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Northern Ireland Executive review to consider ‘single education system’

A wide-ranging, independent review of the education system in Northern Ireland is being established by the Executive is to consider what a single education system would mean for the country and how it might be implemented. Northern Ireland Humanists – which has long campaigned for such a system – has welcomed the news. At present, […]

Humanists UK tells Government to end religious discrimination in response to Faith Engagement Review

Humanists UK has responded to the Government’s Faith Engagement Review, calling for an end to religious discrimination and offering a number of recommendations to guarantee freedom of religion or belief in the UK. In a wide-ranging consultation response Humanists UK urged the Government to ensure the review and its recommendations are fully inclusive of the […]

Curriculum Bill passes stage one in Senedd

A Bill that will make religious education in Wales fully inclusive of humanism has passed the first stage before becoming law. Wales Humanists – which has long campaigned for this change – has strongly welcomed the news, saying the Bill will make Wales ‘a world-leader in inclusive education’. Following a debate, Senedd members today voted […]

High Court throws out religious challenge to LGBT-inclusive teaching

A religiously motivated legal challenge to newly introduced guidance that means all state school pupils are expected to receive LGBT-inclusive relationships education has been thrown out by the High Court. Humanists UK has welcomed the decision. Let Kids Be Kids – set up by the founder of Christian Action, Research and Education (CARE), Charlie Colchester […]

Rule change to allow more gay and bisexual men to donate blood

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced new changes to blood donation criteria in England, meaning that from next year, men who have had one male sexual partner in the last three months will be able to donate blood. This means most men in a long-term relationship with another man will now be […]

Austria’s top court decriminalises assisted dying

Helping ‘seriously ill’ people to end their lives will no longer be a criminal offence in Austria, following a judgment from the country’s top court. Humanists UK, which campaigns for legal assisted dying across the UK, has welcomed the move as a victory for reason, compassion, and empathy. News of the decision comes just weeks […]

Northern Ireland Government backs opt-out organ donation

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has proposed introducing an opt-out system for organ donation, where a person is presumed to have consented to donate their organs after death unless they have specifically opted out. Northern Ireland Humanists has welcomed the move, and has called on the public to support the plans. Moving to an […]

Northern Ireland humanist marriage venues allowed to reopen

Venues used for humanist marriages are allowed to reopen from today, after a strong majority of such venues were required to close during the recent lockdown. The regulations, during the two-week lockdown, required venues that normally serve food or drink to close – regardless of whether they were actually serving food or drink. This affected […]

Teacher training reinforces educational division in Northern Ireland, says new report

The way new teachers are trained reinforces educational division in Northern Ireland, a new report from Ulster University has found. Northern Ireland Humanists, which campaigns for a single system of schooling that educates pupils from all backgrounds together, has welcomed the report, which is the latest in a series looking at the problems associated with […]

New report reveals how Covid-19 has led to global humanist crackdown

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to many countries cracking down on humanists’ freedom of thought and expression, with some countries blaming the non-religious for the pandemic, while the restrictions imposed by many others have left closeted humanists trapped with their hostile families. Those are the findings of this year’s Freedom of Thought Report, published today […]

50,000 downloads for hit podcast What I Believe

Humanists UK’s hit podcast, What I Believe – a series exploring the values, convictions, and beliefs of a line-up of well-known humanists – has reached 50,000 downloads in less than six months of its release. The series, headed by Chief Executive, Andrew Copson, was launched in June this year, and has been praised for providing […]

Humanists UK expresses concern as Government launches review into the Human Rights Act

The Government has launched a panel to examine the Human Rights Act 1998, which enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law and allows UK citizens to have their cases taken under the Convention heard in UK courts. This announcement follows the Conservative Party’s 2019 manifesto pledge to ‘update the Human Rights Act […]

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