News Brief

  • September 19, 2016

    A severely mentally ill man faces hanging in Pakistan tomorrow (20 September 2016) despite a medical report that diagnosed him as “insane”. Pakistan has signed international agreements banning the execution of mentally ill prisoners.

  • September 17, 2016

    In the last year, 44% of working families in England – equivalent to 3.7 million families – cut back on buying essential food and clothing in a bid to help pay their rent or mortgage.

  • September 16, 2016

    The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said yesterday that the ceasefire following the Russia-United States agreement is largely holding but that desperately awaited humanitarian convoys are unable to move due to a delay in getting permits from the Syrian Government.

  • September 16, 2016

    At a joint consultation on the Holy Land, the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA released a statement calling for an end to the denial of rights and generations of suffering in the Holy Land.

  • September 16, 2016

    More than 50 charities, NGOs and aid agencies working with refugees across the world have written to the Prime Minister, urging her to do more to tackle the global refugee crisis.

  • September 15, 2016

    Quakers in Scotland and ForcesWatch are presenting a petition to The Scottish Parliament on Thursday (15 September) calling for greater scrutiny, guidance and consultation on armed forces visits to schools in Scotland.

  • September 15, 2016

    The Scottish Government is under fresh pressure to tackle the scourge of funeral poverty. The Rev Bryan Kerr has urged ministers to use new social security powers being devolved to the Scottish Parliament to design a system that ensures the poorest families have “swift” access to sufficient funds.

  • September 15, 2016

    Video footage and satellite images showing makeshift grave sites and burial mounds offer a rare glimpse inside a desert no-man's land between Jordan and Syria where more than 75,000 refugees are stranded and virtually cut off from humanitarian aid, said Amnesty International today.

  • September 14, 2016

    The Methodist Church in Birmingham and Birmingham City Council made a landmark announcement on Saturday, 12 September 2016 that the city council will be the first local authority to support the community sponsorship of Syrian refugees.

  • September 14, 2016

    The Paraguayan government has failed to act to protect a group of uncontacted tribal people, despite having been ordered to do so in February of this year.