in bringing his case. On 2 October 2019 a judge refused Paul’s written application for judicial review. His renewed application will be […]

Attempted prosecution of mother who bought abortion pills for daughter ‘did not breach human rights’

The decision to prosecute a Northern Ireland mother who bought abortion pills for her underage daughter did not breach her and her daughter’s human rights, according to a shocking decision handed down today. The High Court in Belfast found that the decision to prosecute the mother, who had faced up to five years in jail, […]

‘Evolution or Extinction?’: title announced for Darwin Day Lecture 2020

On 12 February 2020 at the Troxy Theatre in London, nearly 2,000 people are expected to commemorate the life and work of Charles Darwin with a special lecture from naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham CBE, chaired by Humanists UK’s President, Professor Alice Roberts. Chris’s talk will be titled ‘Evolution or Extinction: will humanity survive the […]

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 […]

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