News Brief

  • March 5, 2016

    One hundred prisoners in Ghezel Hessar prison, Iran, have been told to prepare for impending execution following a pause in hangings ahead of last week’s parliamentary elections. All of the prisoners face execution for alleged drug offences.

  • March 4, 2016

    Homelessness is found in every country in the world and is spreading with impunity, a UN human rights expert has warned, calling on governments to recognise homelessness as a human rights crisis and commit to its eradication by 2030, in line with the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • March 4, 2016

    UK charities hope to take the investment world by storm next week, when they launch a platform to link investors with SMEs needing long-term capital to expand and benefit their communities in rural Africa, Asia and Latin America.

  • March 3, 2016

    The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that imposes new sanctions and tightens some of its existing measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, due to the country's ongoing nuclear and ballistic missile-related activities that “threaten international peace and security.”

  • March 3, 2016

    Women have barely half the pension savings of men, according to a new TUC-sponsored report published on 1 March. The study, carried out by the Pensions Policy Institute, shows that women have, on average, £7,500 in savings in defined contribution schemes, compared to £14,500 for men.

  • March 2, 2016

    The Government published its Investigatory Powers Bill yesterday – just three weeks after three parliamentary committees recommended more than 120 major changes to the draft legislation.

  • March 2, 2016

    Amidst the current tense situation in Burundi, representatives of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) have embarked on a solidarity visit to Burundi from 1 to 4 March.

  • March 2, 2016

    The government has stepped back from proposals to amend the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, after the commission set up to examine FOI found that it is “working well.”

  • March 1, 2016

    Last Saturday (27 February), what has been described as the “biggest anti-nuclear weapons protest for a generation” took place in central London.

  • March 1, 2016

    A new generation of ecumenical Christians has engaged preeminent issues of contemporary global Christianity in a new publication from Globethics.