Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:51
After an extensive and well-organised lobbying effort from the religious right, the European Parliament has, on Human Rights day, rejected a progressive Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:34
Just 8% of disabled people surveyed in a new Yougov poll for Dignity in Dying believe that disability rights groups should maintain their opposition to assisted dying.
Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:14
An MP in Poland has lost a court challenge to the presence of a large crucifix in the country's parliament building.
Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:51
A report, published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), has found that the non-religious are discriminated against, or outright persecuted, in most countries of the world. In 12 countries, people who openly espouse atheism or reject the official state religion of Islam face execution.
Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:00
The upper House of the Dutch parliament has voted to abolish the country's blasphemy law which has been on the statute books since 1932.
Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:09
A Christian woman who claimed she had been constructively dismissed from her job as a care worker because she refused to work on Sundays has lost her case at the Court of Appeal.
Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:31
A free speech reform backed by The National Secular Society will come into effect on 1 February next year.
Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:55
The National Secular Society is assisting local parents to block a proposal to convert a Suffolk community school to a Church of England school.
Posted: Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:15
The Vatican has failed to provide detailed information on cases of child sexual abuse, as requested by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Posted: Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:16
New research published by the Fair Admissions Campaign has highlighted the extent to which faith-based admissions policies create socio-economic segregation.
Posted: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:18
A third of community schools and over a third of academies without a religious character are failing to meet their legal or contractual agreements to provide religious education.
Posted: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:25
The board of governors of a community school in Sheffield has voted to strengthen its existing policy on religious visitors following concerns about the agenda of external visitors to the school.
Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:21
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the owners of a guest house after they had been found guilty of discrimination against a gay couple who wanted to stay in a double room.
Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:40
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is today (27 November 2013) hearing the case of a French woman, identified by her initials SAS, who is challenging the country's ban on the full face veil.
Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:16
Dutch lawmakers appear to be having second thoughts about scrapping the nation's blasphemy laws.
Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:04
The National Secular Society has joined together with religious groups and civil liberties campaigners to launch a new campaign to challenge Government proposals to outlaw "annoying" behaviour.
Posted: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:10
A report just published by vice-chancellors' group Universities UK, has advised that segregation by gender in talks from external speakers is fine.
Leader of Russian Orthodox Church says it is dangerous to unite state and church while Putin declares Russia a secular state
Posted: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:35
Patriarch Kirill, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has said that there is no question of the church and state uniting in Russia.
Head teacher apologises after ordering pupils to attend Islam awareness trip or face punishment for 'racism'
Posted: Sat, 23 Nov 2013 21:37
A head teacher has been forced to apologise to parents after threatening to punish children for racism if they missed a religious awareness workshop.
Posted: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:14
The search has begun to find the next recipient of the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year. The award is presented annually in recognition of an individual or an organisation considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the secular cause.