The Palazzo del Sant'Uffizio (seat of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) in Vatican City. A front view showing the yellow stuccoed and stone facade and ornate neoclassical entrance.

New Vatican document compares assisted dying and abortion to genocide

April 15, 2024

A new publication from the Vatican, on the theme of “human dignity,” places assisted dying and abortion alongside genocide and murder as examples of “offences against life.” It also condemns gender-affirming care and surrogate motherhood. According to an article in…

New Vatican document compares assisted dying and abortion to genocide
Two police cars parked outside a street in a Scottish city.

Stirring up a storm in a teacup: Police Scotland only investigate nine “stirring up” incidents after first week of hate crime law

April 10, 2024

The introduction of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act has seen cynical attempts to stoke fears that our freedom of speech is being eroded. But as our CEO Fraser Sutherland writes, police statistics show this is a huge…

Stirring up a storm in a teacup: Police Scotland only investigate nine “stirring up” incidents after first week of hate crime law
Liam McArthur surrounded by a scrum of journalists in Holyrood as he launches his assisted dying bill for Scotland.

Disinformation campaign against assisted dying begins

April 8, 2024

We pick over some examples of highly inaccurate reporting on Liam McArthur MSP’s assisted dying bill hosted by conservative Christian organisations. They give a taste of what is to come. With Liam McArthur’s Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland)…

Disinformation campaign against assisted dying begins
View of the debating chamber at Holyrood, with concentric rings of lecterns around a speaker's podium

Hate crime and freedom of speech: Why are the Scottish government and police ignoring our advice on the Rabat Plan?

April 3, 2024

Our CEO discusses the febrile debate surrounding the implementation of the Hate Crime Act, and proposes a way forward that will uphold both human rights and freedom of speech: the high-threshold Rabat Plan for determining hate crimes. This week saw…

Hate crime and freedom of speech: Why are the Scottish government and police ignoring our advice on the Rabat Plan?
A large crowd at an LGBT+ pride rally somewhere in the UK, with flags waving above the throng of people.

We submit our views to conversion practices consultation

April 2, 2024

This week we submitted our views to a Scottish government consultation on proposals to end conversion practices in Scotland. If passed, a new law could outlaw conversion practices of all kinds, and also create better support systems for victims. Our…

We submit our views to conversion practices consultation
Fraser Sutherland, CEO of Humanist Society Scotland, addresses a crowd in a blue suit infront of an HSS banner.

Humanist Society Scotland in the media on assisted dying

March 28, 2024

With Liam McArthur MSP’s assisted dying bill lodged at Holyrood and published on 28 March, we’ve been having our say in the media on what a new law could mean for Scotland. We believe an assisted dying law for the…

Humanist Society Scotland in the media on assisted dying
A group of people standing in Scottish parliament in front of a banner reading "78% of Scots support assisted dying." Each holds a copy of Liam McArthur's bill. L-R Julie Laing from Friends at the End, Alyson Thomson from Dignity in Dying, Liam McArthur MSP, Emma Cooper from Friends at the End, and Fraser Sutherland, CEO of Humanist Society Scotland..

Assisted dying bill for Scotland published

Liam McArthur MSP’s Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill has been lodged at Scottish Parliament and published on 28 March 2024. Humanist Society Scotland is delighted to note the beginning of the bill’s passage through Holyrood. Assisted dying…

Assisted dying bill for Scotland published
Ugla sits on rainbow coloured steps. They have brown wavy hair, a maroon jacket and black jeans and rest their hands on their knees.

Humanist Society interview series: Icelandic feminist and trans activist Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir

March 26, 2024

We spoke to Ugla, a writer and feminist and trans campaigner, about fighting for LGBT+ rights in their native Iceland, including recent successes on ending conversion practices and gender recognition reform. We’re entering a crucial period in the fight for…

Humanist Society interview series: Icelandic feminist and trans activist Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir
Black and white portrait headshot of Amanda, who has long brown hair and smiles at the camera.

Humanist Society interview series: Dr. Amanda Ward on misconceptions about assisted dying

March 25, 2024

Humanist Society is a passionate supporter of assisted dying, which brings choice, compassion and autonomy at the end of life. Liam McArthur MSP’s Assisted Dying Bill will begin its passage through Scottish parliament very soon. This could make assisted dying…

Humanist Society interview series: Dr. Amanda Ward on misconceptions about assisted dying
A long line of people against a wire fence. Some hold candles. The fence is covered in placards which are mostly not legible but some of which read "Rights for Women" and similar. The photo is taken from across the road.

Huge anti-abortion protest marks final day of Lent, encouraged by Paisley Diocese

Around 100 anti-abortion protestors stood outside the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on Sunday, holding placards and leaflets opposing abortion and offering ‘support’ to service users. In the days leading up to the event, the Paisley Diocese of the…

Huge anti-abortion protest marks final day of Lent, encouraged by Paisley Diocese
Portrait shot of Erin Lux. The square image shows Erin wearing a blue top with thin yellow stripes and glasses. She has medium length curly brown hair and smiles at the camera. There is a grey brick wall behind her.

Humanist Society interview series: Erin Lux of Equality Network on conversion practices

March 18, 2024

We’re going to be making lots of noise this year about the need to end conversion practices in Scotland. These abusive acts continue to be forced on too many of our LGBT+ citizens. To find out more, we spoke to…

Humanist Society interview series: Erin Lux of Equality Network on conversion practices