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Global victims call for UK Government review into non-religious persecution

Persecuted humanists who have been victims of oppressive blasphemy and apostasy laws and societal hostility towards the non-religious have called on the UK Government to urgently launch a global review into the persecution of non-religious people who face death, violence, and torture for expressing non-religious beliefs. The letter which was printed in The Guardian was […]

Parliament passes landmark Northern Ireland abortion, same-sex marriage legislation with early 2020 implementation date

The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) 2017-2019 Bill passed through all remaining stages of debate in Parliament yesterday with overwhelming support, meaning that unless power-sharing resumes beforehand, by early 2020 same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland is set to become legal, abortion is set to be decriminalised, and provision is to be made for legal abortion in […]

DUP opposes repealing Northern Ireland’s blasphemy laws while all other parties come out in favour

Take Action: Write to your MLAs asking them to support repeal of Northern Ireland’s Blasphemy laws! All the major political parties have come out in favour of repealing Northern Ireland’s blasphemy laws – except for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). In response to a Northern Ireland Humanists campaign, Sinn Fein, the Social Democratic and Labour Party, […]

Peers call on Government to conduct global review of non-religious persecution

In a debate following the publication earlier this week of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians, peers in the House of Lords called on the UK Government to conduct a similar review into the persecution of the non-religious around the world. Humanists UK endorses these […]

Latest British Social Attitudes survey shows continuing rise of the non-religious

Britain has continued its long-term trend towards being less and less religious, with the number of people saying they belong to no religion growing from two in five (43%) to a more than half (52%) over the last decade. That is the headline findings of the 2018 British Social Attitudes Survey, the results of which […]

80 more teachers to take humanism to their classrooms

Teachers from across England will be better equipped to teach humanism in their classrooms after Humanists UK held a conference for 80 teachers in London yesterday. Humanists UK’s Understanding Humanism Teachers Conference was held at Conway Hall yesterday to broaden teachers’ subject knowledge about humanism and provide them with ideas and resources for the classroom. […]

MPs vote to compel legal same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland

MPs have voted today in favour of compelling the UK Government to make same-sex marriage legal in Northern Ireland, to decriminalise abortion, and to make provision for legal abortion in the cases of sexual crime and foetal abnormality. The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill, as amended, will now require the Government to change the law […]

Humanists UK at UN calls for protections for Afghanistan’s religion and belief minorities

Humanists UK has called upon the Afghanistan Government to ensure the rights of religion and belief minorities are protected by ending the use of the death penalty for blasphemy and apostasy, and by fully ratifying the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.  Speaking at the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council […]

Government publishes report on Christian persecution

Humanists UK has welcomed many of the recommendations of the Foreign Office’s report on Christian persecution released today but has emphasised the need for the Government to ensure all its work is as inclusive of the non-religious as it is of the religious. It renewed its call for the Government to investigate the global persecution […]

MPs from all parties call for assisted dying reform

Yesterday the House of Commons debated England and Wales’s law prohibiting assisted dying for the first time in over four years. MPs from all major political parties called for reform to the prohibitive law. Humanists UK welcomed MPs’ support on this important issue and also called for the law to be reformed. Nick Boles MP, […]

Paul Lamb applies to High Court to change assisted dying law

Paul Lamb, who is paralysed from the neck down and lives in constant pain, has this week applied to the High Court for permission to judicially review the UK’s law on assisted dying. Through his law firm Leigh Day and Humanists UK, which is supporting him, Paul has now applied to the High Court in […]

Humanists UK at UN calls out ‘Egypt’s war on atheism’

Humanists UK called upon member states to abolish blasphemy laws and recognise the right to express religious dissent or criticism as a central tenet of the right to freedom of expression at the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.  Humanists UK, which is a founding member of the End Blasphemy Laws […]

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