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Compulsory school worship undermines new curriculum, Wales Humanists tells Senedd Committee

The legal requirement for schools to carry out a daily act of Christian worship will undermine the aims of the new Curriculum for Wales and should be scrapped in favour of inclusive assemblies, Wales Humanists has told a Senedd committee. The new Curriculum for Wales is due to come into force from 2022. It explicitly […]

Humanists UK warns that new Borders Bill could breach human rights

Humanists UK has expressed concern about the Nationality and Borders Bill in response to an inquiry by the Joint Committee on Human Rights. The Bill has recently passed the second reading in the House of Commons. The Bill would introduce a temporary protection order, rather than granting asylum, for those who have entered the UK […]

Jersey citizens’ jury pushes for legal assisted dying in final report

A citizens’ panel of 23 islanders in Jersey, tasked with examining the case for assisted dying reform, has urged lawmakers to legalise the right to an assisted death. The full report from Jersey’s Citizens’ Jury on Assisted Dying has been welcomed by Channel Islands Humanists, who has urged Jersey’s Council of Ministers to take note […]

Little Book of Humanist Weddings out on 23 September

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New domestic abuse guidance must protect apostates, says Faith to Faithless

Faith to Faithless has welcomed new draft statutory guidance on recognising and preventing domestic abuse. But has called for apostates to be specifically included as a group particularly vulnerable to abuse. In 2019, Humanists UK and Faith to Faithless called on the Government to take action against abuse based upon religious doctrines by including spiritual […]

Guernsey set to provide equal protection for the non-religious after Channel Islands Humanists campaign

Channel Islands Humanists’ recommendation that Guernsey’s new Discrimination Ordinance should provide equal protection for the non-religious has been adopted by the Committee for Employment & Social Security. The States of Guernsey will now consider this recommendation later this year. The Discrimination Ordinance is Guernsey’s first comprehensive legislation to prevent discrimination. In 2020, Channel Islands Humanists […]

Government consults labelling for non-stunned meat

The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched a consultation on the introduction of a new labelling system for meat products. This includes considering whether the system should indicate if the animal was stunned before slaughter. Humanists UK, which campaigns to repeal religious exemptions to animal welfare legislation which allow animals to […]

BMA drops opposition to assisted dying

The UK’s largest professional body of doctors has voted to end its 15-year opposition to the legalisation of assisted dying. Humanists UK has welcomed the decision as a seismic victory in the campaign for assisted dying. By a margin of 49% to 48%, members of the British Medical Association (BMA) voted to approve a motion […]

Over a 100 doctors call for the BMA to end its opposition to assisted dying

103 doctors, including several members of the British Medical Association, have signed an open letter urging the BMA to end its opposition to assisted dying. The UK Assisted Dying Coalition, which includes Humanists UK, has organised the letter. It comes ahead of the BMA’s annual policy-making conference, where doctors will debate on 14 September the […]

Peers come out strongly in favour of Inclusive Assemblies Bill

A Bill proposing to replace the requirement for schools without a religious character to carry out Christian worship with inclusive assemblies has today passed its second stage in the House of Lords. Humanists UK, which has long campaigned for reforms to the law mandating worship in schools, said it was delighted that a strong majority […]

Majority of parents think compulsory school worship law should not be enforced, new poll reveals, as Lords propose reform

A law from 1944 that mandates Christian worship in non-religious state schools in England is coming under challenge in Parliament today, as peers debate replacing it with a requirement for inclusive assemblies for all. The law was controversial even when first agreed seven decades ago. However, it is now widely seen as unacceptable, with new […]

Child sexual abuse inquiry raises serious alarm about illegal schools

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has today published its report on child protection in religious organisations and settings. Its report substantially focuses on issues related to out-of-school settings, particularly illegal schools. The report provides significant evidence of widespread abuse in these settings, and makes the argument that such abuse is enabled due […]

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