News Brief

  • December 1, 2007

    Several thousand people marched in Sudan's capital Khartoum yesterday, calling for a tougher sentence for a British teacher imprisoned for insulting religion. But many other Muslims have called for her immediate release.

  • December 1, 2007

    Europeans who have no religion are growing in number but are becoming increasingly disadvantaged in the political process, claimed the National Secular Society in the UK at a meeting in the European Parliament on religion and politics.

  • December 1, 2007

    Faith-based campaigners and religious leaders say churches should not relax their efforts to deal with the HIV/AIDS pandemic despite UN figures showing a drop in the number of people worldwide living with the virus, says Desmond Tutu.

  • November 30, 2007

    The British government has been accused of damaging social cohesion through its policies and rhetoric on asylum. The criticisms were made by a wide range of witnesses at the final public hearing of the Independent Asylum Commission.

  • November 30, 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has attended a confidential meeting of the Clergy Consultation - an ongoing support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex clergy and their partners.

  • November 30, 2007

    The Christian agency Faithworks, which contracts with government and has 20,000 community and church partners, has made a critical response to a report challenging the contribution faith groups make to public service provision.

  • November 30, 2007

    The Scottish denominations are launching a £500,000 appeal to transform Scottish Churches House into a modern conference and hospitality centre which will carry forward a long tradition of radical thinking and outward social engagement.

  • November 30, 2007

    As schoolteacher Gillian Gibbons' lawyers prepare an appeal against a 15-day jail sentence imposed in Sudan over the naming of a teddy bear, Muslims in Britain have joined in condemning the decision and calling for clemency.

  • November 30, 2007

    Thirty national arms control, religious, and environmental organizations in the US have joined together to urge a block on finance for a new generation of nuclear weapons - urging funding to be axed for the Reliable Replacement Warhead.

  • November 30, 2007

    An NGO in Mali has won the International Service Human Rights Award for the Defence of Human Rights of People Living with HIV/AIDS. The awards highlight the role development workers play in defending the human rights of vulnerable people.