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Vaccine creator Professor Sarah Gilbert delivers Rosalind Franklin Lecture to thousands

Professor Sarah Gilbert, Oxford Project Leader of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine tonight delivered the Rosalind Franklin Lecture 2021, ‘Racing against the virus’ in an event viewed by around 2,000 people worldwide and chaired by multi-award-winning journalist Samira Ahmed. Sarah’s lecture delivered a brief history of the science of vaccination, before recounting the astonishing progress of the […]
Humanists UK. March 5, 2021, 8:39 pm

Parliament’s Human Rights Committee throws out case to reform Human Rights Act

The UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights has published its response to the Government’s Independent Human Rights Act Review stating there is no need for reform. Humanists UK has welcomed this submission, and has warned against proposals that might weaken the Act. Following the Government launching its Independent Human Rights Act Review, the Joint […]
Humanists UK. March 5, 2021, 2:17 pm

Human Rights Act doesn’t need fixing, Humanists UK tells review

Humanists UK has defended the operation of the Human Rights Act 1998 in response to a consultation by the Government-established Independent Human Rights Act Review. In its submission, Humanists UK stated that the Act ‘is a signature piece of rights protection in the UK. It has not only enabled ordinary citizens to enjoy and defend […]
Humanists UK. March 5, 2021, 2:09 pm

Humanists UK at the UN calls for action to tackle anti-Muslim hatred

In its latest intervention at the UN Human Rights Council, Humanists UK has called for more action to be taken to address the worrying global rise in the persecution of Muslims, and for more research to be done into the links between laws prohibiting blasphemy and anti-Muslim hatred. In an intervention made by video during […]
Humanists UK. March 5, 2021, 1:06 pm

Humanists launch Humanist Climate Action with call to plant trees

Sign up to Humanist Climate Action to hear more about its events and activities. Humanists UK members and supporters have come together to announce Humanist Climate Action (HCA), a new volunteer-led network that will ensure that the non-religious have a voice in the major environmental debates that define our time – ‘for the one planet […]
Humanists UK. March 4, 2021, 5:37 pm

‘Perverse’, ‘archaic’, and unfair: law allowing religious discrimination against teachers blasted by Stormont Education Committee

An exemption to equality law allowing schools in Northern Ireland to employ teachers on religious grounds is ‘perverse’, ‘archaic’, and unfair, members of the Stormont’s Education Committee said yesterday. Northern Ireland Humanists – which campaigns for equal treatment of teachers regardless of religious background – welcomed the comments and said they show it is high […]
Humanists UK. March 4, 2021, 3:10 pm

New survey reveals how Census question leads people to tick a religious answer

A new survey suggests that most people who will tick ‘Christian’ on this month’s Census will do so in spite of not believing in the teachings of Christianity, not believing in the story of Jesus, and never attending church other than as a guest at a ceremony. Humanists UK says the results show the Census […]
Humanists UK. March 4, 2021, 8:01 am

Parliamentarians discuss impact of Covid-19 on the non-religious

The All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) met on Monday to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on the non-religious, including on our pastoral carers working in hospitals and prisons, on the work of humanist funeral and wedding celebrants, and the impact across the globe. The meeting was chaired by Baroness Bakewell and first heard from the Chief […]
Humanists UK. March 3, 2021, 3:53 pm

Senedd votes to require schools to promote children’s rights

A Bill that will make the Welsh curriculum fully inclusive of humanism has moved one step closer to becoming law, with Senedd members yesterday voting in favour of a Government amendment placing a duty on schools to promote knowledge and understanding of UN Conventions on the rights of children and disabled people, further strengthening the […]
Humanists UK. March 3, 2021, 12:05 pm

Faith school forbidding pupils and their mothers from wearing ‘very straight dresses or skirts’ breaches Admissions Code

The admissions policy of a Charedi Jewish girls high school forbidding pupils and their mothers from wearing ‘very straight or figure hugging dresses [or] skirts’ breaches the School Admissions Code because it is not objective, the admissions tribunal has found. The policy was also found to be racially discriminatory and to be requiring parents to […]
Humanists UK. March 2, 2021, 11:42 am