News Brief

  • June 4, 2009

    Churches could have a vital role to play in rejuvenating democracy, says Jonathan Bartley. But it needs to be through a faith-engagement with politics based on openness and change.

  • June 3, 2009

    The Chinese authorities should now hold an open and independent inquiry into the 1989 violent military crackdown on peaceful demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square, Amnesty International has declared today.

  • June 3, 2009

    News that the UK government has licensed multi-million pound arms deals with the Sri Lankan government has triggered outrage amongst campaigners and MPs, and raises the need for sea-change in public policy on the arms trade.

  • June 3, 2009

    The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has told peace campaigner Harmeet Sooden - a former kidnap victim in Iraq - that it will not act on his official complaint regarding his mistreatment by Israeli authorities.

  • June 2, 2009

    Members of a range of religious traditions - Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu and Muslim - have issued a joint public call to end religion-based discrimination on admissions and employment in Britain's schools.

  • June 2, 2009

    As President Barack Obama's efforts towards a two-state solution in Israel/Palestine continue, religious leaders in the region and in the USA are urging him to press forward toward a lasting peace in the Middle East.

  • June 2, 2009

    As billions of people suffer from insecurity, injustice and indignity, international NGO Amnesty International is demanding that world leaders invest in human rights as strongly as they are investing in the economy.

  • June 2, 2009

    Human rights groups have deplored the execution and crucifixion which took place in Saudi Arabia yesterday. Ahmed bin 'Adhaib bin 'Askar al-shamlani al-'Anzi was beheaded and his body crucified publicly in Riyadh.

  • June 2, 2009

    A new poll released today by Christian Aid reveals the extent of the British public’s concern about climate change, with a majority saying the government needs to show more leadership in tackling global warming.

  • June 1, 2009

    A Welsh chapel union has stepped up its campaign for greater respect and dignity for elderly people in residential and nursing homes. It says say little attention is paid to the linguistic, spiritual and cultural needs of residents.