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Brunei’s death penalty for blasphemy is ‘serious human rights breach’

Brunei’s re-introduction of the death penalty in 2019 for so-called ‘crimes’ including blasphemy and homosexuality have been condemned by Humanists UK at the 42th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in Geneva. In Humanists UK’s intervention at the UN, representative Farah Mohammed raised serious concerns about Brunei Darussalam’s new Syariah Penal Code […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. September 18, 2019, 3:22 pm

Government urged to focus on global non-religious persecution

Humanists UK has provided evidence of alarming cases of persecution faced by non-religious people around the globe, including accounts of humanists being murdered after they declared on their social media profiles to have no religious beliefs. In its evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee on the state of freedom of religion and belief globally, Humanists […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. September 18, 2019, 9:43 am

Humanists UK at UN calls for abolition of death penalty for blasphemy and apostasy

Humanists UK has urged all countries to abolish the death penalty for apostasy and blasphemy at the 42th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Humanists UK’s representative Farah Mohammed told the UN, ‘Fourteen states still impose such punishments, including Pakistan where no evidence is required to prosecute a charge of blasphemy, and […]
Rachel Taggart-Ryan. September 13, 2019, 4:04 pm

Public urged to oppose proposed new faith school in Peterborough

Humanists UK is urging the public to oppose a new religiously selective voluntary-aided Roman Catholic school that is being proposed in Peterborough. Humanists UK, which campaigns for an inclusive education system with no religious discrimination, is encouraging locals in Peterborough to register their opposition to the plans for Hampton Waters Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided School, […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. September 11, 2019, 2:40 pm

Humanists UK concerned over Government’s comments on 50% cap on faith admissions

Humanists UK has expressed concern over comments by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson who this week said the Government was ‘looking closely’ at opening more voluntary aided faith schools in England and its position on the 50% cap on faith admissions in free schools. In a response to a question in the House of Commons on […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. September 11, 2019, 11:59 am

Humanists UK expresses alarm at GoFundMe silence on Birmingham anti-LGBT protesters’ crowdfunder

Update, 10:45, 10 September: GoFundMe has now contacted Humanists UK to say they have removed the page. Job done!  Humanists UK Education Campaigns Manager Dr Ruth Wareham said: ‘We’re delighted GoFundMe has removed the page, though we regret that they did not do this until we resorted to the media, some two months after our […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. September 10, 2019, 9:02 am

UK’s top scientists tell the Welsh Government: ‘Teach evolution, not creationism!’

Around 50 of the UK’s leading scientists and science organisations have urged the Welsh Government to ensure that students are taught evolution at primary school and to explicitly ban the teaching of creationism as science in all Welsh schools, in an open letter published today. In the letter, 46 scientists and educators including Sir David […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. September 5, 2019, 7:57 am

Humanists UK provides testimonies of alleged bias against apostates by asylum case translators

Humanists UK has submitted case studies to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) which is carrying out an investigation into the Home Office’s use of translators and interpreters, highlighting alleged incidents of bias against non-religious people accessing the asylum system. The ICIBI is an independent body that monitors and reports on the […]
Rachel Taggart-Ryan. August 29, 2019, 4:00 pm

More people opting for non-religious funerals, new report shows

Humanists UK has welcomed a new report on the changing face of UK funerals which shows that traditional religious funerals are in decline, with more people choosing to have a personalised, bespoke funeral for their loved ones. Co-op Funerals’ report released today, Burying Traditions: The Changing Face of UK Funerals, found that three quarters (77%) […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. August 29, 2019, 9:04 am

Irish state schools drop their religious ethos in move towards inclusive schooling

A number of Irish state schools have dropped their religious ethos in favour of being integrated schools that welcome children from all religion and belief backgrounds, in a positive move towards inclusive education in Ireland. Humanists UK, which campaigns for an inclusive education system with no religious discrimination, has described the schools’ moves as ‘welcome’ […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. August 28, 2019, 4:40 pm