Tags: Freedom of religion or belief

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Fiona Bruce MP

NSS urges even-handed approach to freedom of religion or belief

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 »

Freedom of Thought Report 2020

Pandemic harming freedom from religion in many countries, says report

Posted: Fri, 11 Dec 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has undermined the rights of people who reject religious norms in many countries, according to the latest Freedom of Thought Report from Humanists International.

This year's edition of the report, an annual assessment on the rights of... Read More »

Apostasy Day

First ‘Apostasy Day’ defends the right to leave religion

Posted: Fri, 28 Aug 2020

An international coalition of ex-Muslim organisations has marked the first Apostasy Day, in defence of the right to renounce or change religion and of freedom of thought, conscience and belief.

Twenty-four ex-Muslim groups organised the day on Saturday 22 August,... Read More »

Uighur Muslims bussed across China

Parliament set to debate China’s persecution of Uighur Muslims

Posted: Wed, 22 Jul 2020

Parliament is expected to debate China's persecution of Uighur Muslims after more than 100,000 people signed a petition demanding action on the issue.

The petition, which has amassed 125,000 signatures at the time of writing, calls on the government to impose... Read More »

European Court of Human Rights

Mandatory declaration of religion breaches human rights, says NSS

Posted: Fri, 26 Jun 2020

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 »

Richard Scorer at IICSA

End religious groups’ self-regulation on safeguarding, inquiry told

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 »

Secularism dictionary

Secularism linked to prosperity and better education, study finds

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 »

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NSS asks Home Office to review use of ‘faith tests’ in asylum cases

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 »

Employment tribunal

Jewish nursery which sacked cohabiting woman partially wins appeal

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 »

Dr Ahmed Shaheed

Experts: persecuted Christians review should have broader focus

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 »

NSS launches podcast series exploring religious freedom

NSS launches podcast series exploring religious freedom

Posted: Wed, 30 Jan 2019

The National Secular Society is releasing a series of podcasts featuring interviews with leading activists and experts on secularism and religious freedom ahead of its Secularism 2019 conference.

Episode 1 featured National Secular Society CEO Stephen Evans... Read More »

Brian Earp

Medical ethicist Brian Earp to speak at Secularism 2019

Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2019

The National Secular Society is pleased to announce that cross-disciplinary medical ethicist Dr Brian D. Earp will address its Secularism 2019 conference on 'reclaiming religious freedom'.

Dr Earp, a research fellow at the University of Oxford and Yale University,... Read More »

Saudi Arabia is worst country to be an atheist, report says

Saudi Arabia is worst country to be an atheist, report says

Posted: Mon, 29 Oct 2018

Saudi Arabia has been named the worst country in the world to be an atheist in a new report monitoring the rights and treatment of the non-religious.

On Monday the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) published the latest Freedom of Thought Report... Read More »

Australian ‘religious freedom’ review prompts discrimination row

Australian ‘religious freedom’ review prompts discrimination row

Posted: Fri, 19 Oct 2018

The Australian government looks set to allow religious schools that receive public funds to dismiss teachers for their sexuality nationwide after leaks from an official review of 'religious freedom' emerged.

Last week leaks revealed that the Ruddock review... Read More »

Restrictions on religion increasing globally, says Pew report

Restrictions on religion increasing globally, says Pew report

Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2018

More than four in ten countries had "high" or "very high" levels of restrictions on religion in 2016, according to a newly-published report from the Pew Research Centre.

Pew found that 83 out of 198 countries it studied (42%) had high or very high levels of... Read More »

NSS criticises Chinese crackdown on religious freedom

NSS criticises Chinese crackdown on religious freedom

Posted: Thu, 31 Aug 2017

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 »

Foreign Office urges Russia to uphold human rights after Jehovah’s Witnesses ruling

Foreign Office urges Russia to uphold human rights after Jehovah’s Witnesses ruling

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 »

Freedom of Thought report highlights the right to freedom from religion

Freedom of Thought report highlights the right to freedom from religion

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 »

Christian bakers in gay campaign cake row could face legal action

Christian bakers in gay campaign cake row could face legal action

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 »

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