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  • 2 Dec 2016

    More than 200 civil society groups from around the world have urged the UN General Assembly to take action regarding the war in Syria.

  • 2 Dec 2016

    This Christmas time, a new Nativity video is imagining the welcome Mary and Joseph would receive if they arrived in the UK seeking asylum. As children across the country participate in their own retelling of the Christmas story, the video uses child actors to play the holy couple negotiating the harsh realities facing those seeking refuge on our shores.

  • 1 Dec 2016

    Religious leaders are getting tested for HIV in hopes of inspiring others across the world to seek testing, too. Increasing the number of people receiving HIV testing is vitally important in the effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

  • 1 Dec 2016

    Michael Pryke, aged 17 from Stamford in Lincolnshire, has been announced as the Methodist Youth President Designate. He was elected at this year's 3Generate event for young Methodists that took place over the weekend of the 25 and 27 November.

  • 1 Dec 2016

    The director of the CIA, John Brennan, has warned President-elect Donald Trump against resuming the use of torture.

  • 30 Nov 2016

    The independent Joseph Rowntree Trust has responded to today's report on sanctions by the National Audit Office.

  • 30 Nov 2016

    The Department for Work and Pensions  is not doing enough to find out how sanctions affect people on benefits, according to today’s report from the National Audit Office .

  • 30 Nov 2016

    The UN has warned mass starvation in Aleppo is a real prospect if aid is not allowed in. As the city comes under further bombardment and food is about to run out, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and Hindu faith leaders have called on the UK Government to act.

  • 30 Nov 2016

    The world's most popular household companies are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil tainted by appalling human rights abuses in Indonesia, with children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions, Amnesty International said in a new report published today (30 November 2016 ).

  • 29 Nov 2016

    The actions of our government and the rhetoric of many politicians seem to become harsher by the day.

  • 29 Nov 2016

    Actors including David Tennant, David Morrissey, Tobias Menzies and Olivia Colman have voiced a collection of ‘last words’ from prisoners facing the death penalty and other abuses around the world.

  • 29 Nov 2016

    As the number of children living under siege has doubled in less than one year to nearly 500,000 amid escalating violence across Syria, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called forthe  lifting of sieges and allowing of immediate humanitarian access.

  • 28 Nov 2016

    Trade unions across Europe have called on employers to work with them to halt domestic violence, at a conference to mark the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

  • 28 Nov 2016

    While meeting in Nanjing and Shanghai, China, from 17-23 November 2016 , the World Council of Churches executive committee issued a Statement on Climate Justice that reiterates the urgent concerns of churches in relation to climate change, and calls on all states to fulfill the commitments of the Paris Agreement.

  • 28 Nov 2016

    More than 100 people have lost their lives through suicide in prisons in England and Wales so far this year, an all-time record, it is revealed today (28 November 2016 ) as two charities publish new research on how to make jails safer.