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Government reform of human rights law would have devastating impact

The UK Government has today announced, via an article in the Times, proposed changes to the operation of the Human Rights Act (HRA). These proposals will have far reaching consequences for humanists, who depend upon the courts having the power to interpret legislation in line with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to establish […]

Professor Dame Anne Johnson to deliver 2022 Darwin Day Lecture, on ‘People and pathogens’

Professor Dame Anne Johnson will deliver the Darwin Day Lecture 2022, taking place on 11 February 2022. This Darwin Day Lecture, a highlight of the humanist calendar, and an online-first hybrid event, will be chaired by Humanists UK President Professor Alice Roberts. Dame Anne will speak on ‘People and pathogens: the evolution of infections’. A […]

Inclusive Assemblies Bill completes passage through House of Lords

A Bill aiming to replace compulsory Christian worship with inclusive assemblies in English schools without a religious character has today completed its passage through the House of Lords. Humanists UK has long campaigned for reforms to the law mandating worship in schools. Today it said it was delighted with this progress. The introduction of assemblies […]

Dr Laura Schwartz delivers the Holyoake Lecture 2021: Infidel Feminism

Over 300 households tuned in on 30 November to hear Dr Laura Schwartz give Humanists UK’s prestigious annual Holyoake Lecture, on ‘Infidel Feminism: Secularism and Women’s Rights Past and Present’. Laura’s lecture was a deep-dive into the lesser-known history of women’s rights, and highlighted how humanist and secularist convictions shaped the lives and activism of […]

Former pupils of illegal schools tell parliamentarians of abuse

On Monday parliamentarians heard first hand-accounts of abuse from former pupils of illegal schools. At a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG), the pupils called for the Government to take action to close the loopholes which enable these unsafe settings to operate. Three former pupils of illegal and unregistered schools in London gave […]

Children’s Services Chiefs call for home education register that would help close illegal schools

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has called for a compulsory register of home educated children, as the number of children thought to be educated outside of school settings soars. Humanists UK, which has long campaigned for such a register to help in the crackdown on illegal religious schools, has welcomed the news. […]

Northern Ireland’s political leaders must do more to support integrated education, report concludes

Political leaders in Northern Ireland must do more to support integrated education, a new report has argued. Northern Ireland Humanists, which has long-campaigned for a single-system of education that teaches children from different backgrounds together, has welcomed the conclusions. The report was published by the University of Ulster’s UNESCO Centre this week. It says that […]

Jersey Assembly votes for humane right to die law

Jersey’s States Assembly today approved a proposal to change the law on assisted dying for adult islanders with terminal or incurable conditions, who have a clear and settled wish to end their lives. Channel Islands Humanists, part of Humanists UK, which campaigns for a right to die for those with terminal or incurable illnesses, praised […]

Northern Ireland’s blasphemy laws are ‘archaic and have no place in modern society’ confirms Justice Minister

Northern Ireland Justice Minister Naomi Long has repeated her call for the blasphemy laws to be repealed stating that they are ‘archaic and that they have no place in modern society.’ She had previously confirmed her support for repeal in March this year, alongside Finance Minister Conor Murphy, following a campaign by Northern Ireland Humanists. […]

Angela Barnes appointed patron for Humanists UK

Humanists UK is delighted to announce the appointment of its newest patron, Angela Barnes. Angela is an award-winning comedian who joins a stable of over 180 Humanists UK patrons with distinguished careers in arts, literature, science, academia, politics, and community and civic activism. Angela Barnes is a stand-up comedian and comedy show panellist. In 2011 […]

Humanist Climate Action reflect on COP26

Humanist Climate Action is a volunteer-led network of Humanists UK members and supporters committed to redefining lifestyles and campaigning for policies that promote low-carbon, ethical, and sustainable living in the light of the degeneration of the Earth’s climate and biodiversity. On 6 November, Humanist Climate Action joined forces with Eco-Humanists, from Humanist Society Scotland, at […]

Jersey Assembly to discuss proposed right to die law

Jersey’s States Assembly will meet today to discuss proposals from the Citizens’ Jury to change the law for adult islanders with terminal or incurable conditions who have a clear and settled wish to end their lives. Channel Islands Humanists, part of Humanists UK, campaigns to legalise assisted dying for both the terminally ill and incurably […]

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