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
A view of the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Circular rows of desks are arranged on the floor but most of the picture is taken up by the ceiling artwork, a textured sculpture in a blue, green, orange, and yellow colour wash with stalactite like formations handing down from it.

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
Brian Souter gesticulates with his arms as he speaks. He is wearing a blue suit with a stagecoach logo and has short brown hair, balding on top.

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
A black and white photo of seven women in academic gowns and mortarboards posing on the steps of a building.

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, here’s to the Edinburgh Seven

February 11, 2024

We explore the lives of seven pioneering medical students who shaped the course of scientific history and women’s rights. International Day of Women and Girls in Science is about recognising the achievements of women and girls across all fields of…

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, here’s to the Edinburgh Seven
Recep Erdogan speaks into a microphone at a press event infront of a blue backdrop with large white text on it (illegible). He has short greying black hair swept to one side and a moustache. He wears a blue suit and tie.

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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Humanist Society calls for ceasefire in Gaza

November 16, 2023

Humanist Society Scotland is adding its voice to the growing international chorus calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Yesterday, UK MPs rejected a motion calling for a ceasefire, while the UN passed a vote in favour of “urgent,…

Humanist Society calls for ceasefire in Gaza
The palace of Westminster, with its intricately wrought towers and spires, viewed from the ground close by.

Humanist Society condemns UK government response to supreme court ruling on Rwanda

Humanist Society Scotland condemns the UK Government’s response to a supreme court ruling on 15 November which found that its plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda was unlawful. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak indicated on 15 November that he…

Humanist Society condemns UK government response to supreme court ruling on Rwanda
A dancing blue figure, the Humanist Society Scotland logo graphic.

A statement from Humanist Society Scotland on the current situation in Palestine and Israel

October 18, 2023

The humanist community in Scotland is in mourning for the innocent lives lost in Israel and Palestine due to the renewal of hostilities in the region and their escalation to a level not seen for decades. We oppose all attempts…

A statement from Humanist Society Scotland on the current situation in Palestine and Israel
Fraser in conversation with Wonderful from Humanists Malawi. Wonderful has his arms folded and makes a point with his right hand. He has short black hair and glasses and wears a black jacket. Fraser listens and looks at Wonderful. He has glasses and short brown hair and wears a blue suit with pale blue shirt and no tie.

Building bridges, building democracies: a report from the World Humanist Congress 2023

August 23, 2023

At the start of August, over 400 delegates from humanist organisations around the world took part in the World Humanist Congress in Copenhagen, the first congress since 2014. In all, 43 countries were represented at the three-day event. Humanist Society…

Building bridges, building democracies: a report from the World Humanist Congress 2023
Fraser Sutherland stands at a lectern addressing a room of people, some of whom are visible behind him, as the crowd spreads in a circle round the speaker's stand. He wears a blue suit and red tie and has short brown hair.

On World Humanist Day 2023, we have more to fight for than ever

June 21, 2023

For this year’s World Humanist Day, we were proud to offer financial and practical support to a range of activities all over Scotland. All the events tied in with themes humanists care about, such as ecology, empathy with minoritised communities,…

On World Humanist Day 2023, we have more to fight for than ever

We condemn murder of Bangladeshi atheist student

April 7, 2016

28-year-old atheist student, Nazimuddin Samad, killed in Bangladesh last night by suspected Islamist militant This is the latest in a sustained campaign of violence against atheists  HSS Chief Executive has condemned the actions, and the lack of action by the Bangladesh…

We condemn murder of Bangladeshi atheist student