News Brief

  • May 22, 2009

    The Sri Lankan government says that more than 6,200 security personnel were killed and almost 30,000 wounded in the final three years of the war with the Tamil Tigers. Independent analysts say many thousands of Tamils have died as well.

  • May 22, 2009

    A Christian minister from the USA has travelled to Iraq as part of a small group visit to highlight the need for relationship-building as well as political action in addressing issues of peace and justice in the midst of conflict.

  • May 22, 2009

    Amnesty International's annual report for 2009, which will be launched on Thursday 28 May from London, will highlight, among other global concerns, continuing investigations into human rights abuses in the Russian Federation.

  • May 22, 2009

    Emad Baghi, a leading Iranian human rights advocate based in Tehran, has been awarded the 2009 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders - a global award highlighting courageous and significant action for social justice.

  • May 22, 2009

    A peaceful protester won an important court victory for civil liberties yesterday when police surveillance of him of was ruled unlawful, in a decison that lawyers say will change the way demonstrations and protests are policed.

  • May 22, 2009

    A leading US church agency has renewed its call for action on urgent health services for the 1.5 million people displaced by ongoing battles between the Pakistan military and Taliban insurgents in the country’s North West region.

  • May 21, 2009

    UK-based global development agency Christian Aid today unveils the winners of its new 'Alternative Tax Awards' for companies that have shown ingenuity in reducing their tax commitment - at great cost to people, planet and the poor.

  • May 21, 2009

    The World Association for Christian Communication is calling on religious leaders and communicators to push for urgent and radical action on climate change in the run-up to the international Climate Conference in Copenhagen.

  • May 21, 2009

    When people hear the word 'health' they think immediately of medical matters, says Juan Michel. But health is also an issue of clean drinking water, nutritious food, a safe work environment and essential care accessible at the community level - not least in a time of flu panics.

  • May 21, 2009

    To stem a nationwide shortage of full-time clergy, the Church of Scotland is considering the use of "virtual ministers" who would preach over a live video link to congregations that do not have a permanent minister.