Consultation on opt-out on religious observance

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All young people in Scotland currently need parental permission to withdraw from religious activities in schools such as assemblies. The UN committee on the rights of the child recommended that laws requiring compulsory attendance at religious worship were scrapped.

At first, the Scottish Government ruled out a review of the policy so the Humanist Society of Scotland then took a legal challenge to the Court of Session, arguing that the government may have acted unlawfully by refusing to ensure their guidance remains in line with international human rights law.

Now, at the request of Scottish Ministers, the Court of Session has granted a motion to halt that judicial review action for three months whilst they undertake a consultation on the issue.

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