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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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We tell UN human rights committee that compulsory religious observance in Scottish schools must end

February 19, 2024

We called for pupils in Scotland’s schools to be able to withdraw themselves from religious observance in contributions to two reports submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee. We stated that compulsory religious observance undermines children’s right to freedom of…

We tell UN human rights committee that compulsory religious observance in Scottish schools must end
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We comment on Humza Yousaf’s relationship with evangelical businessman Brian Souter

February 14, 2024

We were delighted to contribute our thoughts and findings on Brian Souter’s charitable interests for a piece in The Guardian on Humza Yousaf’s renewed relationship with the businessman. Severin Carrell’s article of 14 February reveals that Souter has given £650,000…

We comment on Humza Yousaf’s relationship with evangelical businessman Brian Souter
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Humanist Society interview series: Alice Murray of Back Off Scotland on abortion clinic harassment

February 12, 2024

The season of Lent begins on 14 February this year. It’s a period of fasting and reflection for many of Scotland’s Christians. But for a minority it’s also a time to gather in large groups outside abortion clinics to harass…

Humanist Society interview series: Alice Murray of Back Off Scotland on abortion clinic harassment
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Humanist Society speaks out on Humza Yousaf’s invitation to Scotland for Recep Erdoğan

January 29, 2024

We made our views clear after a freedom of information release to The Herald revealed that first minister Humza Yousaf had invited Turkish President Recep Erdoğan on a diplomatic visit to Scotland. Turkey’s human rights record and previously well-regarded commitment…

Humanist Society speaks out on Humza Yousaf’s invitation to Scotland for Recep Erdoğan
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The year ahead for humanism in Scotland

January 16, 2024

2024 looks set to be a busy and perhaps defining year for the humanist movement in Scotland. Here’s a rundown of the issues we’ll be working on and the gains we hope to make, from assisted dying to reproductive rights….

The year ahead for humanism in Scotland
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The year in good news

December 18, 2023

The new year is approaching. And the world feels like a dark and scary place in lots of ways. So, to warm the cockles during the festive season, here’s an incomplete rundown of some good news for humanists across 2023,…

The year in good news