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Humanists UK to host Steven Pinker on topic of new book, ‘Rationality’

World-renowned cognitive psychologist Professor Steven Pinker will speak for Humanists UK at a special event in London on Wednesday 12 October, to mark the publication of the paperback edition of this latest book Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters. Tickets are available to purchase now. Those keen to attend are […]

NI Census shows one in six are non-religious – nearly doubling in just 10 years

The 2021 Northern Ireland Census, released today, shows the number of people identifying as non-religious has almost doubled. When asked ‘What religion, religious denomination or body do you belong to?’, 330,983 ticked None, compared to 183,164 in 2011 – an 80% increase. That represents a growth in the share of the population from 10% to […]

New Patron for Humanists UK: Alom Shaha, scientist and educator

Humanists UK is delighted to announce the appointment of its newest patron Alom Shaha. Distinguished science communicator, teacher and author, Alom joins a stable of 200 Humanists UK patrons with notable careers in arts, literature, science, academia, politics, and community and civic activism. Alom Shaha has spent much of his professional life trying to share […]

Shaparak Khorsandi condemns killing of Iranian woman over hijab law

Humanists UK has expressed outrage at the police killing of an Iranian woman for allegedly breaking the county’s strict hijab rules. Mahsa Amini, 22, fell into a coma after being beaten by police in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Friday (16 September) following her detention by Iran’s morality police for not properly wearing the […]

Groundbreaking academic conference explores far-reaching history of humanist thought

Last weekend, participants from more than a dozen countries convened at Queen Mary University, London (QMUL) for Freethought in the Long Nineteenth Century: New Perspectives, a conference co-organised by Humanists UK, Dr Clare Stainthorp from QMUL, and the International Society for Historians of Atheism, Secularism, and Humanism (ISHASH), supported by The Leverhulme Trust. The two day conference saw […]

France announces launch of assisted dying citizens assembly

President Emmanuel Macron announced he will launch a citizens’ assembly on assisted dying. The French President showed his support for assisted dying while campaigning in the presidential election. A journalist’s microphone picked up on the President telling a woman who asked him that he would support having the Belgium model of assisted dying in France. […]

Humanists UK mourns Queen Elizabeth II

Humanists UK is deeply sorry to learn of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson commented: ‘Queen Elizabeth II gave decades of public service as our head of state. Her reign witnessed some of the most profound changes to the UK’s society and throughout that time she acted as […]

Scottish Parliament consultation shows strong support for assisted dying

A report published by the Scottish Parliament today has shown strong support for assisted dying. 78% of respondents to a consultation supported the Assisted Dying Bill proposed by Liam McArthur MSP, providing a strong encouragement for MSPs to vote in favour of the proposed new law. Humanists UK has welcomed the findings, and called for […]

Government shelves Rights Removal Bill

Humanists UK has welcomed the news that a new ‘Bill of Rights’ – a proposed law that would have shredded human rights protections for ordinary people – is to be shelved. The legislation was due to have its second reading in the UK Parliament next week and, if implemented, would have rolled back a number […]

Writer and broadcaster Kenan Malik to deliver the Holyoake Lecture 2022 in Manchester

Humanists UK today announced that writer, lecturer, and broadcaster Kenan Malik will deliver the prestigious annual Holyoake Lecture on 16 November, in Manchester. Early bird tickets are available to purchase now. Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer, broadcaster and Observer columnist. A former Moral Maze panellist, he has presented BBC Radio 3’s Nightwaves and Radio […]

Reflecting on a decade of campaigning for the legal right to die – at home and abroad

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the death of assisted dying campaigner Tony Nicklinson. Tony famously took his right to die case to the High Court but did not succeed. In the 10 years since Tony’s death, Humanists UK examines what has changed at home and abroad on the issue of assisted dying: Around the […]

Norway, Denmark, and human rights groups challenge UK over abortion rollback

Over 20 human rights, pro-choice, and international aid groups, and the Norwegian and Danish Governments, have called on the UK Government to reverse its decision to arbitrarily strip ‘sexual and reproductive health and rights’ and ‘bodily autonomy’ from an international human rights statement it – and 22 other countries – signed only two weeks ago. […]

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