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  • 29 Mar 2017

    A  letter, signed by 4,000 Catholic priests, religious brothers and sisters and deacons has called on elected officials and citizens alike to fulfill the moral responsibility to welcome and protect those displaced from their homes, fleeing from war and other forms of violence.

  • 29 Mar 2017

    The Foreign Secretary has refused to support the last appeal of a 78-year-old Briton, who has spent three decades in a US prison for a crime his lawyers say he did not commit.

  • 28 Mar 2017

    Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and all peaceful protesters detained after the mass anti-corruptiondemonstrations across the country on 26 March must be released immediately, said Amnesty International, after Mr Navalny was sentenced to 15 days in jail.

  • 28 Mar 2017

    The UK has licensed over £3.3 billion of arms to Saudi Arabia since the beginning of a bombing campaign intended to influence the outcome of the civil conflict in Yemen. It has created a humanitarian catastrophe.  Campaign Against Arms Trade is awaiting verdict of legal action against arms exports being used by the Saudi regime in Yemen

  • 27 Mar 2017

    The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women has agreed on a roadmap to women’s full and equal participation in the economy as a vital step to achieving sustainable development as the body concluded its two-week session.

  • 27 Mar 2017

    Christian Aid has welcomed the Home Office announcement to grant Syrians resettling in the UK refugee status, saying Britain should be proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and conflict.

  • 25 Mar 2017

    Five UK Churches have issued a statement to support and encourage those meeting in New York to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons.  They have also expressed their shared disappointment that the UK Government has refused to take part in these talks, despite its longstanding international commitments to work towards a nuclear weapon free world.

  • 25 Mar 2017

    With schools facing funding cuts, parents across the country are being asked to make a financial contribution to make up the shortfall.

  • 24 Mar 2017

    The Islamic State (also known as ISIS) executed and dumped the bodies of possibly hundreds of detainees at a site near Mosul, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.

  • 24 Mar 2017

    Mothers in the UK get one of the lowest amounts of decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, according to new TUC analysis published today ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday..

  • 24 Mar 2017

    The High Court has ruled that a Blair-era renditions case should be heard in secret, following a request from the government under the controversial Justice and Security Act.

  • 24 Mar 2017

    Campaigners in Mozambique have called for secret debts to be cancelled before the IMF lends to the country again, alongside a range of measures including public disclosure of the audit into the debts, mechanisms to hold leaders accountable for actions and greater tax collection from megaprojects in the country.

  • 23 Mar 2017

    Following the attack in Westminster yesterday in which four people, including the attacker, died and 40 were injured, several faith communities have issued statements or comments from their leaders.

  • 23 Mar 2017

    In readiness for the impending trigger of Article 50, four of the UK's largest Christian Churches, representing three quarters of a million members, are inviting their congregations to take part in discussions across the UK to explore what kind of society we should be seeking to create.

  • 22 Mar 2017

    The Muslim Council of Britain has issued a statement following the attack in Westminster this afternoon