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Covid-19 has led to global humanist crackdown

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to many countries cracking down on humanists’ freedom of thought and expression, with some countries blaming the non-religious for the pandemic, while the restrictions imposed by many others have left closeted humanists trapped with their hostile families. Those are the findings of this year’s Freedom of Thought Report, published today… Read more »

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Academics warn against attempts to change the focus on law and order
Ministers ‘forgetting rational debate’ in law and order

The government is in danger of acting uncritically on public fears about law and order, a leading criminologist has warned. Ian Loader, professor of criminology at Oxford university, says ministers appear to have lost confidence in their ability to “engage in a dialogue” with people on the controversial issues of immigration, prisons and sex offenders…. Read more »

Vera Baird withdraws criticism of judges
Minister withdraws criticism of judges

A junior minister was forced to apologise to the lord chancellor last night for criticising judges over sentencing policy. Constitutional affairs minister Vera Baird said a judge who handed out a five-year minimum sentence for sexually assaulting a three-year-old had “got the formula wrong”. Her comment reflect a statement by home secretary John Reid that… Read more »