An independently-run national ‚Äúcitizens' enquiry‚Äù has heard evidence of inhumane treatment of asylum seekers by a UK Home Office permeated by what some claim is ‚Äúa culture of cynicism and unbelief.‚Äù The allegations will add more pressure to an already besieged Home Secretary, John Reid.
An alliance of sixteen faith community leaders and the chief executive of the British Humanist Association have sent a letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair, urging the government to take further decisive action on the ‚Äúaffront and injustice of international debt‚Äù.
While ‚Äòculture wars' in the United States absorb much media attention, a campaigning coalition which brings together religious and secular groups is working to ensure that January 2007 marks not only the beginning of a new year but also a fresh push to eliminate the debt crippling impoverished nations.
Over the weekend Zimbabwean police arrested nine church leaders, including a blind pastor, for allegedly holding a meeting in Kadoma without first seeking approval from the police - report human rights activists in Zimbabwe. They also confiscated nonviolence manuals
African church leaders at the World Social Forum in Nairobi urged governments to use the surrender of the leader of the Union of Islamic Courts of Somalia, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, as the basis for a peace initiative for the war torn country - writes Fredrick Nzwili for Ecumenical News Interational.
Mozambique is "owed an ecological debt by those who constructed and have made profits from the dams of the Zambezi River, that is to say, the Portuguese government and the South African company Eskom," Malawian economist Francis Ng'ambi told participants at a World Council of Churches (WCC) workshop on ecological debt at World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, which ended yesterday.
Poor people in mineral-rich developing countries are missing out on the benefits of higher commodity prices while large transnational oil and mining corporations make record profits, a new report says.
Nearly 40 leaders from a broad coalition of US Christian denominations have sent a letter to President George W. Bush asking that he "make Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, in the context of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace initiative" a priority for his administration.