Archive: Discrimination

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Caste discrimination: Why won't the government legislate?

Years after the Equalities Act, government indecision has left one last form of discrimination off the statute book.

Opinion Former Articles

  • BHA: New report shows global discrimination against humanists, atheists and the non-religious

    A report published today by the International Humanist Ethical Union (IHEU) to coincide with the UN Human Rights Day is the first to systematically highlight the limitations on freedom of thought for the non-religious in over 60 countries across the world. The report ‘Freedom of Thought 2012: A Global Report on Discrimination Against Humanists, Atheists and the Non-religious’ focuses on current laws in a range of nations that discriminate against people on the basis of their atheism, humanism or other non-religious beliefs and limit their freedom of expression. It also documents recent cases that show the impact of these laws on specific individuals. The British Humanist Association (BHA), which contributed to the document, has welcomed the landmark report, as has the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief.

  • European Court of Justice issues ruling on employees wearing religious clothing

    The British Humanist Association has emphasised the need for freedom of expression albeit whilst balancing it with the rights of others

  • Northern Ireland’s Catholic schools call for end to faith-based school employment laws

    The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS), the representative body representing state funded Catholic schools in Northern Ireland, has called for an end to laws which allow state schools to religiously discriminate in employment. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has welcomed the call, which puts the body in stark contrast to the Catholic Education Service for England and Wales (CESEW) and the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES).

  • London Oratory School admissions policy found to be both racially and socio economically discriminatory

    In a landmark ruling, the OSA has found the 2014 and 2015 admissions policies of the London Oratory School to be discriminatory on the basis of ethnicity and socio-economic background.

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