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  • 13 Dec 2016

    A nine-year prison sentence against the Bahraini opposition leader Sheikh 'Ali Salman was upheld yesterday by a Bahraini Appeal Court after a retrial, in another blow to freedom of expression in the country.

  • 12 Dec 2016

    Angie Zelter, the founder of Trident Ploughshares, is set to prosecute the government for conspiring to commit war crimes.

  • 12 Dec 2016

    Former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres is set to be sworn in today as the next United Nations Secretary-General, succeeding Ban Ki-moon who steps down at the end of the month.

  • 10 Dec 2016

    A letter asking the Prime Minister to abandon plans to scrap the Human Rights Act has been signed by 164 organisations

  • 9 Dec 2016

    The Foreign Secretary has been urged to use a visit to the Gulf today  to call for the release of juveniles and political dissidents sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

  • 9 Dec 2016

    The TUC has backed findings of a Joseph Rowntree Foundation report  which shows one in eight workers in the UK now live in poverty.

  • 9 Dec 2016

    Speaking in Bethlehem the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches has reflected on the light from the very first Christmas in the very same town, and what that light means in a global search for just peace. 

  • 8 Dec 2016

    The 30 most overcrowded prisons in England and Wales are twice as likely to be rated as failing by the prison service compared with prisons overall, a new analysis published with the latest annual edition of the Prison Reform Trust’s Bromley Briefings Prison Factfile, supported by the Bromley Trust, reveals.

  • 8 Dec 2016

    A new report from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) show that fromJuly 2016 up to early autumn, at least 87 people have been killed and more than 9,000 injured in clashes between Indian authorities and protesters across the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • 8 Dec 2016

    As a humanitarian catastrophe worsens by the day in East Aleppo with tens of thousands of people at risk of starvation in what the UN has described as a "kill zone", eight CEOs of leading humanitarian organisations have written to Theresa May to urge her to work with European partners and the G7 to take bold steps to protect Syria's civilians.

  • 7 Dec 2016

    Theresa May has apparently declined to raise the issue of the death penalty for juveniles and political protestors in Saudi Arabia, despite emphasising in a speech today that the UK is the Gulf’s “partner” in reform and of the “embedding” of international norms.

  • 7 Dec 2016

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin” wrote Charles Darwin. (Journal of Researches, 1836.)

  • 7 Dec 2016

    In a statement following Israeli authorities’ detention, interrogation and deportation of the World Council of Churches Associate General Secretary Prof Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri upon arrival in Tel Aviv, the WCC ”deeply regrets the Israeli antagonism against the WCC’s initiatives for peace with justice for both Palestinians and Israelis.”

  • 7 Dec 2016

    An annual state of the nation report, Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion, written for the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation by the New Policy Institute, has found that 13.5 million people, 21 per cent of the  2016, UK’s population, are living in poverty.

  • 6 Dec 2016

    Amnesty International has called on Northern Ireland's First Minister, Arlene Foster, to use her visit to China this week to raise concerns about human rights abuses in China – including the country's widespread jailing of lawyers and its extensive use of the death penalty.