Consultation Responses

A significant part of our output, which often receives less attention, is our submissions to Government or international bodies' consultations. A selection of these submissions can be found below.

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Tue, 31 May 2022

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities held a consultation on social cohesion and resilience. They sought views on the experience of victims of extremism, protecting social cohesion, and strengthening resilience against extremist and other harmful divisive activities.

We responded giving examples of religious extremism and its threat to social cohesion.

Tue, 24 May 2022

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) consulted on updates to its legal guidance on domestic abuse to assist prosecutors ensure the delivery of justice for victims.

We responded welcoming the inclusion of religious courts in the guidance, but warned that elsewhere, the guidance risks absolving religious organisations of contributions to domestic abuse.

Proposed closure of Abram Bryn Gates Primary School - NSS response
Mon, 11 Apr 2022

The closure of a non-faith school in Wigan would further reduce the already limited options for secular education. Our response argues that this would be unfair and discriminatory, and may breech the Council's duty to provide adequate school places.

Mon, 04 Apr 2022

Press regulator IMPRESS is consulting on revisions to its standards code, which aims to protect the public from "unethical news reporting". All IMPRESS members must adhere to the code.

We've warned the code may restrict free speech and distort reporting through pro-religion bias.

UPR Submission on the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 41st session (November 2022)
Wed, 30 Mar 2022

The United Kingdom's last recent periodic review in 2020 by the UNCRC exposed some significant variances between legislation and Government policy, and the UK's Convention obligations. We therefore recommend that the UNHRC's universal periodic review should take note of these variances.

Mon, 21 Mar 2022

The Department of Justice is consulting on a new Hate Crime Bill which would reform Northern Ireland's hate crime laws.

We've expressed concerns regarding freedom of speech, suggested other strategies for tackling hate, and said the consultation is a missed opportunity to repeal NI's blasphemy laws.

NI hate crime bill (PDF, 335 Kb)
Tue, 08 Mar 2022

The Ministry of Justice consulted on reforming the Human Rights Act 1998.

The NSS responded saying that any reform of the Human Rights Act should not dilute freedom of religion or belief in the UK, or negatively affect the implementation of the Article 9 right to freedom of religion, thought and conscience.

We also urged the government to ensure that any proposed bill of rights includes robust protections for freedom of expression, and said the right to judicial review is a vital mechanism for holding public authorities to account.

Tue, 01 Mar 2022

A Call for Views has been by the Northern Ireland Executive Office launched to inform the development of two new strategies:

(i) a Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy, led jointly by the Department of Health and the Department of Justice; and

(ii) an Equally Safe Strategy (a Strategy to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls) led by the Executive Office.

In our response, we outlined the specific issues where religious imposition has played a role in abuse and violence against women and girls.

Tue, 08 Feb 2022

We submitted evidence to the independent review, calling for comprehensive reform of the existing system, without fear or favour to existing interests. Our submission focused on issues of religious privilege, discrimination and control in the current system, as well as the barriers to, and potential for, a more inclusive alternative.

Tue, 08 Feb 2022

We submitted evidence to the independent review, calling for comprehensive reform of the existing system, without fear or favour to existing interests. Our submission focused on issues of religious privilege, discrimination and control in the current system, as well as the barriers to, and potential for, a more inclusive alternative.

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