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New Bill proposes to make religious education fully inclusive of humanism

A new Bill that proposes to make explicit that religious education must be fully inclusive of non-religious worldviews such as humanism will be considered in the UK Parliament, after being drawn 22nd in the House of Lords Private Members’ Bill ballot yesterday. The Education (Non-religious Philosophical Convictions) Bill was tabled by All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group […]

Two landmark education acts in Northern Ireland gain royal assent

Two landmark pieces of legislation that have the potential to make a real difference to education in Northern Ireland have now received royal assent. The Integrated Education Act and the Fair Employment (School Teachers) Act were both championed by Northern Ireland Humanists during their passage through the Stormont Assembly. The new laws will end the […]

Government tackles illegal schools but doubles down on collective worship and faith schools

Yesterday the Government published its Schools Bill, which contains significant implications for the influence of religion in schools. Humanists UK welcomes its measures to tackle illegal schools, having campaigned hard on this issue for over eight years. But it is concerned the Bill also has provisions codifying the rules on academies with a religious character. […]

Non-religious face discrimination in prisons – new research

Non-religious people are being discriminated against in prisons in the provision of chaplaincy and pastoral care services, new research has found. The research, published in the International Journal of Law in Context, found a hierarchy of access in which the benefits of such services are more available to some prisoners than others. Dr Katie Hunt, […]

Queen’s Speech: Assisted dying and inclusive assemblies bills fall

Baroness Meacher’s Assisted Dying Bill and Baroness Burt’s Inclusive Assemblies Bill have both fallen. This has happened because any private members’ bills that are still outstanding on the day of a Queen’s Speech have their progress halted. Humanists UK has expressed its dismay at the outcome. The Assisted Dying Bill related to England and Wales, […]

Bill to weaken the Human Rights Act announced in Queen’s Speech

The UK Government has confirmed its intention to bring forward a new ‘Bill of Rights’ in today’s Queen’s Speech. The Bill will reform the Human Rights Act 1998 by making it harder for ordinary people to bring legal challenges when their rights have been violated. And it may have a specifically bad impact on freedom […]

UK Government must ‘protect and expand carbon sinks’ says Humanist Climate Action

Humanist Climate Action has told the UK Government it must do more to protect and encourage the expansion of ‘carbon sinks’ such as rainforests, mangroves, peatland, and permafrost to prevent the devastating effects of climate change. Its call was made in response to a consultation by the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs on […]

Little Book of Humanism sent to every UK prison

Humanists UK has sent a copy of The Little Book of Humanism to every prison library in the UK to address the current imbalance in resources available to non-religious prisoners. Many of those inside UK prisons will hold a humanist worldview and while services and resources are often made available for prisoners with religious beliefs, […]

Government to announce illegal schools bill in Queen’s speech

The Government has confirmed that a Bill to shut down illegal ‘unregistered’ schools will be included in tomorrow’s Queen’s speech, marking a major victory for Humanists UK’s long running campaign. The forthcoming Schools Bill will strengthen the definitions around such settings, give Ofsted more powers to crack down on unregistered schools, and establish a compulsory […]

Success! Government announces how it will shut illegal schools

The UK Government has finally set out how it will take action to close the loopholes that allow illegal faith schools to operate in England. The much-anticipated proposals have been published today in the Government’s response to the Regulating independent educational institutions consultation. Humanists UK, and over 100 individual humanists, responded to the consultation in […]

Where do the Northern Ireland parties stand on humanist issues?

  Today Northern Ireland Humanists has published a table giving an overview of their views on issues of concern to their members and supporters, ahead of the upcoming Northern Ireland Assembly election. Northern Ireland Humanists put 7 questions to the various parties last month, and has produced the tables by drawing on these responses, the […]

Humanists UK celebrates 126th anniversary with ‘History of Humanism in 100 Objects’

Today Humanists UK launched its ‘History of Humanism in 100 Objects’ series, telling the story of the people, places, ideas, and ideals which have shaped the organised humanist movement in the UK. From the original ‘happy human’ sketch, to Bertrand Russell’s teapot, to a model of the USS Enterprise, Humanists UK will be shining a […]

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