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Government rejects Human Rights Committee’s call to abandon Rights Removal Bill

The UK Government has published its response to the report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the so-called Bill of Rights Bill. The Committee called for the Government to abandon the Bill. But the Government has broadly rejected the Committee’s recommendations, including those which are vital for protections for non-religious people. Humanists UK […]

One Life, Live It Well: Humanists UK’s new schools video with Alice Roberts

Humanists UK has teamed up with broadcaster and scientist Professor Alice Roberts to explore the humanist approach to life in a brand new animation aimed at children entitled One Life, Live It Well. The video officially launches online today, and is the latest resource from Understanding Humanism, the charity’s programme supporting learning about humanism in […]

Canada’s assisted dying legislation – dispelling the myths

Humanists UK has published a report on Canada’s assisted dying legislation, in light of recent coverage in UK media and elsewhere that has expressed concern about how the law is working. We have analysed the various claims in this coverage in order to see if there are real problems and, if so, what could be […]

Humanists UK and Malta calls out global backsliding on abortion rights

Humanists UK and Humanists Malta delivered a joint intervention to the UN Human Rights Council, raising their concerns over global backsliding on women’s rights to bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health, including the right to safe abortion. The intervention highlighted that the repeal of Roe vs Wade, resulting in the removal of the constitutional […]

Blasphemy laws must be repealed, Humanists UK tells UN

Humanists UK has repeated its call for all UN member states to repeal laws against blasphemy and apostasy and the release of those convicted or detained under such laws. In an intervention made at the 52nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, Humanists UK highlighted that the criminalisation of blasphemy is prohibited by international […]

New school resources tell the story of four remarkable humanist women

A new resource launched today by Understanding Humanism and Humanist Heritage puts four remarkable humanist women centre stage, with a booklet titled ‘Think for yourself, act for everyone’. Released to coincide with International Women’s Day, the resource celebrates four freethinking women who changed the world: writer George Eliot (1819–1880), journalist and explorer Florence Dixie (1855–1905), […]

Illegal Migration Bill ‘devastating’ for those facing serious persecution abroad

Yesterday saw the UK Government publish its Illegal Migration Bill, which Humanists UK has said will be ‘devastating’ for many people who are facing serious persecution abroad. If it becomes law, the Bill will see anyone arriving in the UK by non-legal routes be barred from possibly claiming asylum, including by denying them the right to make a […]

Humanism through the centuries: interview with author and humanist Sarah Bakewell

Ahead of Sarah’s upcoming Rosalind Franklin Lecture on International Women’s Day on 8 March at Conway Hall, London, we sat down with our 2023 Rosalind Franklin Medallist, author Sarah Bakewell, to discuss the themes of her new book Humanly Possible, namely: how humanist values have underpinned human progress centuries. Hi Sarah! We’re really looking forward […]

Humanists UK announces new patron Simon Skinner

Humanists UK is delighted to announce the appointment of its newest patron, historian Professor Simon Skinner. Simon joins a stable of 200 Humanists UK patrons with notable careers in the arts, science, academia, politics, and community and civic activism. Simon is an expert in modern British history, teaching at the University of Oxford for over […]

Faith schools prevent teachers discussing LGBT issues, survey finds

Faith schools frequently erect a barrier to teaching LGBT curriculum content from a neutral and inclusive perspective, according to a survey of UK teachers carried out by Teacher Tapp for the LGBT+ young people’s charity Just Like Us. They found that in faith schools, 46% of teachers think that faith is a barrier to tackling […]

New patron for Humanists UK: Darwin Day medalist, Professor Anjali Goswami

Humanists UK is delighted to announce the appointment of its newest patron, Professor Anjali Goswami, Research Leader in Palaeobiology and Dean of Postgraduate Education at the Natural History Museum. Anjali joins a stable of 200 Humanists UK patrons with notable careers in arts, literature, science, academia, politics, and community and civic activism. Anjali Goswami is […]

Humanist Heritage awarded Heritage Fund grant to bring humanist history to new audiences

Humanists UK and Conway Hall are delighted to announce the award of a grant of just over £160,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to expand the work of the Humanist Heritage project. Humanist Heritage uncovers the untold story of humanism in the UK – a story of people, groups, objects, places, movements, publications, and […]

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