Iraq

  • 17 Aug 2014

    This morning, I was invited onto BBC Ulster’s Sunday Sequence programme to discuss my response as a Christian pacifist to the situation in northern Iraq. Our discussion followed headlines reporting that English church leaders have criticised the UK government’s response to Islamic extremism.

  • 17 Aug 2014

    The stories from Iraq are getting worse. There is news of massacres and threatened massacres, reported deaths and abductions, the sufferings of Yazidis, Christians and the many Muslims who reject the message of ISIS. It makes me sad and angry in equal measure.

  • 15 Aug 2014

    The recall of Parliament during a recess is a signifier that grave matters are afoot. As the debating forum of a democracy, it does more than make decisions – it expresses itself in full view of the electorate it is there to represent.

  • 14 Aug 2014

    Two senior UN officials have condemned the “barbaric acts” of sexual violence and “savage rapes” the armed group Islamic State (IS) has perpetrated on minorities in areas under its control.

  • 13 Aug 2014

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Iraqi security forces not to intervene in the country’s political process amid heightened tensions and the threat from the Islamic State.

  • 26 Jul 2014

    ‘It looks as if the end could be very near.’ This was the emotional response of Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of Baghdad this morning, when asked about the prospects for Christianity in Iraq. He was at pains to stress that Christians and Muslims in Iraq have lived and worked together peacefully for centuries: it is terrorism, not Islam that is the problem.

  • 23 Jul 2014

    The General Secrestary of the World Council of Churches has expressed deep concern over the exodus of the Christian community from the Iraqi city of Mosul following threats from ISIS.

  • 30 Jun 2014

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his grave concern at the deepening crisis in Iraq and the rising number of civilian deaths and injuries.

  • 17 Jun 2014

    The UN human rights chief has condemned the recently reported “cold-blooded” mass executions in Iraq and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged that those responsible be brought to justice.

  • 16 May 2014

    Following his capture by UK forces and rendition to Afghanistan, the US has released Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani citizen held for ten years without charge, trial, or access to a lawyer.