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Humanists welcome changes to protect freedom of expression in Scottish Hate Crime Bill

Humanists UK and Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) have welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that it will change the draft Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, so that prosecutors must prove ‘intention’ before they can convict someone of inciting hatred. The announcement follows after HSS led a coalition of over 20 leading individuals and organisations […]

Plight of Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala raised in Parliament

The plight of Nigerian Humanist Association President Mubarak Bala, who has now been held for five months without charge for alleged blasphemy, was raised in the UK Parliament today by the Labour front bench, with the UK Government concurring with the opposition about the severity of the case, and committing to do everything possible to […]

Humanists UK and British Muslims for Secular Democracy speak out at UN against Chinese persecution of Uighurs

Humanists UK and British Muslims for Secular Democracy have made a joint intervention today at the UN Human Rights Council, in which they have spoken out against the Chinese persecution of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang Province, and asked if the reports of mass imprisonment and horrendous human rights abuses meet the legal definition of genocide. […]

Royal College of GPs threatened with legal action over hostile assisted dying stance

Two GPs have threatened the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) with legal action after it decided earlier this year to remain opposed to assisted dying, despite a majority of GPs in a prior consultation wanting it to move to be neutral or supportive. Humanists UK, which campaigns to legalise assisted dying for both the […]

Humanists UK welcomes launch of UK FoRB Forum

Today sees the first meeting of the UK FoRB Forum, a new civil society body established to uphold freedom of religion or belief all around the globe. Humanists UK’s Chief Executive Andrew Copson is on the steering group of the Forum, and has today welcomed its launch. Humanists UK works through Parliament and with the […]

Report suggests Government might opt out of human rights laws

It has been reported that the Government is drawing up plans to opt the UK out of key parts of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which is enshrined in UK law through the Human Rights Act 1998. The Convention is an agreement of 47 countries across Europe, including Russia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. In […]

Defence Humanists calls for non-religious pastoral care in the armed forces

Defence Humanists has set out why the time has come to provide non-religious pastoral support services to the armed forces. Through a submission to the Government’s Integrated Review of foreign policy, defence, security and international development, it has called for an independent review of pastoral support for the armed forces which takes into account the […]

Celebrant Conference 2020

  Tuesday 20 October – Saturday 24 October 2020 Zoom Celebrant Conference returns for 2020 in an entirely new, flexible, online form. Whether you’ve been a Humanist Ceremonies™ celebrant for two days or 20 years, we hope you’ll join us. Though we can’t meet in person, we can still come together to learn, share knowledge, […]

Northern Ireland Government considers ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Northern Ireland may become the first part of the UK to ban the pseudoscientific and abusive practice known as ‘conversion therapy’. Justice Minister Naomi Long and Communities Minister Carál Ni Chuilin, committed in a meeting with Minister for Health Robin Swann to take forward work to ban the harmful practice. Northern Ireland Humanists, which has […]

Little Book of Humanism is a Sunday Times bestseller

A brand new book by Humanists UK President, Alice Roberts and Chief Executive, Andrew Copson has topped the book sales charts in its first week to become a Sunday Times bestseller.   The Little Book of Humanism, published on 27 August, shares over two thousand years of humanist wisdom through an uplifting collection of illustrations, stories, […]

Little Book of Humanism offers universal lessons on finding meaning, purpose, and joy

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Wales Humanists calls for religious and non-religious equality in public life

Wales Humanists has called upon the Welsh Government to address religious discrimination in schools and other public services in a consultation on strengthening human rights and equality across Wales. Wales Humanists highlighted religious selection in admissions policies, the continuation of compulsory Christian worship in Welsh schools, and a lack of pastoral support for non-religious people […]

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