News Brief

  • February 5, 2017

    Quakers in Britain have responded to the global unease about recent political developments around the world with a clear statement asserting: “Humanity needs leaders of integrity and conscience, ready to be held to account by individuals and institutions, national and international."

  • February 3, 2017

    An attack on a village in Yemen ordered by President Trump caused the death of a newborn baby, alongside as many as 23 civilians, the human rights organisation Reprieve has discovered.

  • February 3, 2017

    The Church of Scotland is encouraging MSPs to consider a £5 a week increase in Child Benefit as part of the Scottish Budget, which wasdebated in the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

  • February 3, 2017

    The Iranian authorities must immediately stop the execution of a man arrested for a crime committed when he was 17 years old, said Amnesty International, ahead of his scheduled execution on 11 February 2017.

  • February 2, 2017

    There is insufficient evidence to suggest that older people’s pensions are weighing on the wages or pension benefits of young workers, says a new briefing published by the TUC yesterday.

  • February 2, 2017

    Reacting to the recent suspension by the United States of its longstanding refugee programme, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres yesterday said resettlement is often “the only possible solution” for people fleeing conflict and persecution, and that the US policy, which bars entry of Syrians into the country, “should be removed sooner rather than later.”

  • February 2, 2017

    The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Dr Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard, have welcomed a United Methodist Church statement on Trump's immigration order, given by Bishop Bruce R. Ough, the president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops.

  • February 1, 2017

    When making cuts to social security benefits the government’s approach has been to blame the poor for their own poverty.

  • February 1, 2017

    Matsés Indians from the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon have denounced the threat of oil exploration on their ancestral land, which is home to uncontacted tribes.

  • February 1, 2017

    Faith and science communities met this week as Quakers set out to build communication and support between them. Quakers in Britain and the Quaker United Nations Office held two interfaith luncheons with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.