Scottish Blasphemy Law Repealed Following Humanist Campaign

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…

Humanists raise concern about blasphemy-accused persecution

Humanist Society Scotland has raised the concern regarding the case of Professor Jama Ahmed to the Scottish Government. This comes as Humanists International launched a campaign to bring attention to the Somali human rights defender’s plight. Humanist Society Scotland has…

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 Congratulations to our friends, Humanist NZ, who had campaigned to remove the outdated law.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made representations on a number of issues and had raised the prospect of using the legislation to scrap Scotland’s outdated Blasphemy law as part…

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