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  • 8 Apr 2016

    Global security has been a key concern of the ecumenical movement for more than a century, and was in many ways integral to the very formation of the World Council of Churches. This was at the heart of a lecture given by the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit in a contribution to York Minster’s lecture series Global Security and the United Nations: 70 years on.

  • 7 Apr 2016

    Conscience, the peace building NGO, is supporting the Global Day of Action on Military Spending this year by raising awareness of the £1.7 trillion spent by governments on war.

  • 7 Apr 2016

    Expressing deep regret and concern over the deaths of four migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa in a detention centre in al-Zawiya, Libya, the senior United Nations humanitarian official in that country called yesterday (6 April 2016) for an independent, impartial and full investigation into their deaths.

  • 7 Apr 2016

    An independent legal opinion published today warns of years of uncertainty for workers and employers if the UK votes to leave the European Union, says the Trades Union Congress..

  • 6 Apr 2016

    The number of executions carried out globally during 2015 rose to a 25-year high, a review of the global state of the death penalty has found.

  • 6 Apr 2016

    More than three hundred young Quakers have contributed to a book called Living our beliefs, summing up how they see Quakerism. Playlists, video clips and line drawings accompany inspirational quotations and short passages.

  • 5 Apr 2016

    Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) has said it will monitor the case of a British father held in Ethiopia, among other cases, amid concerns that the government has lessened its commitment to ending human rights abuses abroad.

  • 5 Apr 2016

    Sexual and reproductive health services must be not just "youth-friendly" but also “male- and female-friendly" and "youth participatory" so that young men and women gain access to the information and services they need and want, agreed adolescents who attended a workshop in Lomé, Togo..

  • 5 Apr 2016

    The Panama Papers have exploded any remaining excuses the UK had for allowing secrecy in its tax havens, Christian Aid said yesterday..

  • 4 Apr 2016

    Last week we said farewell to our administrator, Henrietta Cullinan, who leaves us to return to teaching.

  • 4 Apr 2016

    Liberty has announced the appointment of its new Director, the campaigner and barrister Martha Spurrier.

  • 4 Apr 2016

    In May 2010 the incoming coalition government seized upon a silly, ill-advised note left in the Treasury by the outgoing Chief Secretary Liam Byrne. It said, "I'm afraid there is no money".

  • 4 Apr 2016

    Pope Francis and senior Methodist representatives from around the world will take part in a series of events to mark the opening of the new Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome.

  • 4 Apr 2016

    This year has seen Saudi Arabia execute 82 people so far, according to new research by the international human rights organisation Reprieve – which suggests the Kingdom is on course to behead twice as many prisoners as last year.

  • 30 Mar 2016

    Much as it is an understatement to say that I was shaken by the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, so it is the case with the terrorist assaults on Brussels earlier this month.