World News

  • September 7, 2016

    The detention of a Russian blogger from Yekaterinburg who has been sentenced to administrative arrest for two months after posting a video of himself playing Pokémon Go in a church is a farcical attack on freedom of expression, says Amnesty International.

  • September 6, 2016

    During the World Methodist Conference this week, the World Council of Churches General Secretary, the Rev  Dr Olav Fykse Tveit invited his audience to explore with him how unity can transform the world.

  • September 5, 2016

    A student from Dublin has said he is suffering fresh abuses in prison in Egypt, where he faces a potential death sentence for attending a protest.

  • September 2, 2016

    Voicing deep concerns about the unfolding electoral crisis in Gabon, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday called for restraint and the upholding of international standards of human rights there. He  expressed UN support for a transparent verification of its recent presidential election results.

  • September 1, 2016

    The release of four Congolese pro-democracy activists, including Amnesty International Prisoners of Conscience Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala, is cause for celebration but they remain at risk of re-arrest unless the charges are dropped, Amnesty International has warned.

  • August 30, 2016

    On 1 September, churches worldwide will come together to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and to observe the Season of Creation between that day and 4 October, a day for celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Many Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and Anglican organisations will join to encourage Christians worldwide to pray and act on ecological issues.

  • August 29, 2016

    The UN Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the tense situation that has developed in the narrow buffer strip in south-western Western Sahara border as a result of changes in the status quo and the introduction of armed units from Morocco and the Polisario Front in close proximity to each other.

  • August 26, 2016

    In a letter issued on 25 August 2016, addressed to the Rev Luca Negro, president of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, the General Secretary of the WCC  offered “heartfelt condolences to the people who lost family members and friends.” The letter follows the massive earthquake,  which hit central Italy in the morning hours of 24 August.

  • August 25, 2016

    France's failure to overturn a ban on the 'burkini' which promotes the humiliation of women, would be a missed opportunity to end an assault on women's freedoms, said Amnesty International as France's highest administrative court considers a challenge to the ban.

  • August 25, 2016

    Christian Aid and its partners have warmly welcomed the announcement of the final agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla group. They also urge the government to ensure implementation of the agreement and dismantle paramilitary groups as a matter or priority, to guarantee lasting peace.