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Peers back new assisted dying law

Plans to allow doctors to help terminally ill adults end their lives moved closer to becoming law today, after a new Assisted Dying Bill passed its second reading in the House of Lords. Humanists UK, which campaigns to legalise assisted dying for both the terminally ill and incurably suffering, has praised today’s debate for its […]

Two Jewish schools banned from admitting new students due to persistent failings

The Department for Education has issued enforcement letters to two independent Jewish schools. The letters, issued to TTD Gur School and Bnois Jerusalem Girls School in London, require both schools to cease admitting new pupils immediately. Recent inspections have found a number of failings relating to teaching about women and those of other religions and […]

High Court hears case against Somerset school merger that will make all local primaries religious

The High Court heard a case last week against the proposed merger of a Church of England school and a school without a religious character into a single Church of England primary. A non-religious family is challenging Somerset County Council’s decision to merge the schools. They argue the complete removal of non-faith school places discriminates […]

Humanist Climate Action to take part in COP26 demonstrations in Glasgow and London

Humanist Climate Action is taking part in the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice on Saturday 6 November as part of the demonstrations around the COP26 Summit. The network will take part in demonstrations in both Glasgow and London, and is encouraging other humanists to join them. It is hoped these demonstrations will raise […]

Northern Ireland Humanists gives oral evidence on integrated schools to Stormont Education Committee

The Integrated Education Bill won’t foster respect and understanding between religion and belief groups if it doesn’t require integrated schools to have a fully inclusive ethos, Northern Ireland Humanists has told Stormont’s Education Committee. In an oral evidence session, Northern Ireland Humanists told the Committee that the Bill must address Christian bias in the education […]

Welsh Government calls on UK Government to immediately legally recognise humanist marriages

Today in the Senedd, the Welsh Government confirmed its support for immediate legal recognition of humanist marriages, telling the UK Government that this issue should be resolved now, or else devolved to Wales. Humanist marriages are legally recognised in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, and the Channel Islands. But they are not in England and Wales. […]

Rally planned as Parliament to debate compassionate assisted dying law

On 22 October, for the first time in years, the UK Parliament will debate legislation to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill. Humanists UK, which campaigns for a right to die for those with terminal or incurable illnesses, fully supports the Assisted Dying Bill as a landmark step towards much-needed reform. It will be […]

Repeal of Northern Ireland’s blasphemy laws delayed until next Assembly session

Northern Ireland’s blasphemy laws are unlikely to be repealed within the current session of the Assembly. Northern Ireland Humanists has been working with the relevant Ministers to bring forward repeal. The Department of Justice hoped to do so as part of a wider criminal law reform bill. But the Department of Justice has been unable […]

Success! Jersey Ministers move forward with right to die law

Channel Islands Humanists and Humanists UK have welcomed the news that Jersey’s Council of Ministers have brought forward proposals for assisted dying. The proposals are to change the law for adult islanders with terminal or incurable conditions who have a clear and settled wish to end their lives. Humanists UK has hailed this as a […]

Success as Humanists UK returns to party conferences

Humanists UK made a buzz returning to the party conference scene this year. Staff attended the Conservative and Labour Party conferences, with an exhibition stand and fringe event at both. Humanists UK had great success in meeting over 100 MPs and peers, including many ministers, and greeting and recruiting members. Humanist and Secularist Liberal Democrats […]

MP proposes new measure to reduce non-stunned slaughter of animals

Chris Loder, MP for West Dorset and animal welfare campaigner, has announced he will lay an amendment to the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill to reduce the number of animals slaughtered without stunning. Humanists UK, which campaigns to repeal religious exemptions to animal welfare legislation which allow animals to be slaughtered without pre-stunning, has welcomed […]

That’s humanism! Stephen Fry and Humanists UK explore humanism in new social media campaign

Humanists UK has teamed up with its patron Stephen Fry to explore humanist ideas about some of life’s big questions with a new educational campaign entitled That’s humanism! The four videos, entitled ‘How can I be happy?’, ‘What should we think about death?’, ‘How do we know what’s true?’ and ‘What makes something right or […]

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