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Nichola Raihani appointed patron of Humanists UK

Humanists UK is delighted to announce the appointment of its newest patron, Professor Nichola Raihani. Raihani is a renowned evolutionary biologist who joins a stable of over 170 Humanists UK patrons with distinguished careers in arts, literature, science, academia, politics, and community and civic activism. Nichola Raihani is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and […]

Humanists UK at UN urges repeal of blasphemy and apostasy laws in Somalia

In its latest intervention at the UN Human Rights Council, Humanists UK has called on the Government of Somalia to remove blasphemy from its penal code and to repeal the death penalty for apostasy. Speaking via a video intervention during the Universal Periodic Review of Somalia’s human rights performance, Humanists UK’s Campaigns Officer Rachel Taggart-Ryan […]

Afghan resettlement schemes must protect the non-religious, Humanists UK tells UN

Humanists UK has called on the UN Human Rights Council to take greater action to protect the human rights of religious and non-religious minority groups in Afghanistan facing persecution in the wake of the Taliban takeover. Speaking via a video intervention, Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson stated, ‘Even before the Taliban takeover, Afghanistan was […]

Humanist walks in Bloomsbury and Manchester commemorate 125 years of Humanists UK

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, Humanists UK has partnered with the guided walking tours app Go Jauntly to produce free guided walks for two sites rich with humanist history: Bloomsbury and Manchester. About our humanist walking tours The walks provide an opportunity to learn more about a host of better and lesser-known humanists, and […]

Bursary launched in honour of humanist ceremonies pioneer as she retires from Birmingham Humanists Committee

A new bursary has been launched to honour Jane Wynne Willson, author and patron of Humanists UK, who stepped down from the Committee of Birmingham Humanists on Sunday. To mark the occasion, a celebrant training bursary was launched in her honour. The Jane Wynne Willson Celebrant Training Bursary, provided by Birmingham Humanists and Humanists UK, […]

Nichola Raihani explains the evolutionary origins of cooperation in the biggest Voltaire Lecture to date

Nichola Raihani, Professor of Evolution and Behaviour at UCL, and author of The Social Instinct: How Cooperation Shaped the World, on Wednesday night delivered the Voltaire Lecture 2021 on the same title, in an event viewed by over 1,000 people worldwide and chaired by Humanists UK President Professor Alice Roberts. Describing human cooperation as ‘our […]

Visit Humanists UK at this year’s party conferences

Humanists UK is attending the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences this year and has a stand and fringe event at both. Humanist and Secularist Liberal Democrats had a stand and ran two fringe events at the Liberal Democrats Party Conference which took place last weekend. Conservative Party Conference (Sunday 3 to Wednesday 6 October) Come […]

Northern Ireland Humanists celebrant to take part in Northern Ireland’s Thought for the Day for the first time

Tomorrow (Wednesday 22 September) Janni Knox will be the first Northern Ireland Humanists voice to take part in Northern Ireland’s Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Ulster. Janni is a Northern Ireland Humanists weddings, namings, and funerals celebrant based in Belfast. Her contribution will be focused on the Balmoral Show. It marks the start […]

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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