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The National Commission for Justice and Peace advises the Scottish Bishops' Conference of the Catholic Church in matters relating to social justice, international peace and human rights, and promotes action in these areas.

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Image: Pentecost Peace Witness at Faslane 2016
Justice and Peace Commission member, Grace Buckley reports on the Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms, peace witness which took place at Faslane on 14 May 2015.
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Image: Immigration Bill becomes an Act On 12 May 2016, the Immigration Bill 2015-16 received Royal Assent, which means it now becomes the 2016 Immigration Act. In those words, a great deal is bound up. What’s been won, and what’s been lost. Read the 'Right to Remain' blog on the Immigration Act.   Read More...
Image: Groups line up to damn way asylum system lets kids down THE “scandal” of refugee children made destitute after winning the right to stay in Scotland has been laid bare in new figures.  The Refugee Survival Trust (RST) awards lifeline grants to asylum seekers and refugees cut off from support. (Kirsteen Paterson, The National)   Read More...
Image: Government Should Not Proceed With Plans To Increase Immigration Court Fees Please sign the petition to the UK Govt.
The Government has proposed a massive increase in the fees that immigrants and asylum seekers pay to have their immigration/asylum cases heard in court. This huge rise in fee (eg. from £140 to £800 for a hearing in court) will prevent individuals from being able to take their cases to court.
If the Home Office makes an incorrect decision on someone's case, this can usually be appealed in court.   Read More...
Image: Replacing Trident will cost at least £205bn, campaigners say The total cost of replacing the Trident nuclear missile system will come to at least £205bn, far more than previously estimated, according to figures drawn up by the CND. It has calculated the total on the basis of official figures, answers to parliamentary questions and previous costs of items including nuclear warheads and decommissioning nuclear reactors. It says it has not taken into account that past Ministry of Defence projects have frequently gone well over budget. (The Guardian)   Read More...
Image: Hope has no expiry date – Cardinal Bo Much is expected of Aung San Suu Kyi, who in April of this year became the leader of Myanmar’s first democratically elected government since 1962. In a country where Buddhist, Muslim and Christian have a troubled shared history, it is surely asking the miraculous (as the New York Times’ editorial board did on May 9) to present to the world a policy that can immediately pour oil on troubled waters.   Read More...
Image: Qatar: 0, Forced Labour: 1 Call on Qatar to take action on forced labour - Walk Free email action
Narayan Nepali knows the horror of forced labour in Qatar first-hand. He travelled from Nepal on the promise of a well-paid job. When he arrived his passport was confiscated by an employer and his nightmare began. Unfortunately, as construction for the football World Cup 2022 intensifies, more migrant workers will be vulnerable to forced labour than ever before.   Read More...
Image: MPs warn of murder prosecution risk for drone strikes An influential committee of Parliamentarians has today (10 May 2016) called on the British Government to “urgently” clarify its legal position on drone strikes, warning that its policy “may expose…Ministers to the risk of criminal prosecution for murder.” (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Survival International: Stop illegal evictions and save the tiger - email action Tribal communities who have seen their ancestral homelands turned into tiger reserves are being illegally evicted in the name of "conservation."  It's destroying them. It's also doing nothing to help save the tiger.   Read More...


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