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Push for legal humanist marriages gets more support in Parliament

The push to give legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales gained further support in Parliament today, after peers called on the UK Government to implement reforms around legal humanist marriages. In a discussion on the second reading of the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc) Bill in the House of Lords […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. January 18, 2019, 3:35 pm

Three state Steiner schools rated ‘inadequate’ after long-running campaign led by Humanists UK

Humanists UK is calling for the urgent closure of three Steiner schools which were rated inadequate by the education inspectorate Ofsted after the schools failed to prove they could keep pupils safe. The inspections are the culmination of a long-running campaign by Humanists UK to expose the dangers of the Steiner school sector. Reports today […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. January 17, 2019, 1:12 pm

Humanists UK calls for freedom of religion or belief in China

In recent months and years, China has increased its crackdown on religion, resulting in extreme human rights abuses and an unprecedented attack on minorities who have been quietly practising their religion as part of their everyday lives. Now, in a new report, the charity Open Doors, says 50 million Christians in China are expected to […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. January 17, 2019, 11:14 am

Alice Roberts to headline Humanists UK Convention 2019

The biggest event in Humanists UK’s calendar has been announced and tickets are on sale now. Hundreds of humanists from around the UK and overseas are expected to converge on the ancient city of Leicester for the Humanists UK Convention 2019, to be held in the beautiful Art Deco surrounds of the Leicester Athena over 21–23 […]
Liam Whitton. January 16, 2019, 5:24 pm

Focus on ‘quality of education’ after new school inspection framework announced

Humanists UK has welcomed Ofsted’s new consultation on how it plans to better inspect schools, and which focuses on ensuring schools deliver a well-rounded, well-structured curriculum over choosing subjects that are specifically geared to improving exam results. The education inspectorate Ofsted today announced its framework for the consultation  which proposes a shift that will rebalance […]
Richy Thompson. January 16, 2019, 3:24 pm

Humanists UK urges local councils not to open 100% religiously selective schools as first such schools are proposed

Take Action: You too can write to your local councillors to oppose new fully selective religious schools. You can look at the points we’ve made in our letter to help you craft your own and even use our Guide for Local Activists to start your own campaign. Humanists UK has written to councils across England […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. January 11, 2019, 11:23 am

Spar supermarket chain in Northern Ireland caught up in promotion of anti-abortion agenda

A majority shareholder linked to the Spar supermarket chain in Northern Ireland has been caught promoting a strong anti-abortion agenda which is against any legal reforms in Northern Ireland, it has been revealed. In December 2018, Ardbarron Trust Ltd, a Christian Charitable Trust and majority shareholder in Henderson Group (which runs the Spar wholesale and […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. January 10, 2019, 6:02 pm

Humanists UK urges Government to stand firm on LGBT teachings after Jewish father writes to DfE

Humanists UK has urged the UK Government not to back down on its plans to implement new guidance that schools explicitly teach respect for LGBT people, after a worrying new threat by a Charedi Jewish father who claims that teaching his children about LGBT issues is a breach of his human rights. A member of […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. January 8, 2019, 2:46 pm

Ban on production of non-stunned meat comes into effect in Belgium

Humanists UK has welcomed the introduction of a new law in Belgium which requires all animals to be stunned before slaughter, and hopes it will lead to a change in law in the UK. The law, which came into effect on 1 January 2019, will ban the production of non-stunned kosher and halal meat in […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. January 7, 2019, 3:27 pm

Humanists UK calls upon Equality and Human Rights Commission to tackle religious discrimination

Humanists UK has submitted a response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) consultation on its strategic plan for 2019 to 2022 calling for it to prioritise tackling religious discrimination, especially in employment, education, criminal justice, and marriage law. Every three years the EHRC publishes a strategic plan which sets out its overarching goals […]
Rachel Taggart-Ryan. January 4, 2019, 1:43 pm