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  • 25 Jan 2016

    Senior United Nations humanitarian officials have called on the authorities and various factions in war-torn Yemen to allow sustained access into the besieged central city of Taiz after seeing at first-hand the desperate state of its inhabitants.

  • 25 Jan 2016

    In the midst of World War I, as conscription came into force, Quakers worked with parliament to ensure men had the right to refuse to kill

  • 24 Jan 2016

    Survival International, the global organisation for the right of tribal people, said today (24 January) that a tribal community is being attacked by a large number of gunmen in southern Brazil.

  • 22 Jan 2016

    Hundreds of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, gang-rapes, sexual slavery, forced abortion, massive recruitment of child soldiers and indiscriminate attacks against civilians with entire villages burned down have been perpetrated by all in sides in South Sudan, says the UN.

  • 22 Jan 2016

    Tribal children in the African rainforests have been paid in glue to sniff, and alcohol, in return for menial work, a new report from Survival International report has revealed.

  • 22 Jan 2016

    The government must use the African Union summit which runs from 21-26 Juanuary in Addis Ababa to urge the release of a British man kidnapped to Ethiopia nearly two years ago, says the human rights organisation Reprieve.

  • 21 Jan 2016

    The armed men who carried out the deadly armed attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, north-western Pakistan, violated the central principle of international humanitarian law by deliberately targeting civilians in what appears to be a war crime, says Amnesty International.

  • 21 Jan 2016

    The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is to debate whether congregations should be allowed to consider calling a person in a same-sex marriage as a minister or deacon.

  • 21 Jan 2016

    Following the WCC/UNl conference on the refugee crisis in Europe at the Ecumenical Centre Geneva on 18-19 January, a statement has been issued entitled "Europe’s Response to the Refuge Crisis, From Origin to Transit, Reception and Refuge, A Call for Shared Responsibility and Coordinated Action”.

  • 20 Jan 2016

    A High-Level Conference of governments, United Nations agencies and civil society organisations in Geneva, including churches and faith-based organisations, has underlined the need for urgent action to strengthen coordination and cooperation in Europe's response to the refugee and migrant crisis.

  • 20 Jan 2016

    Despite falling unemployment in some developed economies, the global jobs crisis is likely to continue for at least the next two years, especially in emerging economies, topping 200 million by 2017, the United Nations labour agency has warned, calling for urgent steps to boost jobs.

  • 20 Jan 2016

    The power to stop, search, detain, question and seize documents from anyone travelling through a UK airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 is incompatible with Article 10 of the Human Rights Act, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday (19 January).

  • 20 Jan 2016

    The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) have invited Lutheran churches and Catholic bishops’ conferences across the world to make use of a jointly-developed Common Prayer to prepare commemorations for the 500 years of the Reformation in 2017.

  • 19 Jan 2016

    First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon will address a major anti-nuclear weapons demo in central London next month alongside trades union and party leaders.

  • 19 Jan 2016

    As politicians and business leaders prepare to gather in Davos next week (20-23 January) for the World Economic Forum, Christian Aid questions whether Switzerland’s role as a haven for “dirty” money from poor countries makes it an appropriate host country.