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Humanists UK marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Tonight at 7pm, Humanists UK President Adam Rutherford will be taking part in the UK Commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day, ahead of the Day itself tomorrow. The event is organised by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. In his contribution, Adam recounts the 1943 diary entries of Julius Feldman who was held in Kraków Ghetto and […]

Human Rights Committee calls on Government to abandon Rights Removal Bill

Today the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights has published its report into the so-called Bill of Rights Bill. In the report, it has urged the UK Government to abandon the Bill entirely. In its response to the Committee’s call for evidence last year, Humanists UK made the same call, and highlighted the impact […]

Francesca Stavrakopoulou becomes a patron of Defence Humanists

Defence Humanists is delighted to welcome broadcaster and Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion Francesca Stavrakopoulou as its newest patron. She joins historian and TV presenter Dan Snow and philosopher and author Professor A C Grayling. Defence Humanists is a section of Humanists UK that brings together service personnel, veterans, Ministry of Defence staff, and […]

Humanists UK mourns Derek Lennard (1952–2023)

Humanists UK mourns the loss of Derek Lennard, who has died aged 70. A longtime member and former Chair of LGBT Humanists, then known as the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Group (GALHA), Derek was responsible for bringing the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) to the UK – nowadays the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and […]

‘Book of the Year’ author Sarah Bakewell to deliver Rosalind Franklin Lecture 2023

Humanists UK today announced that Sarah Bakewell – author of 2016’s At the Existentialist Café, a New York Times’ Book of the Year – will explore the lives and contributions of humanist women through the ages at the Rosalind Franklin Lecture, Humanly Possible. A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available now from humanists.uk/franklin2023. […]

Humanist Climate Action interview with former co-leader of the Green Party, Siân Berry

Our volunteer-led network Humanist Climate Action spoke with Siân Berry – London Assembly Member, former Co-Leader of the Green Party, and Humanists UK patron – about Siân’s humanist and environmental values, how they coincide, and how they inform her activism and work to put pressure on those in power. Humanist Climate Action’s Lori Marriott finds […]

Eligible to vote in Britain? You now need the right form of photo ID

From 4 May, the law is changing to require voters in Britain to have an acceptable form of photo ID – also known as ‘voter ID’ – in order to be able to vote in some elections. From that date, voter ID will be required at local elections in England, parliamentary by-elections in Britain, and […]

Humanists UK condemns Advertising Standards Authority’s latest anti-blasphemy ruling

A poster promoting Demi Lovato’s latest album has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in part because it was ‘likely to cause offence to Christians’. Humanists UK has condemned this aspect of the ruling as a de facto ban on blasphemy. Lovato’s poster had been displayed at only six locations across London last […]

The time has come: humanists must define the values that will underpin our AI future

Series: Humanist reflections Author: Liam Whitton As we look to the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in the UK, there is a sense of both excitement and uncertainty. With its potential to revolutionise industry and make sweeping changes to a wide range of skilled professions, the recent period of exponential advancement in AI technology throws […]

Humanists UK calls for an end to compulsory worship and biased RE in schools in submissions to UN

Humanists UK has once again highlighted that compulsory collective worship and non-inclusive religious education (RE) contravene children’s human rights to freedom of religion or belief. It has done so in a series of submissions to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The reports separately cover England and Wales, and Northern […]

A year of campaign successes for Humanists UK

As we reflect on 2022, we are proud to look back on a year of many successes and achievements in our campaigns, against the backdrop of a challenging political environment. With the support of Humanists UK members and supporters, we have worked strenuously to advance our vision of a world where rational thinking and kindness […]

Dr Sarah Chaney delivers the Voltaire Lecture 2022

Hundreds of people joined Humanists UK online on 1 December, to hear researcher and author Dr Sarah Chaney deliver Humanists UK’s prestigious annual Voltaire Lecture, chaired by Humanists UK President Dr Adam Rutherford, under the title ‘Am I Normal?’ These days, many people are concerned about whether or not they are ‘normal’. This could be […]

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