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Inclusive schools needed to tackle radicalisation, says European Commission

Inclusive schools needed to tackle radicalisation, says European Commission

Posted: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:54

The European Commission has called for inclusive education to help tackle radicalisation across the continent.

European Commission announces online crackdown on “hate speech”

European Commission announces online crackdown on “hate speech”

Posted: Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:45

Tech companies including Facebook and Twitter have signed up to a new European Commission plan designed to clampdown on online "hate speech."

NSS stresses role of education in nurturing cohesive societies in speech at European Parliament

NSS stresses role of education in nurturing cohesive societies in speech at European Parliament

Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:55

The NSS has told top-level European officials of the positive role secular education can play in building a shared future and challenging religious intolerance across Europe.

Council of Europe “retreat” on circumcision of young boys

Council of Europe “retreat” on circumcision of young boys

Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:50

Jewish and Muslim groups have claimed victory after the Council of Europe 'retreated' over a proposed ban on male circumcision and instead recommended that it only be performed by trained individuals.

National Secular Society calls for integrated education at EU colloquium on combatting religious hatred

National Secular Society calls for integrated education at EU colloquium on combatting religious hatred

Posted: Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:29

The National Secular Society has spoken out at a meeting of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on religious intolerance to call for integrated schools that promote citizenship and human rights.

Ireland strongly criticised by UN for domination of religious schools over education system

Ireland strongly criticised by UN for domination of religious schools over education system

Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:58

The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) has called on Ireland to "increase the number of non-denominational schools" in its education system.

Secularists call for commitment to free speech and civil society to challenge bigotry

Secularists call for commitment to free speech and civil society to challenge bigotry

Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:56

The National Secular Society has called on the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights to promote a robust civil society response against religious and ethnic hatred.

Head of Russian Orthodox Church says secularization in Europe has reached “apocalyptic dimensions,” calls for “Christian values”

Head of Russian Orthodox Church says secularization in Europe has reached “apocalyptic dimensions,” calls for “Christian values”

Posted: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:20

Patriarch Kirill said Europe has abandoned its "Christian identity" and that the "process of secularization" has reached "apocalyptic dimensions".

Secularists protest Pope’s planned address to the European Parliament

Secularists protest Pope’s planned address to the European Parliament

Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:45

Over a dozen secularist organisations have written to the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, objecting to his invitation to Pope Francis to address the Parliament.

European Commission dismisses NSS complaint over employment discrimination in faith schools

European Commission dismisses NSS complaint over employment discrimination in faith schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:03

The European Commission has announced it will take no further action after investigating complaints, submitted by the National Secular Society, regarding UK state funded 'faith schools' legislation and European employment laws.

EU publishes guidelines on protecting free expression abroad

EU publishes guidelines on protecting free expression abroad

Posted: Tue, 20 May 2014 13:44

The Council of the European Union has adopted human rights guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline.

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.

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'.

NSS tells EU presidents that secularism should be “at the heart of the European project”

NSS tells EU presidents that secularism should be “at the heart of the European project”

Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:24

The National Secular Society was represented again at the annual luncheon designed to consult "non-confessional" organisations given by the three presidents of the EU .

Suggestion that France replace Christian holidays with Jewish and Muslim ones doesn’t go down well

Suggestion that France replace Christian holidays with Jewish and Muslim ones doesn’t go down well

Posted: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:00

An appointee to the French Government's National Observatory on Secularism has sparked controversy by suggesting that two Christian holidays should be replaced on the calendar by the Jewish Yom Kippur and the Muslim festival of Eid.

Swiss canton to vote on banning face coverings

Swiss canton to vote on banning face coverings

Posted: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:43

The people of the Swiss canton of Ticino, which lies in the South on the Italian border, are to vote in a referendum on Sunday on whether to ban face coverings.

Belgium: State funding to be withdrawn from religious schools that fail to teach mandatory curriculum

Belgium: State funding to be withdrawn from religious schools that fail to teach mandatory curriculum

Posted: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:31

New Belgian regulations that compel religious schools to teach the country's mandatory curriculum in full have been criticised by ultra-Orthodox Charedi Jews.

Switzerland wants a secular national anthem

Switzerland wants a secular national anthem

Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:02

Switzerland wants to get rid of its old-fashioned "hymn-like" national anthem and replace it with a modern, secular version.

Catalonia plans to ban the burka

Catalonia plans to ban the burka

Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 13:19

The Catalan Government has announced that it will control the wearing of burkas and other face-coverings such as helmets and masks in public spaces "for reasons of public safety".

EU adopts guidelines on freedom of religion or belief

EU adopts guidelines on freedom of religion or belief

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:53

This week, the EU Council of Foreign Affairs adopted a report offering guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief, with the aim of promoting the fundamental human right to freedom of religion or belief in countries beyond EU borders.