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Ed Byrne and Tim McGarry announced for Humanists UK Convention 2019

Comedian Ed Byrne will help kick off the Humanists UK Convention 2019 as the headline act of the Friday night comedy gig. Ed is an Irish standup comedian, actor, writer, and self-described nerd, as well as a longtime patron of Humanists UK. Two hours of comedy will kick off Humanists UK Convention, taking place in […]
Ian Scott. March 18, 2019, 5:44 pm

Humanists UK’s response to terrorist attack in New Zealand

Humanists UK has issued a statement in response to the terrorist attack which occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand today. Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson said: ‘This is an atrocity of heartbreaking proportions for a free and peaceful country like New Zealand. Innocent people going about their everyday lives have been targeted. As the Humanist […]
Casey-Ann Seaniger. March 15, 2019, 12:26 pm

New children’s rights report slams more religiously selective schools and faith-based exemptions to RSE

A new report into the state of children’s rights in England strongly criticises the UK Government’s decision to increase the number of 100% religiously selective faith schools in England, and raises concerns about faith-based carve-outs in Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). The annual report, which includes evidence submitted by Humanists UK, was produced by the […]
Ruth Wareham. March 14, 2019, 4:08 pm

Humanists UK at the UN calls for immediate release of those accused of apostasy in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Government must overturn the death sentences of Ahmad Al Shamri and the poet Ashraf Fayadh, both convicted of apostasy, and release the blogger Raif Badawi, who has been imprisoned for blasphemy since 2013, Humanists UK told the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council in an intervention Geneva. Humanists UK’s representative Rachel […]
Rachel Taggart-Ryan. March 14, 2019, 11:07 am

Government doesn’t know how many schools are breaking the law on gender segregation

Some two years on from a court case on the matter, the Department for Education has admitted that it is still unaware of the number of schools that are illegally segregating pupils by gender. The admission was made in response to a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Times Educational Supplement (TES) and raises […]
Ruth Wareham. March 13, 2019, 4:59 pm

Humanists UK calls upon Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to tackle religious segregation

Humanists UK has responded to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s (NIHRC) consultation on its strategic plan for the next three years, calling for a renewed focus on tackling religious segregation in the education sector and workplace, to work for the repeal of blasphemy laws, and to continue to campaign for safe and legal access […]
Rachel Taggart-Ryan. March 13, 2019, 4:44 pm

Humanists UK at UN calls for UK Government to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland

Humanists UK has called upon member states at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council to hold the UK Government to account over its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to allow safe, legal, and effective access to abortion in Northern Ireland. Humanists UK representative Rachel Taggart-Ryan stated, ‘Abortion […]
Rachel Taggart-Ryan. March 13, 2019, 11:16 am

Cathy Newman delivers Rosalind Franklin Lecture on women who changed the course of history

On 7 March, nearly 400 people attended Cathy Newman’s Rosalind Franklin Lecture for Humanists UK on the eve of International Women’s Day. It was Humanists UK’s largest Rosalind Franklin Lecture to date. Her talk, titled ‘Bloody Brilliant Women’ after her book of the same name, was chaired by Humanists UK’s patron, the journalist Joan Smith. […]
Liam Whitton. March 12, 2019, 5:49 pm

Revealed: Church of England, Catholic, and Muslim proposals amongst 14 bids for 100% religiously selective schools

The UK Government has revealed that it has received 14 applications for a new capital funding scheme designed to allow a wave of new, 100% religiously selective, voluntary aided (VA) schools to open in England. Humanists UK has now identified a number of those proposals, and can reveal they include Catholic, Church of England and […]
Richy Thompson. March 12, 2019, 9:10 am

Humanists UK at UN calls on Iran to abolish death penalty for blasphemy and apostasy

Humanists UK has intervened at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council, calling for the immediate release by Iran of those imprisoned for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief, and for Iran to abolish the death penalty for the crimes of blasphemy and apostasy. The latest intervention came during an […]
Rachel Taggart-Ryan. March 11, 2019, 4:58 pm