Posted: Tue, 08 Mar 2022
Careful balance between religious freedom and other rights must be kept if human rights law is reformed, the NSS has warned. Read More »
Posted: Mon, 21 Dec 2020
The National Secular Society has urged the UK's new envoy on freedom of religion or belief, Fiona Bruce, to take an even-handed rather than selective approach to promoting the principle.
Fiona Bruce was appointed as the prime minister's special envoy for freedom... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 11 Dec 2020
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The National Secular Society has challenged a requirement that parents in Greece must declare their religion on children's birth certificates in an intervention at the European Court of Human Rights.
In Papanikolaou v Greece, the ECHR is considering whether... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 17 Mar 2020
A lawyer representing child abuse victims has called for an end to religious groups' self-regulation on safeguarding at the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse.
Richard Scorer of Slater & Gordon – who is also a National Secular Society vice-president... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 12 Feb 2020
Secularism and tolerance of minorities and individual rights have made societies more prosperous, educated and democratic, according to a major scientific study.
Academics researching advances in wealth, health and democracy since the Enlightenment have found... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The National Secular Society has asked the Home Office to review its use of 'faith tests' in the handling of asylum applications amid concerns over a series of dubious refusals.
In a letter to the department the NSS said a recent high-profile case in which... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2019
The National Secular Society has said a ruling that a woman who was sacked for living with her boyfriend did not suffer religious discrimination "undermines freedom from religion".
The NSS has also warned that the ruling could have implications for teachers... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 11 Feb 2019
A United Nations special rapporteur has urged the government to take a broader view of religious freedom in response to a review focusing on Christian persecution.
In an open letter signatories including Dr Ahmed Shaheed, the UN's special rapporteur on freedom... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 30 Jan 2019
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The National Secular Society has joined Amnesty International in condemning the Chinese government's crackdown on religious freedom.
On Thursday Amnesty reported that the government is likely to implement a series of legal changes that will tighten its control... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 24 Apr 2017
The Foreign Office has condemned a decision by the Russian Supreme Court to label Jehovah's Witnesses "extremists."
Baroness Anelay, the foreign office minister with responsibility for human rights, said the judgement was alarming.
She said that the Russian... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 06 Dec 2016
The Freedom of Thought report highlights cases of individuals who have been targeted for expressing non-religious views, for 'blasphemy' or for promoting secularism.
The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), to which the National Secular Society... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 09 Jul 2014
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 for a customer.
Family-run Ashers Baking Company declined an order from a gay rights activist, Gareth Lee, who... Read More »