Tags: Equality & Human Rights
Posted: Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:59 by European Humanist Federation
A new report from the Council of Europe which uses anti-discrimination rhetoric to justify discrimination and obscurantism, poses a potential threat to democracy and secularism in Europe, argues the European Humanist Federation.
Posted: Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:56 by Anne Marie Waters
Anne Marie Waters reports on an event, held on 4 February, organised by the Cutting Edge Consortium, a group which campaigns against homophobia in religion, and looks at how far religious belief should be, and is being, accommodated in employment and public life.
Posted: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:30 by Anne Marie Waters
Using the language of freedom, Islamists are turning back the clock on women's human rights. Segregation in universities is just another example, argues Anne Marie Waters.
Posted: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:36 by Stephen Evans
Despite the claims of its critics, secularism protects the freedom of conscience for all citizens, and welcomes believers and non-believers into the public square on equal terms, argues Stephen Evans.
Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:50 by Anne Marie Waters
Concordats are a little known tool of the Vatican to impose its dogma in to the public square. They are anti-democratic and anti-secular and, as Anne Marie Waters argues, are having a serious impact on the safety and health of millions of women.
Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:25 by Terry Sanderson
If an employer can reasonably accommodate religious requests without disrupting their business or disadvantaging their other staff, we have no objection. But if they can't, then employers should have the right to say "no" argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:18 by Anne Marie Waters
Women's rights are being ignored and side-stepped under the guise of 'culture', 'tradition' and religion, argues Anne Marie Waters.
Posted: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:49 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson argues that human rights are not there to fulfill religious demands; but to protect individuals.
Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:00 by Maryam Namazie
Maryam Namazie argues why we must oppose the far-tight of all varieties, but also the pro-Islamist left and side with universalism, equality for all and secularism, irrespective of beliefs.
Posted: Fri, 31 May 2013 13:48 by Margot Fernandez
As the Same-Sex Marriage Bill reaches the House of Lords, Margot Fernandez writes about the American experience of religion trying to dictate the law.
Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 18:42 by Terry Sanderson
With the recent rejection by the Grand Chamber of three 'religious discrimination' cases, Terry Sanderson questions why the religious right are still determined to push for their Christian privileges.
Posted: Tue, 21 May 2013 10:22 by Anne Marie Waters
Anne Marie Waters argues that when there is a clash between the rights and dignity of women and religious or cultural sensitivities, women always lose.
Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 14:24 by Kris Hopkins MP
Kris Hopkins MP argues that if the rights of women are to be protected, the government must ensure that the principle of one law for all is upheld.
Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:17 by Elizabeth O'Casey
A recent paper by Professor Steven Kettell shows that state religion is consistently associated with lower levels of political and civil freedom, and suggests the secular model as the best means to protect and promote human rights and freedom.
Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:23 by Keith Porteous Wood
Keith Porteous Wood on why Edwards Leigh's bill to amend the Equality Act to add "conscientious beliefs about the definition of marriage" as a protected characteristic alongside disability, sex, and sexual orientation should never make the statute book
Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:08 by Hope Knutsson
The Icelandic Parliament (Althing) this week passed a law which gives secular life stance organisations the right to apply for equal legal status with religions.
Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:27 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, provides a comprehensive round-up of the reaction to this week's European Court of Human Rights ruling on 'religious discrimination' in the workplace.
Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:29 by Ronan McCrea
Ronan McCrea, a barrister who helped prepare the National Secular Society's intervention, explains why this week's ECHR ruling does very little to change the rights of believers in the workplace.
Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:14 by Stephen Evans
Stephen Evans argues that it's time for the Government to stop dragging its heels and outlaw discrimination and harassment on the grounds of caste.
Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:30
Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Posted: Fri, 02 Nov 2012 20:37 by Terry Sanderson
After coming under fire for nominating Cardinal Keith O'Brien as "Bigot of the Year", Terry Sanderson defends Stonewall and agrees the Cardinal is a bigot, and that the award was appropriate and well-deserved.
Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 19:40 by National Secular Society
Terry Sanderson's speech to the Secular Europe rally: "It is time now for politicians to lose their fear of religious leaders, to accept that they can't corral their followers into a voting bloc, and to give the people what they want - a peaceful, tolerant and progressive society."
Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 06:14 by European Women's Lobby
At the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Russia has tabled a resolution seeking to promote "traditional values" as a basis for human rights. If this resolution is passed, there is no doubt that governments in future will use "traditional values" to restrict human rights.
Posted: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:08 by Terry Sanderson
Has the recent reshuffle appeased the religious lobby and are parliament's theocrats about to have their day?
Posted: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 06:32 by Dr Ronan McCrea
In this response to Joshua Rozenberg's piece on conscience exemptions from anti-discrimination legislation, Human rights barrister Dr Ronan McCrea argues that discriminatory acts have a moral significance beyond the deprivation of the relevant service.