In this blog you'll find details of our past events, as well as other information about what Plymouth Humanists get up to

Tackling Witch Persecution Amid COVID19 Pandemic in Africa


By Leo Igwe


The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AFAW) was launched in January 2020 to eradicate witch persecution and make witch-hunting history in Africa by 2030. To realize this objective, a critical mass of advocates against abuses linked to witchcraft beliefs is needed in all African countries. In this 21st century, Africa is the global hotspot for witchcraft allegation and accounts for most cases witch persecution and killing in the world. Abuses that are related to witchcraft beliefs persist in Africa partly due to lackluster initiatives that African NGOs have put in place in collaboration with their international partners. To end the persecution of alleged witches in Africa, NGOs need to review their strategies and approaches.

AGM 2020

Our 2020 AGM was on Saturday 11th June, over Zoom. Numbers atending were limited, but we got through all the business we needed to. We're pleased to announce that all committee members, including Jessica as Chair, will be continuing for another year.

Online Events

You won't be surprised to hear that we will be continuing to hold events online for the foreseeable future.  There are a number of talks lined up, and Coffee Mornings and Book clubs will also carry on.  Keep an eye on the events tab or our Facebook Group and page for more details, as they become available.

Ethical Culture

James Croft, the Leader of the Ethical Society of St. Louis, joined us in June over Zoom to talk about the history and modern relevance of the Ethical Culture movement, and how this unique religious and philosophical movement shaped the history of organized Humanism in the UK. James is an excellent speaker and the subject is fascinating, but you don't have to take our word for that - the talk is available to view on our YouTube Channel here


Persecution of Humanists in Nigeria - Dr Leo Igwe on the case of Mubarak Bala

Our second online talk of 2020 was a much more international affair. Dr Leo Igwe spoke to us at the beginning of June from Nigeria about the persecution of Humanists in his country, and in particular about the case of Mubarak Bala, president of the Nigerian Humanist Association, arrested over allegations that he insulted the Prophet Muhammad on social media.