News Brief

  • February 7, 2017

    A new Amnesty International report published today has exposed the "cold-blooded killing of thousands of defenceless prisoners" in a Syrian government jail where an estimated 13,000 people have been hanged in the past five years, and where mass hangings of up to 50 people at a time occur every week, sometimes twice a week.

  • February 7, 2017

    Leading academics from around the world will debate the ethics of the international fur trade at a Summer School at St Stephen's House, Oxford, from 23-26 July, 2017.

  • February 6, 2017

    UK authorities trained Bahrain’s police how to gather intelligence on protestors, and then tried to cover up the scheme, the international human rights group Reprieve has found. The project took place after protestors in the Gulf kingdom were rounded up and sentenced to death.

  • February 6, 2017

    An immediate pause in fighting is needed in Ukraine to prevent more people dying and to repair essential services, the United Nations human rights office said, following another night of shelling in the east of the country.

  • 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.”