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Humanists UK welcomes new scheme to help grieving families cover the cost of their child’s funeral

Humanists UK has welcomed a new government scheme that from tomorrow will allow grieving families in England to access funds to help them pay for their child’s funeral. The UK Government has announced it will provide financial support to cover burial or cremation fees and the cost of a coffin for a child under 18 […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. July 22, 2019, 2:09 pm

Global victims call for UK Government review into non-religious persecution

Persecuted humanists who have been victims of oppressive blasphemy and apostasy laws and societal hostility towards the non-religious have called on the UK Government to urgently launch a global review into the persecution of non-religious people who face death, violence, and torture for expressing non-religious beliefs. The letter which was printed in The Guardian was […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. July 22, 2019, 11:13 am

Parliament passes landmark Northern Ireland abortion, same-sex marriage legislation with early 2020 implementation date

The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) 2017-2019 Bill passed through all remaining stages of debate in Parliament yesterday with overwhelming support, meaning that unless power-sharing resumes beforehand, by early 2020 same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland is set to become legal, abortion is set to be decriminalised, and provision is to be made for legal abortion in […]
Rachel Taggart-Ryan. July 19, 2019, 10:19 am

DUP opposes repealing Northern Ireland’s blasphemy laws while all other parties come out in favour

Take Action: Write to your MLAs asking them to support repeal of Northern Ireland’s Blasphemy laws! All the major political parties have come out in favour of repealing Northern Ireland’s blasphemy laws – except for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). In response to a Northern Ireland Humanists campaign, Sinn Fein, the Social Democratic and Labour Party, […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. July 12, 2019, 11:25 am

Peers call on Government to conduct global review of non-religious persecution

In a debate following the publication earlier this week of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the Foreign Secretary of FCO Support for Persecuted Christians, peers in the House of Lords called on the UK Government to conduct a similar review into the persecution of the non-religious around the world. Humanists UK endorses these […]
Karen Wright. July 12, 2019, 10:45 am

Latest British Social Attitudes survey shows continuing rise of the non-religious

Britain has continued its long-term trend towards being less and less religious, with the number of people saying they belong to no religion growing from two in five (43%) to a more than half (52%) over the last decade. That is the headline findings of the 2018 British Social Attitudes Survey, the results of which […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. July 11, 2019, 6:18 am

80 more teachers to take humanism to their classrooms

Teachers from across England will be better equipped to teach humanism in their classrooms after Humanists UK held a conference for 80 teachers in London yesterday. Humanists UK’s Understanding Humanism Teachers Conference was held at Conway Hall yesterday to broaden teachers’ subject knowledge about humanism and provide them with ideas and resources for the classroom. […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. July 10, 2019, 4:01 pm

MPs vote to compel legal same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland

MPs have voted today in favour of compelling the UK Government to make same-sex marriage legal in Northern Ireland, to decriminalise abortion, and to make provision for legal abortion in the cases of sexual crime and foetal abnormality. The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill, as amended, will now require the Government to change the law […]
Richy Thompson. July 9, 2019, 4:35 pm

Humanists UK at UN calls for protections for Afghanistan’s religion and belief minorities

Humanists UK has called upon the Afghanistan Government to ensure the rights of religion and belief minorities are protected by ending the use of the death penalty for blasphemy and apostasy, and by fully ratifying the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.  Speaking at the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. July 8, 2019, 3:24 pm

Government publishes report on Christian persecution

Humanists UK has welcomed many of the recommendations of the Foreign Office’s report on Christian persecution released today but has emphasised the need for the Government to ensure all its work is as inclusive of the non-religious as it is of the religious. It renewed its call for the Government to investigate the global persecution […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. July 8, 2019, 2:51 pm