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Integrated Education Bill passes second stage in Northern Ireland Assembly

The Integrated Education Bill, introduced by Kellie Armstrong MLA, has passed its second stage in the Northern Ireland Assembly. This Bill, if passed into law, would mean that all new schools opened in Northern Ireland will by default integrate both Protestant and Catholic communities in staff, pupils, and governance structures. It was supported by a […]

Opposition calls for immediate legal recognition of humanist marriages

The Labour frontbench has called for immediate legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales. It made the call following the legal recognition of outdoor civil marriages, but the failure to deliver any similar much-needed reform for humanists. On 1 July the UK Government changed the law to allow outdoor civil marriages until at […]

New book on humanist pastoral care sent to every UK hospital, hospice, and prison

A groundbreaking new practical introduction to non-religious pastoral care has been sent to over 1,300 hospitals, hospices, and prisons across the UK. The new book, Being There: Responses in Humanist Pastoral Care, is by Joanna Mutlow. It is an accessible introduction to non-religious pastoral support, rooted in her practical experience providing care to people through […]

Humanists UK at UN calls for repeal of Mauritania’s blasphemy and apostasy laws

Today, Humanists UK called on Mauritania to repeal its blasphemy and apostasy laws at the UN Human Rights Council. Humanists UK’s Public Affairs Manager Karen Wright made the video intervention during a debate on the Universal Periodic Review of Mauritania. In her comments, she said: ‘We are deeply concerned that apostasy and blasphemy laws have […]

It’s good to talk, so we’re here to listen: Interview with humanist pastoral carer Ciarán McWilliams

Ciarán McWilliams is a humanist pastoral carer and the Northern Ireland Regional Coordinator for the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network. As well as recently becoming the first humanist pastoral carer to be appointed to a rugby team, he’s also the first person ever to provide humanist care in Northern Ireland’s high-security prison, Maghaberry. We caught up […]

UK opposition adopts progressive children’s and human rights policies

In a major shift, David Lammy MP, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, announced that the UK opposition will adopt several new policies on strengthening human rights. Humanists UK has welcomed the news, as all the new policies are ones that humanists have long campaigned for. The new policies include the […]

Opt-out organ donation bill laid before Northern Ireland Assembly

The Organ and Tissue Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill has been laid before the Northern Ireland Assembly. This Bill, if passed into law, would introduce a ‘soft opt-out’ system of organ donation. This means that people will in general be presumed to have wanted to donate their organs after death. That is, unless they have opted […]

Humanists UK Chief Executive leads NHS England national memorial to workers who died during pandemic

Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson has today led the national memorial ceremony organised by NHS England to remember NHS workers who have died during the pandemic. The memorial was also dedicated to the tireless work of NHS staff in caring for the 400,000 Covid patients who have been hospitalised. The memorial took place in […]

Humanists UK and Rene Cassin at UN demand action to prevent genocide

  Humanists UK and the Jewish human rights charity René Cassin have made a joint intervention today at the UN Human Rights Council. They have expressed their deep concern over the growing evidence of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and Muslims in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The intervention was made […]

Humanists UK and BPAS call for home abortion pills at UN

Humanists UK and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) have made a joint intervention at the UN Human Rights Council. They expressed concern at widespread failure to guarantee reproductive and sexual health rights, including access to abortion services, during the pandemic. The intervention was made by video by Humanists UK Campaigns Officer Rachel Taggart-Ryan, during […]

Humanists UK and Ozanne Foundation call for action at UN on ‘conversion therapy’

Humanists UK and the Ozanne Foundation have made a joint intervention at the UN Human Rights Council. They called for greater collaboration between the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and the Special Rapporteur on Religion or Belief, Dr Ahmed Shaheed, to end the practice […]

Victory! Gibraltar votes decisively to end draconian abortion restrictions

The people of Gibraltar have voted decisively in a territory-wide referendum to change their abortion law, removing some of the harshest restrictions in Europe. 62% of voters supported removing the penalty of life imprisonment for a woman seeking an abortion. Terminations will now become legally and safely accessible up to 12 weeks of gestation if […]

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