World News

  • January 26, 2010

    The Yemeni government’s increasingly heavy-handed response to the threat posed by al-Qa’ida puts the country at risk of being locked in a downward spiral on human rights, say concerned observers.

  • January 25, 2010

    A team of UN staff dealing with human rights and displacement has gone to quake-hit Haiti to assess a range of protection issues in the wake of the disaster that has left one third of the 9 million inhabitants in need of urgent assistance.

  • January 24, 2010

    A company in which Anglicans and Methodists have one of their largest shareholdings, is facing a new challenge over controversial plans to drill for oil in the Arctic's environmentally sensitive frozen waters.

  • January 24, 2010

    Jean Zaché Duracin, the Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Haiti, and other church officials, gave a first-hand briefing about their relief and recovery priorities to two Episcopal Relief and Development workers on 22 January 2010.

  • January 23, 2010

    Many of the Haiti earthquake disaster's worst effects – including its impact on child health and safety – are aggravated by the country's longstanding impoverishment and instability, say UNICEF representatives involved in the relief effort.

  • January 22, 2010

    One of the DEC member NGOs, Merlin,reports that its Haiti medical team has been "working tirelessly" to meet the overwhelming needs of Haitians - and that the charity is concerned with long- as well as short-term care.

  • January 22, 2010

    The Mexican authorities are failing in their duty to protect human rights defenders from killings and life-threatening harassment and attacks, a new report from international NGO Amnesty International warns this week.

  • January 21, 2010

    A year after Israel's military offensive on Gaza, UN agencies and the Association for International Development Agencies have called for an immediate opening of Gaza's crossings.

  • January 21, 2010

    Poverty is a stark social and spiritual issue as well as an individual one, churches in Europe are saying as the European Union launches a special year to highlight the fight against its dehumanising effects.

  • January 21, 2010

    While Haitians were recovering from a 6.1 aftershock a week after the massive 7.0 earthquake that has devastated the country, news came through that the aid effort is becoming more effective, though significant problems remain.