human rights

  • September 21, 2007

    A new wave of religious freedom is sweeping across Libya, say Christians in the north African country. This follows three decades during which the tiny community faced restrictions due to the nation's hostile stance towards the West - which people identified with Christianity.

  • September 18, 2007

    The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference has said it does not know why Pius Ncube, who is facing adultery charges in his country's courts an arch-critic of President Robert Mugabe, has resigned as archbishop of the Bulawayo diocese.

  • September 13, 2007

    Christians in Europe have been urged to support human rights and religious freedom in Belarus, which is ruled by President Alexander Lukashenko, who some rights groups have described as one of the last hardline dictators in eastern Europe.

  • September 12, 2007

    The latest national citizens’ enquiry into the UK asylum system will hear evidence on the asylum appeals process at a public hearing in Leeds on Thursday 20 September. While media-driven attitudes have hardened, the Independent Asylum Commission advocates a measured approach.

  • September 11, 2007

    “Keeping our faith in times of trouble” is a model of hope, an international Anabaptist delegation to Zimbabwe has affirmed. It says the Brethren in Christ Church (BICC) in the troubled country is alive and strong. The Mennonite World Conference team also met local Catholics.

  • September 11, 2007

    Some 250 supporters of human rights gathered to protest at the new Wembley Stadium during the England-Israel qualifying match for the Euro 2008 competition - highlighting the plight of a Palestinian youth team denied a visa to visit Britain.

  • September 9, 2007

    An arms fair taking place in London this week will be run for the last time by its current owner Reed Elsevier, which is putting it up for sale. Campaigners say they believe it may be the beginning of the end for the military exhibition.

  • September 7, 2007

    Preserving religious freedom, including the right to manifest diverse beliefs, is a cornerstone of an open, liberal and tolerant society, the C of E Archbishops’ Council says in its response to proposals for a Single Equality Bill. Others say the Church is being too defensive.

  • September 5, 2007

    The United Kingdom’s asylum system is rigged to fail as many applicants as possible, says Peter Tatchell. It is unjust, chaotic and inhumane. Here he highlights the concerns and lets key witnesses speak for themselves - including a Churches' Commission for Racial Justice worker.

  • September 5, 2007

    Peace and human rights campaigners have welcomed the decision by Israel's Supreme Court to redraw a small portion of the route of the partition wall around the West Bank, where villagers had argued that the barrier prevented them from reaching 50% of their agricultural land.