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  • 11 Apr 2017

    Members of the Methodist Tax Justice Network and the Tax Justice Network  gathered outside the Embankment headquarters of PricewaterhouseCoopers on Wednesday 5 April 2017 to demonstrate in support of whistleblowers and against the actions of PwC, who have facilitated global tax avoidance, tried to prevent the release of information in the public interest and lobbied against necessary changes to international tax laws.

  • 10 Apr 2017

    The World Council of Churches has condemned the vicious attacks on innocent worshippers in St George (Mar Girgis) Coptic church in Tanta and in front of St Mark´s church in Alexandria, Egypt.

  • 10 Apr 2017

    Brendan Cox, husband of the murdered MP Jo Cox, has warned against normalising 'populism' as an accepted movement in modern politis..He said the dangerous rise of the far right can be stopped by Britain's communities standing together against hate.

  • 8 Apr 2017

    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged restraint to avoid any escalation of the situation in Syria, after the United States responded militarily to an alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this week.

  • 7 Apr 2017

    New opinion polling released today  by Opinium Research shows the majority of ethnic minority people in the UK (52 per cent) think the UK has become less tolerant since the Brexit vote.

  • 7 Apr 2017

    In the wake of the horrific chemical weapons attack in the Idlib Governance of Syria, World Council of Churches  General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, called for a cultural shift in the region as he expressed deep sympathy to the families of the victims.

  • 6 Apr 2017

    The independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation says reform of the benefit system is necessary and Universal Credit remains the right thing to do. But it warns in a new briefing that a number of crucial changes are needed to ensure the reform tackles poverty and boosts living standards for low income families.

  • 6 Apr 2017

    Briefing an emergency meeting of the Security Council yesterday, following the reports of alleged chemical weapons use in Khan Shaykhun, southern rural Idleb, Syria, a senior United Nations official for disarmament affairs said that while many details are not yet fully known, new information continues to come in on the incident.

  • 5 Apr 2017

    From tomorrow,, the Government's flagship benefit, Universal Credit, will not offer help to the third or subsequent children in a family. This fundamentally changes the benefit system so that it "deliberately ignores" the needs of some of the UK's more vulnerable children, say leaders of four UK churches.

  • 5 Apr 2017

    A recent legislative amendment requires activists and journalists reporting on government corruption in Ukraine to file public declarations of their personal assets, Human Rights Watch said today. The new requirement is vague and could be used to deter or punish investigative journalists and partners of anti-corruption nongovernmental groups for doing their job.

  • 5 Apr 2017

    A leading UK poverty charity ,Turn2us,  is highlighting how the move from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment  is leaving many people with a disability struggling to pay their basic living costs.

  • 4 Apr 2017

    The King of Bahrain ratified a constitutional amendment yesterday which paves the way for military trials of civilians, in yet another example of Bahrain's efforts to dismantle access to justice and fair trial, says Amnesty International.

  • 4 Apr 2017

    The Prime Minister  has been urged to use a trip to Saudi Arabia to press for the release of three juveniles who face beheading for allegedly attending protests.

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  • 3 Apr 2017

    Only one in 100 prisoners who made an allegation of discrimination against prison staff had their case upheld by the prison. By contrast, three in four staff (76 per cent) reports of alleged discrimination by a prisoner were upheld, an in-depth research report by the Zahid Mubarek Trust and the Prison Reform Trust reveals.