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  • 21 Dec 2016

    The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative has gathered in Rome to reflect on and discuss Pope Francis's 2017 World Day of Peace message Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace, and to strategise about next steps for this critical movement.

  • 21 Dec 2016

    The Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, has told parliament that the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition has used UK manufactured cluster munitions in its ongoing bombardment of Yemen.

  • 20 Dec 2016

    As part of an ongoing, multiyear project called 'Walking Together', an international and interreligious group met in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 6-8 December 2016 to explore different facets of the theme 'Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace', which undergirds the World Council of Church’s programmatic focus.

  • 20 Dec 2016

    The TUC and the British Chambers of Commerce have published an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on her to end the uncertainty for workers and businesses by confirming that the government will give current EU migrants a right to remain after Brexit.

  • 19 Dec 2016

    Saudi Arabia has executed at least 153 people this year, nearing last year's record high of 158, according to figures collated by the human rights organisation Reprieve.

  • 19 Dec 2016

    In his last press conference as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon delivered stark warnings on two issues at the forefront of international concern: that “the carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience;” and that South Sudan faces a risk of genocide as the country leaders have “squandered a peace agreement.”

  • 19 Dec 2016

    Two briefings have been published which present learning from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Prison Reform Fellowships. From 2010–2015, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust funded Travelling Fellowships with a particular focus on prison reform across the world. The Fellowships are the result of an innovative partnership between WCMT and the Prison Reform Trust.

  • 17 Dec 2016

     One in 10 UK workers (3.2 million) are now in precarious work – and the number of workers at risk of missing out on key employment protections has nearly doubled in a decade to 1.5 million (an increase of 700,000), according to a new Trades Union Congress (TUC) report.

  • 16 Dec 2016

    Religious radicalisation is at the heart of many political discussions worldwide but is also playing a major role in intra-Christian and interreligious dialogue. Often a divisive feature in these discussions is the tendency to stereotype certain religions as having extremist expressions and actions.

  • 16 Dec 2016

    Rachel Lampard, Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, has been appointed as a Co-President of the charity Housing Justice.

  • 15 Dec 2016

    The United States is to reduce arms exports to Saudi Arabia, including the halting of a planned export of air-dropped munitions, due to concerns about civilian deaths in Yemen. Campaign Against Arms Trade has urged the UK government to end its arms exports to the Saudi regime.

  • 14 Dec 2016

    A British man on death row in Ethiopia has gone two years without a phone call to his family in London. Andargachew ‘Andy’ Tsege last spoke to his partner and three children on 14 December 2014.

  • 14 Dec 2016

    NGOs operating in the besieged city of Aleppo, including a partner organisation of Christian Aid, have released a ‘message to the world’ about the unfolding massacre taking place.

  • 14 Dec 2016

    Families who were forced to flee the brutal Syrian conflict will be spending their first Christmases in safety in Hertfordshire. So far 62 people have arrived in Hertfordshire as part of the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Person’s Relocation (SVPR) scheme.

  • 13 Dec 2016

    The Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the Church of Scotland, has praised Glasgow City Mission, saying the charity is an example of good practice in serving homeless people. And he called for a “collective endeavour that involves everyone working together”, to end the problem.