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  • 11 Feb 2017

    In a joint letter to the Home Secretary, leaders and representatives of five Churches have expressed their concern at the Government’s announcement that it intends to suspend the programme for the safe re-settlement of unaccompanied minors seeking refuge in the United Kingdom.

  • 10 Feb 2017

    The Dubs amendment was passed in May 2016 at the height of the European refugee crisis and was supposed to ensure that 3,000 lone children were given protection in the UK. The Government has announced the scheme will close after only relocating 350 children.

  • 10 Feb 2017

    The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has voiced concern about an escalation in the fighting between Government and opposition forces in the west bank of the River Nile in the African country's north.

  • 10 Feb 2017

    The Government has announced it will close a special scheme to relocate vulnerable unaccompanied children from other European countries to the UK.

  • 9 Feb 2017

    The Church of South India (CSI), Green Anglicans and other groups are sharing creative ways to observe a 'carbon fast' during the Lenten season.

  • 9 Feb 2017

    CND has published a new report which examines the security implications of Trident, Britain's nuclear weapons system.

  • 8 Feb 2017

    Tribal villagers have made a desperate plea to be allowed to stay on their ancestral land in central India – a region which inspired Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book – in the face of threats from the local forest department to illegally evict them.

  • 8 Feb 2017

    Christian Aid has urged Theresa May to use the "full weight" of her government’s influence to persuade the UK’s Overseas Territories to end the secrecy around the ownership of companies hosted on their shores.

  • 8 Feb 2017

    A senior Parliamentary Committee has heavily criticised the Government for failing to allow public scrutiny of a new £1 billion fund used for UK security assistance overseas.

  • 7 Feb 2017

    The number of people in insecure work – those working without guaranteed hours or baseline employment rights – has shot up by more than 660,000 (27 per cent) over the past five years, according to new research published today (7 February 2017)) by the TUC

  • 7 Feb 2017

    A new Amnesty International report published today has exposed the "cold-blooded killing of thousands of defenceless prisoners" in a Syrian government jail where an estimated 13,000 people have been hanged in the past five years, and where mass hangings of up to 50 people at a time occur every week, sometimes twice a week.

  • 7 Feb 2017

    Leading academics from around the world will debate the ethics of the international fur trade at a Summer School at St Stephen's House, Oxford, from 23-26 July, 2017.

  • 6 Feb 2017

    UK authorities trained Bahrain’s police how to gather intelligence on protestors, and then tried to cover up the scheme, the international human rights group Reprieve has found. The project took place after protestors in the Gulf kingdom were rounded up and sentenced to death.

  • 6 Feb 2017

    An immediate pause in fighting is needed in Ukraine to prevent more people dying and to repair essential services, the United Nations human rights office said, following another night of shelling in the east of the country.

  • 5 Feb 2017

    Quakers in Britain have responded to the global unease about recent political developments around the world with a clear statement asserting: “Humanity needs leaders of integrity and conscience, ready to be held to account by individuals and institutions, national and international."