End Blasphemy Law Campaign at Scottish Parliament

A joint call by Humanist Society Scotland and International Humanist and Ethical Union was made at the Scottish Parliament to scrap Scotland’s outdated Blasphemy law. MSPs heard from campaigners from around the world including Gulalai Ismail from Pakistan who herself was threatened…

Scottish Government announce funding for child funerals

The Scottish Government have announced an agreement with local authorities that will mean across Scotland families will not be charged for burial and cremations of children. Humanist Society Scotland have welcomed the news as a fantastic step forward to better…

Seven new celebrants join Ceremonies team

Seven new celebrants have joined Humanist Society Scotland’s ceremonies team to deliver funerals and naming ceremonies. Lynsey Kidd, Director of Services at Humanist Society Scotland, said: “We are delighted to support seven of our members to become celebrants delivering funerals…

First non-religious pastoral support volunteers trained

We are delighted that Humanist Society volunteers are the first and only Pastoral Support Volunteers to be trained and accredited by the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network. Our volunteers will be providing pastoral care, including as Humanist Chaplains at a range…

Assisted Dying a “Human Right” MSPs told

The Equality and Human Rights Committee today heard evidence that the law against assisted dying in Scotland is a potential breach of Human Rights. Taking evidence on how the Scottish Parliament can better protect Human Rights, Humanist Society Scotland highlighted…

Scrapping Scotland’s Blasphemy Law becomes SNP policy

Humanist Society Scotland have welcomed news that SNP National Council have passed a motion calling on Scotland’s common law on blasphemy to be scrapped. The motion submitted by the SNP’s Leith Branch focused on how Blasphemy laws are used around…

UN Special Rapporteur criticises Blasphemy law

Ahmed Shahedd, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of Religion and Belief has called for the scrapping of blasphemy laws and states they are not compatible with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, signed by the UK…

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