Life and Death

  • 18 Jul 2014

    A friend of mine who uses a wheelchair was recently approached by a stranger who crossed over the road to talk to her. Without knowing anything about her, he told her that he supported her right to die with dignity through assisted suicide. She told him that she was more concerned with her right to live than her right to die.

  • 15 Jul 2014

    Giles Fraser recently wrote that "assisted dying is the final triumph of market capitalism" and concluded, "When the moral history of the 21st century comes to be written, I predict we will look back with horror at how the word choice became a sort of cuckoo in the nest, driving out all other values…The moral language of the supermarket has become the only moral currency that is accepted."

  • 3 Jul 2014

    The death penalty has no place in the 21st century, says UN chief Ban Ki-moon, calling on all States to take concrete steps towards abolishing or no longer practicing this form of punishment.

  • 7 Jun 2014

    Despite significant gains, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over, UN officials said yesterday (6 June), calling for greater political commitment, investment and innovation.

  • 17 May 2014

    Hosted by the Iona Community and Fellowship of Reconciliation Scotland, Chris Cole, coordinator of the advocacy and information organisation, Drone Wars UK, is currently on a short Scottish tour, coinciding with Christian Aid Week and the start of the Church of Scotland General Assembly.

  • 22 Apr 2014

    The long religious and secular weekend is over. The Bank Holiday draws to an end and the liturgical celebrations of Easter reached their climax the day before yesterday. As Quakers do not keep these 'times and seasons', I find myself caught in a challenging no-woman's land at Easter and Christmas.

  • 8 Apr 2014

    Texas Governor Rick Perry must stop Wednesday’s execution of Ramiro Hernández Llanas, a Mexican national with a mental disability, Amnesty International said today.

  • 7 Apr 2014

    In the week marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, Quakers in Britain are launching a book and exhibition of photographs: “This Light that Pushes Me”.

  • 13 Mar 2014

    Iran executed 331 people for drug-related charges in 2013, a new report published by the non-profit organisation Iran Human Rights reveals.

  • 28 Feb 2014

    A packed meeting at Westminster has focused on Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate of the far-right Bharatiya Janata Party in India’s forthcoming elections.