NSS calls on European leaders to robustly promote the “democratic value” of separation of religion and state
Posted: Mon, 19 Jun 2017
The National Secular Society today called on EU presidents to promote "democratic values", warning that past assumptions about the place of religion in politics and modern society being settled may no longer apply.
Posted: Thu, 16 Jun 2016
The European Commission has called for inclusive education to help tackle radicalisation across the continent.
Posted: Thu, 02 Jun 2016
Tech companies including Facebook and Twitter have signed up to a new European Commission plan designed to clampdown on online "hate speech."
Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2015
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.
Posted: Thu, 08 Oct 2015
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
Posted: Fri, 02 Oct 2015
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.
Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2015
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.
Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015
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.
Posted: Thu, 26 Feb 2015
The National Secular Society has raised concerns about the limits imposed on free speech by unofficial blasphemy laws enforced by the threat of violence.
Head of Russian Orthodox Church says secularization in Europe has reached “apocalyptic dimensions,” calls for “Christian values”
Posted: Tue, 25 Nov 2014
Patriarch Kirill said Europe has abandoned its "Christian identity" and that the "process of secularization" has reached "apocalyptic dimensions".
Posted: Fri, 31 Oct 2014
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.
Posted: Thu, 23 Oct 2014
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.
Posted: Tue, 20 May 2014
The Council of the European Union has adopted human rights guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline.
Posted: Fri, 28 Feb 2014
The European Parliament has passed a resolution that calls on the EU to better respect and enforce fundamental rights and European values; values which include secularism, freedom of belief, freedom of expression and the right to die with dignity.
Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013
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.
Posted: Mon, 18 Nov 2013
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'.
Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2013
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 .
Posted: Fri, 27 Sep 2013
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.
Posted: Fri, 20 Sep 2013
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
Posted: Thu, 15 Aug 2013
New Belgian regulations that compel religious schools to teach the country's mandatory curriculum in full have been criticised by ultra-Orthodox Charedi Jews.