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Humanists UK challenges Pakistan’s blasphemy laws at the United Nations Human Rights Council

In a statement at the 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Humanists UK has condemned Pakistan’s blasphemy law and called for it to be abolished. The law against blasphemy, which in practice also criminalises apostasy, is incompatible with human rights standards as set out by the Rabat Plan of Action and […]
Jay Harman. March 19, 2018, 12:24 pm

Humanists UK publishes ‘Being Good’, free ebook from Richard Norman

Humanists UK is delighted to announce the release of ‘Being Good’, a free ebook from philosopher and Humanists UK patron Richard Norman. The publication is the second instalment of The Big Questions series, a new series exploring positive approaches to life from an ethical, humanist point of view. In ‘Being Good’, Richard Norman, Emeritus Professor […]
Liam Whitton. March 15, 2018, 3:49 pm

Humanists UK mourns death of Stephen Hawking

The staff and trustees of Humanists UK have expressed their sadness at the death of the theoretical physicist, cosmologist, science communicator, and humanist Professor Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking was the world’s most famous living scientist, and some of his contributions to human understanding rank alongside the discoveries of history’s greatest thinkers. He is perhaps best […]
Liam Whitton. March 14, 2018, 4:05 pm

Humanists UK comment: Government integration strategy

The Government has published today its Integrated Communities Strategy green paper, which ‘invites views on the government’s vision for building strong integrated communities.’ The green paper is a response to the review published by Dame Louise Casey in 2016, which criticised the growing segregation within the education system and communities in Britain. Humanists UK has […]
Jay Harman. March 14, 2018, 2:36 pm

Humanists UK defends women’s reproductive rights at UN Human Rights Council

The rights of women are being severely threatened around the world by restrictive abortion legislation and the inhumane punishments that accompany them, Humanists UK has told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. In an oral statement at the 37th regular session of the UNHRC, Humanists UK representative Dr David Harvey noted limited access […]
Jay Harman. March 14, 2018, 12:19 pm

Liberal Democrats vote for action on unregistered schools

The Liberal Democrats have passed new party policy aimed at tackling unregistered schools, many of which are religious. The policy, which was approved at the party’s Spring Conference, sets out to ‘strengthen the hand of local authorities (LAs) to deal with unregistered schools, including by reviewing the legislation’, and requires LAs to check up on […]
Jay Harman. March 13, 2018, 3:23 pm

Swedish Government to end faith schools if re-elected

Sweden’s senior governing party, the Social Democrats, has pledged to abolish faith schools if re-elected at the next general election in September 2018. This move was prompted by a series of scandals in the religious free schools sector very similar to ones seen in the UK. In 2010, the UK Government introduced its free schools […]
Liam Whitton. March 13, 2018, 12:57 pm

Success! NHS funding for homeopathy in London to end in April

The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (formerly the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital) has announced that it will stop providing NHS-funded homeopathic treatments in April. Humanists UK, who has lobbied the Department of Health and Social Care to ‘blacklist’ all homeopathic treatments provided by the NHS, welcomes this announcement, which represents the bulk of remaining […]
Rachel Taggart-Ryan. March 13, 2018, 10:33 am

Concerns expressed over wellbeing of trans pupils in Catholic schools following Cardinal’s comments

At a meeting of Catholic school headteachers in London, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has warned against the promotion of trans identities, it has been reported. Cardinal Nichols, Britain’s most senior Catholic official, reportedly stated that if children are questioning their gender identity, schools should stress that ‘there are “givens” which come with birth’. Humanists UK has […]
Jay Harman. March 12, 2018, 2:18 pm

Sir John Sulston FRS (1942–2018)

Humanists UK was sad to learn at the weekend of the death of Nobel Prize-winning scientist and patron of Humanists UK Sir John Sulston. He had died a few days previously, on 6 March 2018. Sir John showed a very early interest in how things work, and it was this fundamental curiosity which drove a […]
Liam Whitton. March 12, 2018, 2:14 pm