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Newsline 31 March 2017

The Government has launched the long-awaited consultation on caste discrimination this week. This is not a well-understood issue in the UK, but between 50 and 200,000 people are believed to be at risk of facing discrimination because of their perceived 'low caste' status.

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Caste discrimination: Fear of upsetting religious groups must not impede social justice

Caste discrimination: Fear of upsetting religious groups must not impede social justice

Opinion | Fri, 31 Mar 2017

Caste discrimination is the latest area where misplaced sensitivity could allow deference to religion to trump social justice, argues Stephen Evans.

"Secularism isn’t about the absence of religion, it’s about the structure of the state"

"Secularism isn’t about the absence of religion, it’s about the structure of the state"

Read an interview with our Secularist of the Year, Yasmin Rehman, on secularism and her work on issues as varied as combating violence against women, polygamy, ritual abuse, temporary marriage, and the persecution of religious minorities.

NSS Speaks Out

On Thursday campaigns officer Alastair Lichten appeared on South East Today to discuss what really happened in the case of Sarah Kuteh, the nurse some papers claim was 'sacked for offering to pray with patients'.

Executive director Keith Porteous Wood was quoted in The Hindu on caste discrimination. We were also quoted in Christian Today on politicians expressing their religious views, and in Conatus News on social media and blasphemy. The New Humanist interviewed our Secularist of the Year Yasmin Rehman (see above).

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