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Jewish faith school’s admission policy amounts to “discrimination on the basis of race”

Jewish faith school’s admission policy amounts to “discrimination on the basis of race”

Posted: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:50

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has instructed two Jewish faith schools to revise their admissions policies, with one of the schools found to have a policy which amounted to "discrimination on the basis of race."

New report on UK sharia ‘marriages’ exposes “tip of the iceberg”

New report on UK sharia ‘marriages’ exposes “tip of the iceberg”

Posted: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:54

A report by a human rights group has exposed the vulnerability of Muslim women living in Islamic 'marriages' in the UK.

Academic calls for “conscience clauses” for Christians

Academic calls for “conscience clauses” for Christians

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:45

A Christian academic has called for special "conscience clauses" for Christians in laws of which they do not approve.

Law Society under growing pressure over sharia wills guidance

Law Society under growing pressure over sharia wills guidance

Posted: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:33

Secularists and human rights campaigners have stepped up their calls for the Law Society to withdraw its controversial practice note on sharia succession rules.

Secularists query decision to reinstate registrar who refused to conduct same-sex weddings

Secularists query decision to reinstate registrar who refused to conduct same-sex weddings

Posted: Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:53

The National Secular Society has criticised a decision by Central Bedfordshire Council to reinstate a Christian registrar who was previously dismissed after refusing to conduct same-sex weddings.

Labour Party amends equality statement to include non-religious people

Labour Party amends equality statement to include non-religious people

Posted: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:05

The Labour Party has revised its recently-adopted equality statement to cover non-religious people, having previously only referred to 'religion'.

Equality & Human Rights Commission calls for evidence on religion or belief issues

Equality & Human Rights Commission calls for evidence on religion or belief issues

Posted: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:50

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a call for evidence from individuals and organisations about how their religion or belief may have affected their experiences in the workplace and in using the services and...

Labour party equality statement excludes non-religious people

Labour party equality statement excludes non-religious people

Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:19

Labour's policy making body – the National Policy Forum – has come under fire for adopting an equality statement appears not to cover non-religious people.

Equality and Human Rights Commission: gender segregation at campus events “unlawful”

Equality and Human Rights Commission: gender segregation at campus events “unlawful”

Posted: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:02

The National Secular Society has welcomed new legal guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission clarifying that gender segregation of university and campus events is unlawful.

Christian bakers in gay campaign cake row could face legal action

Christian bakers in gay campaign cake row could face legal action

Posted: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:41

A Northern Ireland bakery run by devout Christians could face legal action after it refused to make a cake with a slogan that supported gay marriage.

Secular marriage law proposed in Guernsey

Secular marriage law proposed in Guernsey

Posted: Fri, 30 May 2014 10:27

A campaigning group for LGBTQ rights in Guernsey has announced that it has secured a commitment from the Guernsey government to introduce secular marriage legislation, removing religious references from laws related to marriage.

Saudi Arabia calls for criticism of religion to be outlawed in Norway

Saudi Arabia calls for criticism of religion to be outlawed in Norway

Posted: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:50

Saudi Arabia has called for all criticism of religion and of the prophet Mohammed to be made illegal in Norway. The call came during the United Nation's Universal Periodic Review of Norway this week.

Faith school allocation may infringe human rights

Faith school allocation may infringe human rights

Posted: Sun, 06 Apr 2014 07:09

Non-religious and Christian parents who have been allocated places for their children at a Sikh free school have argued that their right to educate their children according to their beliefs is being infringed.

Equality watchdog rebukes Charity Appeal panel for “mistaken” ruling on gay adoption

Equality watchdog rebukes Charity Appeal panel for “mistaken” ruling on gay adoption

Posted: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:45

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has dismissed as "mistaken" a decision by the Scottish Charities Appeal Panel to permit a Catholic adoption agency to continue discriminating against gay couples.

IHEU defends freedom of thought for all at the UN

IHEU defends freedom of thought for all at the UN

Posted: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:42

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has spoken out at the Human Rights Council (HRC) to defend freedom of thought for all – including the non-religious.

Christian sacked from nursery did not suffer religious discrimination, appeals tribunal rules

Christian sacked from nursery did not suffer religious discrimination, appeals tribunal rules

Posted: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:21

An Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has dismissed an appeal from a woman who claimed she had been fired from her job in a nursery because of her religious beliefs.

Catholic adoption agency ruling ‘kicks a hole through Equality Act’, warns NSS

Catholic adoption agency ruling ‘kicks a hole through Equality Act’, warns NSS

Posted: Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:53

The NSS has warned that a decision by the Scottish Charities Appeal Panel about a Catholic adoption agency that discriminates against gay couples "kicks a hole right through the middle of the Equality Act".

Campaigners hope UN will help end university gender segregation

Campaigners hope UN will help end university gender segregation

Posted: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:11

The United Nations rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaeed, has been approached by students and women's groups to investigate the issue of gender segregation at British Universities.

Council of Europe under pressure to reconsider its resolution condemning male circumcision

Council of Europe under pressure to reconsider its resolution condemning male circumcision

Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:02

According to a report in the Times of Israel, the Council of Europe is to revisit last October's resolution which stated that the ritual circumcision of young boys violates their basic human rights.

Universities UK withdraws its guidance on gender segregation

Universities UK withdraws its guidance on gender segregation

Posted: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:55

Universities UK (UUK) has withdrawn its controversial guidance that gender segregation could be permitted at UK universities.