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Newsline 10 June 2016

We've had very positive and welcome news this week from the UN, after the Committee on the Rights of the Child called on the UK government to abolish the archaic and unfair laws requiring collective worship in schools, to give pupils the right to withdraw themselves from religious worship held in schools, and to ensure that all schools provide pupils with full and comprehensive sex education.

We called on the United Nations to make these recommendations and we'll be campaigning to ensure that the Government acts upon them.

You can help us do this by joining the NSS today, or, if you are already a member, by giving a donation to our 150th anniversary fundraising appeal.

1200 cases of FGM reported in three months – but data “likely” to underestimate

1200 cases of FGM reported in three months – but data “likely” to underestimate

News | Thu, 09 Jun 2016

New data has shown a surge in reported cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in England, with over 1200 reports made in the first three months of 2016.

Religious belief is no barrier to criminality

Religious belief is no barrier to criminality

Opinion | Thu, 09 Jun 2016

A spate of media reports have suggested that criminals convicted of sex abuse feigned their religion. NSS Vice-President Alistair McBay argues that the media shouldn't seek to protect religion from criticism by misrepresenting these cases.

Fatalism in Bangladesh after attacks on secularists, freethinkers and religious minorities

Fatalism in Bangladesh after attacks on secularists, freethinkers and religious minorities

Many in Bangladesh continue to live in terror. Twenty-five associates of one victim, a gay rights activist, have taken refuge in safe houses provided by diplomatic missions. Several dozen bloggers have fled the country. Those who remain have grown fatalistic. The New York Times reports on the situation in Bangladesh.

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