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Funerals should be celebrations of life, says British public

New research from YouGov has found that 44% of British adults now say that funerals should be a joyous celebration of life, as opposed to only 32% who say a funeral should always be solemn, or 21% who say neither or don’t know. Humanists UK, whose life-affirming non-religious funerals started the trend for positive celebrations […]

UK’s first Assisted Dying Coalition formed to campaign for millions who want right to die

The first-ever national coalition for assisted dying, made up of a cross-section of campaigners including doctors and nurses, has formed to push for the legalisation of assisted dying for the millions of citizens in the UK and crown dependencies who want the right to choose. The Assisted Dying Coalition will campaign for the legal recognition […]

Humanist campaigner Gulalai Ismail re-arrested by Pakistani authorities

The leading Pakistani humanist and human rights campaigner Gulalai Ismail has been arrested for a second time. Gulalai was first arrested in October, after flying in to Pakistan from speaking at a Humanists UK event at the Conservative Party Conference. Shortly afterwards she was freed on bail but has now been re-arrested in Balochistan. Gulalai is […]

Children’s Commissioner calls for new laws to enable ‘decisive action’ against illegal schools

The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has called for a tightening of the law on unregistered schools and improved oversight of home education to ensure the safety and educational welfare of thousands of ‘invisible children’. Humanists UK has welcomed her remarks. In a report published today and which will also be featured in a […]

Cathy Newman to deliver Rosalind Franklin Lecture 2019

Author and newsreader Cathy Newman, author of Bloody Brilliant Women: The Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention, has been announced as the speaker for Humanists UK’s 2019 Rosalind Franklin Lecture on the evening of 7 March in central London.  First hosted by Humanists UK in 2016, the Rosalind Franklin Lecture has […]

Humanists UK mourns philosopher Michael Clark

The staff and trustees of Humanists UK are sad to note the death of humanist moral philosopher and logician Michael Clark, who ended his life at Dignitas in Switzerland on 23 January 2019. He was a longtime member of Humanists UK and its Humanist Philosophers Group, contributing to many of its publications over the years. […]

Humanists UK intervenes in Northern Ireland abortion case at High Court

Humanists UK has provided evidence in the Sarah Ewart case heard in the High Court of Justice in Belfast this week. Sarah Ewart was denied an abortion in Northern Ireland in spite of having a fatal foetal abnormality. She was forced to travel to England to have an abortion after being told her pregnancy would […]

Abortion factsheet launched to challenge spread of ‘junk science’ in schools

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have today launched a factsheet on abortion and abortion care for schools, in order to challenge misinformation on the topic that is often propagated in schools. The factsheet follows on from Humanists UK and Brook exposing many anti-abortion […]

Humanists UK welcomes Ofsted’s calls to close failing Steiner schools

Today Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman wrote to Secretary for State for Education Damian Hinds urging the Government to shut down failing Steiner schools. The letter also confirmed the closure of the School Inspection Service. In the letter, the Chief Inspector of Ofsted wrote: ‘Given the prevalence and seriousness of these issues across both state-funded and independent […]

Two years on from Court ruling, girls still being made to eat after boys at state Muslim school

Girls are being made to eat lunch after boys at a state-funded Muslim school in Birmingham, despite a Court of Appeal ruling in 2017 that found segregation of boys and girls at the school is unlawful. An Ofsted director has told MPs that the alarming case of gender segregation is still happening at the Al-Hijrah […]

Take Action: Respond to the Commission for Countering Extremism’s call for evidence

Deadline for submission: Thursday 31 January 2019. The Commission for Countering Extremism is holding a survey to help it to understand and define extremism and its impact, and to examine the Government’s current approach to countering it. Humanists UK and Faith to Faithless are encouraging people with an interest in or experience of extremism to […]

Humanists UK welcomes decision on Asia Bibi’s blasphemy acquittal

Humanists UK has welcomed a ruling today by the Pakistan Supreme Court to uphold the blasphemy acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who has spent eight years facing the death penalty for allegedly making blasphemous comments about the prophet Muhammad. The court’s decision to dismiss the challenge means the Pakistani mother should now be […]

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