Humanists condemn extreme new capital punishment regime in Brunei

Humanist Society Scotland have joined Humanist groups around the world in condemning Brunei’s new penal code which introduces death by stoning for a number of ‘crimes’. The controversial law includes capital punishment for sex between men, adultery and blasphemy. In…

New Zealand scraps Blasphemy Law, Scotland still waiting

The New Zealand Parliament have passed a Bill which removes Blasphemy as a criminal offence. Congratulations to our friends, Humanist NZ, who had campaigned to remove the outdated law. The repeal bill, sponsored by New Zealand’s Minister of Justice Andrew…

Hate Crime Consultation “missed opportunity” say Humanists

The Scottish Government have launched a consultation on reviewing Scotland’s Hate Crime Laws. Humanist Society Scotland made representations on a number of issues and had raised the prospect of using the legislation to scrap Scotland’s outdated Blasphemy law as part…

Irish scrap blasphemy laws- Calls for Scotland to follow

Votes in Ireland supported scrapping the countries constitutional restriction on Blasphemy. Humanists say Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf should follow suit by scrapping Scotland’s outdated Blasphemy offence Voters in Ireland have removed the countries blasphemy law in a referendum. This leaves…

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MSP raises Humanist campaign in Parliamentary debate

Humanist Society Scotland has welcomed MSP support for its Scrap Blasphemy Law Campaign. On the 7th June, MSPs debated the findings of the Lord Bracadale review of Hate Crime Legislation. SNP MSP Ivan McKee raised the issue of Humanist Society…

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Society Scotland and International Humanist and Ethical Union was made at the Scottish Parliament to scrap Scotland’s outdated Blasphemy law.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…

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…

MSPs consider petition on Blasphemy Laws

Humanist Society Scotland have supported a petition being considered by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament’s petitions committee calling for the country’s Blasphemy laws to be scrapped. In written evidence to the committee the society have highlighted other countries across Europe…

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