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Accessing the child database: Asking for trouble?
Child database closed

By politics.co.uk staff Activists are counting down until noon today, when the child database Contactpoint is closed. The controversial database, which was designed to protect children but resulted in accusations of privacy abuse, will be closed for two months before it is destroyed. The coalition government appears to have given a sympathetic hearing to the… Read more »

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Austria’s top court decriminalises assisted dying

Helping ‘seriously ill’ people to end their lives will no longer be a criminal offence in Austria, following a judgment from the country’s top court. Humanists UK, which campaigns for legal assisted dying across the UK, has welcomed the move as a victory for reason, compassion, and empathy. News of the decision comes just weeks after… Read more »

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Northern Ireland Government proposes opt-out organ donation

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has proposed introducing an opt-out system for organ donation, where a person is presumed to have consented to donate their organs after death unless they have specifically opted out. Northern Ireland Humanists has welcomed the move, and has called on the public to support the plans. Moving to an… Read more »

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Hollobone told the Independent he would refuse to meet constituents who did not remove their burkha
Liberty threaten burkha MP with court fight

By Ian Dunt Liberty has promised to take the Tory MP who refused to meet constituents wearing a burkha to court if he acts on his remarks. Philip Hollobone, who currently has a private members bill going through parliament on banning the burkha, said he would refuse to meet with any of his Kettering constituents… Read more »