People and Power

  • March 5, 2013

    “Discrimination and statelessness live side by side; it is no coincidence that most stateless people belong to racial, linguistic and religious minorities.” So says the communique issued at the end of the World Council of Churches consultation on stateless people held in Washington DC from from 27 February to 1 March 2013. This is the full document, made available by the WCC.

  • March 3, 2013

    Cardinal Keith O'Brien, until his resignation Britain's most senior Catholic leader, has admitted sexual misconduct following several allegations against him.

  • March 3, 2013

    Violence against women is one of the most widespread abuses of human rights around the world, says Tanja Haque, CAFOD’s Gender Advisor. Women and girls in every culture and society are affected by violence and the facts are appalling: acts of violence against women and girls cause more deaths than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined. The struggle against gender-based violence goes on across the world, and the Church can and must play its role in this.

  • March 1, 2013

    On the day of the Eastleigh by-election, figures were released which showed a marked recent decline in net migration, which obviously delighted the Government. Home Secretary Theresa May boasted about how much she had toughened up the rules, but perhaps in an attempt to forestall one potential criticism, stressed the fact that visas for university students had increased by three percent overall.

  • March 1, 2013

    A new churches' report shows how evidence and statistics have been misused, misrepresented and manipulated to create untruths that stigmatise the poor.

  • February 28, 2013

    As fears of violence grow ahead of Kenya’s elections, thousands of people are mobilising for conflict resolution and nonviolent resistance to injustice.

  • February 25, 2013

    Britain's most senior Catholic leader, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, will now not take part in the conclave to chose a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, having been forced to resign early by allegations of "inappropriate conduct" made to the Vatican by several priests, both now retired and still serving.

  • February 25, 2013

    When did sick and disabled people become 'fair game' for mockery in the UK?

    Over the last few years the way certain elements of the media have portrayed these sections of the population as ‘scroungers’ and ‘benefit cheats’ has been depressing, but today the Daily Mail reached a new low. In this article dramatic claims were made about the numbers of new claimants for Disability Living Allowance, describing a rush to claim the benefit before new more stringent rules are introduced.

  • February 22, 2013

    Amnesty has criticised the Egyptian authorities intention to prohibit Egyptian NGOs’ contact with foreign organisations without permission from security bodies.

  • February 20, 2013

    An award-winning photographer is displaying her photos, of the community on the front line of Donald Trump's development in Aberdeenshire, at Holyrood.