Armed Forces

  • March 10, 2011

    Human rights campaigners have welcomed an MP's attempt to raise the minimum age of enlistment in the UK armed forces to eighteen.

  • March 8, 2011

    Defence Secretary Liam Fox is pushing through an Armed Forces Bill that will make no meaningful changes to the armed forces. Fox and his allies use gung-ho rhetoric about "supporting our boys" while neglecting the human rights of forces personnel.

  • February 8, 2011

    Quakers in Britain are calling for Parliament to amend the Armed Forces Bill in order to to raise the age of enlistment, currently set at sixteen.

  • February 4, 2011

    Armed forces chaplains play a crucial role in providing pastoral support to people who face danger and death on a daily basis. But chaplains' independence is compromised by the fact that they are members of the forces themselves. Churches that take a stand on wider issues of peace and war are rarely willing to question the ethics of the armed forces. Why has this situation arisen? And how can we change it?

  • January 10, 2011

    Defence Secretary Liam Fox is being urged to uphold the right of armed forces personnel to be given a discharge if they develop a conscientious objection.

  • January 9, 2011

    Children and young people's rights groups are calling for a change in the law to end the recruitment of sixteen and seventeen-year-olds into the UK armed forces.

  • November 12, 2010

    The oldest former member of the UK's navy has been described as a “pacifist” by his family. Claude Choules, 109, has refused to mark Armistice Day this week.

  • October 19, 2010

    The government's Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) has missed the opportunity to address long-term security problems such as climate change and the root causes of terrorism.

  • October 11, 2010

    Quakers and Unitarians have welcomed an Early Day Motion calling on Parliament to raise the age of recruitment into the armed forces to eighteen.

  • August 28, 2010

    The programme of the Greenbelt Christian festival this weekend declares that disagreement is “essential to discovery”. This is an inspiring sentiment to hear in Christian circles, all the more so when it appears to be said with sincerity.