Parliamentary portraits of Kate Forbes, Humza Yousaf, and Ash Regan arranged from left to right.

We write to SNP leadership candidates to gauge support on key humanist causes

February 27, 2023

The following open letter was sent to all candidates for leadership of the Scottish National Party on 27 February 2023. We asked for assurances related to some of our key commitments this year: smooth implementation of assisted dying legislation; bringing…

We write to SNP leadership candidates to gauge support on key humanist causes

OMG you can’t write that!

September 15, 2022

Join us for an online event to marked Banned Book Week 2022 on Thursday 22nd September. Fraser Sutherland, Emma Wadsworth-Jones, Professor Maggie Kinloch, Terry Anderson, and Terry Greig will explore the topic of book banning, censorship and religion during the online talk, OMG you can’t write that!

OMG you can’t write that!

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
Mubarak Bala

2020 Scottish humanist of the year jailed for blasphemy

April 5, 2022

Humanist Society Scotland and humanists across the globe have reacted with dismay after Mubarak Bala was sentenced to 24 years in prison in relation to social media posts that were deemed to be “blasphemous”. Dr Leo Igwe, Board member of…

2020 Scottish humanist of the year jailed for blasphemy

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

Scottish blasphemy law repealed following humanist campaign

March 11, 2021

Today members of Scottish Parliament voted to pass the Hate Crimes and Public Order (Scotland) Act which (amongst other things) repeals Scotland’s common law offense of “blasphemy”.  Humanist Society Scotland has been at the forefront of the campaign to repeal…

Scottish blasphemy law repealed following humanist campaign

Humanists donates £1k to Bala appeal fund

March 3, 2021

Humanist Society Scotland donates £1000 to the #FreeMubarakBala legal defence fund on behalf of its members.

Humanists donates £1k to Bala appeal fund

Humanists welcome hate crime bill amendments

February 9, 2021

Humanist Society Scotland has welcomed amendments to the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill agreed by MSPs this morning. The amendments agreed today remove the specific sections in the draft bill that targeted theatres and owning ‘inflammatory material’. In…

Humanists welcome hate crime bill amendments
Mubarak Bala

Mubarak Bala wins Gordon Ross award for humanism 2020

January 8, 2021

This year the winner of the Gordon Ross Humanist of the Year award goes to Nigerian Human Rights Activist and President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, Mubarak Bala. Humanist Society Scotland’s annual award recognises individuals whose efforts to promote…

Mubarak Bala wins Gordon Ross award for humanism 2020

Humanists win key amendments in hate crime bill

November 25, 2020

Scottish Justice Minister Humza Yousaf announced that he will drop sections of the draft Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill that would have criminalised insulting religious beliefs under provisions aimed at stirring up hatred. The Bill will now protect…

Humanists win key amendments in hate crime bill