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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.

NSS welcomes appeal court ruling against Christian who refused to work on Sundays

NSS welcomes appeal court ruling against Christian who refused to work on Sundays

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.

Universities can segregate women and men for debates, says university guidance

Universities can segregate women and men for debates, says university guidance

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.

Croatia: MEPs regret Church-led referendum on marriage

Croatia: MEPs regret Church-led referendum on marriage

Posted: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:31

On 1 December, Croatian citizens will be called to vote on whether to alter the constitution to define marriage as 'matrimony between a man and a woman'.

UN marks “Malala Day”

UN marks “Malala Day”

Posted: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:48

Malala Yousafzai, the inspirational and courageous schoolgirl from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban in October for campaigning in support of female education, has addressed the United Nations in New York.

Catholic midwives face further legal challenge to “conscience” exemption

Catholic midwives face further legal challenge to “conscience” exemption

Posted: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:35

Two Catholic midwives who, in April, won a legal case at Scotland's supreme civil court for the right to conscientious exemption from all involvement in abortion procedures, now face a further legal challenge.

NSS welcomes European Court decision to refuse appeal to Christian activists

NSS welcomes European Court decision to refuse appeal to Christian activists

Posted: Tue, 28 May 2013 13:58

The National Secular Society has welcomed a decision by the European Court of Human Rights not to refer the cases of three British Christians to the Grand Chamber.

Tribunal claims of religious discrimination test equality laws

Tribunal claims of religious discrimination test equality laws

Posted: Thu, 23 May 2013 10:05

A man described as "white British" has won more than £2,000 compensation from a halal meat firm after he complained of racial and religious discrimination.

Attempts to protect women’s rights in Afghanistan have been blocked by clerics in the parliament

Attempts to protect women’s rights in Afghanistan have been blocked by clerics in the parliament

Posted: Tue, 21 May 2013 15:24

Khalil Ahmad Shaheedzada, a conservative lawmaker for the Herat province, said parliament withdrew the legislation because of opposition from religious parties that considered the law un-Islamic.