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2023 in campaigns

January 27, 2023

2023 looks set be a pivotal year for humanism in Scotland. We look forward to the passing of a law to protect women from harassment outside abortion clinics and we hope that new rules will follow to ensure dignity in…

2023 in campaigns
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Herald exposé of anti-abortion campaign in Scottish schools

December 19, 2022

An expose by The Herald newspaper uncovered how extensive access is given to anti-abortion group SPUC in Scottish schools.

Herald exposé of anti-abortion campaign in Scottish schools
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My Beliefs, My Choice

In Scotland children and young people have no right to opt themselves out of acts of religious observance at school. We call on the Scottish Government to make all religious observance in Scottish schools opt in.

My Beliefs, My Choice
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Fair School Votes

In Scotland the law requires that each council reserves three seats for local church leaders on their education committee. These seats are unelected and in most areas full voting rights are conferred on the seat holders. We think this is wrong.

Fair School Votes

Humanists call for bold action on children’s rights in Scotland

May 24, 2022

After John Swinney MSP made a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the future of the UNCRC bill and vowed to ‘bold’ on children’s rights in Scotland, Humanist Society Scotland have questioned why progress has been glacial on reforms highlighted to be needed by the committee.

Humanists call for bold action on children’s rights in Scotland
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We urge local councils to scrap church voting rights

May 11, 2022

We have written to all of Scotland’s local councils urging them to end voting rights for non-elected church representatives sitting on local education committees.

We urge local councils to scrap church voting rights

A letter from Scotland’s children and young people

April 29, 2022

Young Humanist Scotland Ambassadors sign joint letter to local council candidates ahead of the upcoming local elections that identifies six key areas of concern for Scotland’s children and young people.

A letter from Scotland’s children and young people

Non-religious people encouraged to ‘be honest’ about their beliefs in 2022 Census

March 9, 2022

New research carried out by YouGov published today by Humanist Society Scotland reveals how the 2022 Scottish census is potentially expected to show a vast decline in religious identity when compared to the 2011 census. The poll findings reveal how…

Non-religious people encouraged to ‘be honest’ about their beliefs in 2022 Census

New education resources for schools

March 6, 2020

Humanist Society Scotland has launched a new set of educational resources designed to match the Higher and National 5 RMPS curriculum. The resources cover a humanist approach to a number of moral and ethical questions including assisted dying, justice, relationships,…

New education resources for schools

Time to reflect on children’s freedom of belief in Schools

January 19, 2020

Humanist Society Scotland is calling on headteachers across the country to reflect on World Religion Day (19th January) as to how they meet their pupils’ UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) Article 14 rights. Article 14…

Time to reflect on children’s freedom of belief in Schools
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Edinburgh Council delays decision on religious votes over schools

August 22, 2019

Edinburgh Council was due to take the decision on whether to maintain the unique position of certain faith groups on how the city’s schools are run. However, after debate, the council decided to delay the decision until November. The failure…

Edinburgh Council delays decision on religious votes over schools