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  • 6 Jun 2016

    A group of MPs has made a series of recommendations calling on the Government to improve the support and protection it gives to asylum seekers and refugees.

  • 3 Jun 2016

    The Coroner in the inquest into the 1995 death of Private Cheryl James at Deepcut Barracks has today (3 June 2016) recorded a verdict of suicide, delivering a narrative verdict that severely criticised serious failures in duty of care at Deepcut barracks.

  • 3 Jun 2016

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  • 3 Jun 2016

    Prominent church leaders and thinkers have issued a call to action for all the UK's churches, echoing Pope Francis' wish to see "a poor church, for the poor".

  • 2 Jun 2016

    The peacebuilding organisation International Alert, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, has announced the appointment of a new Chair and two new members to its Board of Trustees.

  • 2 Jun 2016

    A group of staff from Britain Yearly Meeting, the charity which manages the central policy, property, staff and work of Quakers in Britain, have had a request rejected by the Treasury. They wanted to exercise their right of conscientious objection to war by ensuring that none of their taxes are used for military purposes.

  • 2 Jun 2016

    Some 4.6 million people in Burundi are food insecure, with more than 500,000 of them requiring urgent emergency food assistance, the UN food relief agency has said, warning that food stocks are stretched as a result of the fragile socio-economic context in the country.

  • 2 Jun 2016

    A programme for more than 100 young people, from babies to teenagers, was part of Yearly Meeting 2016, bringing together 1,000 Quakers from around Britain, visiting Quakers from around the world and interfaith guests, including Billy Kennedy, a president of Churches Together in England, and Jagbir Jhuti-Johal, senior lecturer in Sikh Studies at the University of Birmingham.

  • 2 Jun 2016

    The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says he used a visit to Ethiopia yesterday (1 June 2016) to secure ‘legal access’ for a British man who was kidnapped and rendered to the country in 2014, and who is now held under sentence of death.

  • 1 Jun 2016

    Five Christians were found guilty yesterday (31 May 2016) of causing criminal damage when they whitewashed the walls of the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

  • 1 Jun 2016

    The World Council of Churches continues to reiterate complaints about the interrogation and treatment of its staff and professional colleagues at Ben Gurion International Airport on 29 April-2 May 2016

  • 1 Jun 2016

    Over a million days – or 2,890 years – of additional imprisonment have been imposed on prisoners found to have broken prison rules in the past six years, Ministry of Justice figures have confirmed.

  • 31 May 2016

    In a shocking attack on the right to freedom of expression Bahrain’s authorities yesterday upheld the conviction of opposition leader Sheikh  Ali Salman and increased his prison sentence from four to nine years for giving speeches in which he criticised the government, says Amnesty International.

  • 31 May 2016

    Ten of the biggest names in British art are the latest voices to join the growing chorus condemning government plans to repeal the Human Rights Act.

  • 30 May 2016

    When our hereditary head of state opened parliament 12 days ago, she arrived in a gilded horse-drawn coach built in 1852 and was escorted by soldiers dre