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MPs raise persecution of humanists in India

MPs raised the plight of humanists in India in a debate in the House of Commons yesterday. Many humanists have been seriously persecuted in India. Several have been murdered in recent years for blasphemy, and people can be imprisoned for the same supposed crime. Humanists UK has welcomed their interventions. Freedom of religion or belief […]

MPs and peers express alarm at PM’s appointment of Fiona Bruce MP as Special Envoy on Freedom of Belief

Over 20 MPs and peers from across both Houses have written to the Prime Minister regarding his recent appointment of Fiona Bruce MP as his Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief. The letter, organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group, calls on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ensure Ms Bruce adopts an inclusive […]

Expert panel to discuss global challenges to secularism

Marking three years since the publication of Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom (right), by Andrew Copson, Humanists UK will on 18 January host an expert panel to discuss the themes laid out in the book, developments since publication, and what these trends might mean for the future of secularism. The event, chaired by award-winning journalist […]

Abuja High Court orders release of Nigerian Humanist Association President

The Federal High Court of Abuja, Nigeria has ruled that the President of the Nigerian Humanist Associaiton, Mubarak Bala, must be released immediately. Humanists UK has welcomed the ruling, and has urged Kano State to comply with it. Bala has been held in Kano since April, after being accused of blasphemy. Kano operates under Sharia […]

Humanists UK condemns appointment of Fiona Bruce MP as PM’s envoy on freedom of belief

Humanists UK has expressed alarm and disappointment at the appointment of Fiona Bruce MP as the new Prime Minister’s global envoy on the human right to freedom of religion or belief (FoRB). Fiona has been a committed opponent of FoRB for the non-religious at home – for many years, the most committed and active opponent […]

Children’s rights experts tell UK to repeal compulsory collective worship laws

Governments across the UK should repeal compulsory collective worship, children’s rights bodies from all four nations have told the United Nations. Humanists UK, Wales Humanists, and Northern Ireland Humanists all contributed evidence to national reports compiled by key children’s rights bodies in each country, with partner organisation Humanist Society Scotland contributing to a similar report […]

Belgian non-stunned slaughter ban upheld by top EU court

The EU’s top court, the European Court of Justice, has upheld a decision by Flanders, the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium, to require all farm animals are stunned before slaughter, following a challenge by Jewish and Muslim groups. The ruling is binding case law in the UK, which means that EU law that will apply in […]

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, […]

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 […]

‘Humanism for me combines the best aspects of being human’: hundreds turn out for Little Book of Humanism launch event

Tonight, Humanists UK President Professor Alice Roberts and Chief Executive Andrew Copson spoke to an audience of 500 ticket-holders about the history of humanist ideas and activism around the world as part of a special launch event for  The Little Book of Humanism, the Sunday Times bestseller now on its sixth print run. In a […]

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