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Welsh Government to consider sex and relationships education in 2018

In its final report and recommendations, the Welsh Government’s Sex and Relationships Education Expert Panel (SREEP) has identified ‘significant gaps’ in the sex and relationships education (SRE) curriculum on offer to children in Wales, prompting Education Secretary Kirsty Williams to promise a considered response to the SREEP report in the new year. Wales Humanists, which […]
Liam Whitton. December 14, 2017, 2:11 pm

Humanists UK, Humanist Students, and Faith to Faithless call for guidance to protect free speech in universities

In a joint submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR)  on free speech in universities, Humanists UK and its section Humanist Students have called for the Government to issue clear guidance outlining the legal protections for freedom of speech on campus, and that it should only be curtailed in universities in the most […]
Rachel Taggart-Ryan. December 14, 2017, 2:00 pm

‘State of Children’s Rights in England 2017’ report recommends maintaining the 50% cap on faith school admissions

In its annual report on the ‘State of Children’s Rights in England’, the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) has rejected the Government’s proposal to remove the 50% cap on religious selection at free schools, and called for it to be kept in place. Humanists UK, which is a member of CRAE and advocates that, […]
Jay Harman. December 13, 2017, 5:11 pm

Anti-abortion activist resigns as Equality and Human Rights Commissioner

Lord Shinkwin has resigned as a Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Shinkwin had been campaigning to get the Commission to support a bill he is proposing in the House of Lords seeking to ban abortion on the grounds of disability, including fatal foetal abnormality, and had been openly lobbying to see […]
Richy Thompson. December 13, 2017, 2:27 pm

Ofsted sounds alarm over increase in extreme private and illegal religious schools

In its Annual Report, out today, Ofsted has expressed alarm at the ‘increasing number of conservative religious schools that are spreading beliefs that clash with British values and equalities law’, as well as the ‘even more extreme’ illegal unregistered schools, which it says are ‘inadequately’ regulated to be able to tackle. Humanists UK leads the […]
Jay Harman. December 13, 2017, 8:36 am

Home Affairs Committee hears evidence of intimidation and harassment outside abortion clinics

The Home Affairs Committee investigating harassment and intimidation near abortion clinics heard evidence that anti-choice protesters have blocked women from accessing abortion clinics and threatened staff. Humanists UK supports the Back Off campaign, coordinated by British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), which aims to change the law to make it possible to establish protest-free zones around […]
Rachel Taggart-Ryan. December 12, 2017, 1:44 pm

Humanist Students elect next President

Student members of Humanists UK have elected the next President of Humanist Students, the section of Humanists UK representing non-religious students at universities throughout the UK. The winning candidate was Angelos Sofocleous, who is also President of the Durham Humanist Students Society. He will work as as President-Elect until September 2018 alongside current President Hannah […]
Liam Whitton. December 12, 2017, 11:55 am

Department of Health launches opt-out organ donation consultation

Today the UK Department of Health has launched its official consultation on introducing an opt-out organ donor register in England. Humanists UK, which has campaigned for precisely such an outcome over many years, has praised the Government for moving ahead on this issue. The UK’s shortage of available donor organs is so severe that today […]
Liam Whitton. December 12, 2017, 10:31 am

Local residents call for fully inclusive, non-denominational schools

83% of residents in the London Borough of Hackney believe that schools should be ‘non-denominational’ in character and open to all, a new report has revealed. Humanists UK, which campaigns for all schools to be of this nature, has stated that the findings demonstrate once again that the public are overwhelmingly opposed to the segregating […]
Rachel Taggart-Ryan. December 12, 2017, 10:25 am

Call to protect universal human rights as the UK leaves the EU

To mark Human Rights Day, Humanists UK along with 144 charities and campaigning organisations has signed a joint letter to Prime Minister Theresa May calling on the Government to protect universal human rights standards. Humanists UK is firmly committed to the promotion of human rights and equality, and opposes any dilution of protections which might […]
Richy Thompson. December 10, 2017, 4:32 pm