Peace-making

2019

Image: Holy Land Coordination 2019

Bishop Nolan, President of Justice and Peace Scotland has recently returned from the Holy Land with the Holy Land Coordination which aims to support Christians in the area.  Read their report on the visit here.   Read More...

Image: Pope appeals for children of Yemen ahead of trip to UAE

Pope Francis highlighted "the humanitarian crisis in Yemen", where "the population is exhausted by the long conflict and many children suffer from hunger, but it is not possible to access food stores."  Independent Catholic News.   Read More...

Image: Bishops to visit Holy Land in support of local Christians

Bishops of the Holy Land Coordination, including Bishop Nolan - President of Justice and Peace Scotland, will be making their annual visit in support of Christians in Israel and Palestine next week. This year, they will be focusing on the theme: "Christians in Israel; challenges and opportunities."  Report in ICN 
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2018

Image: pope Francis Message for the 52nd World Day of Peace

Pope Francis has published his message for the 52nd World Day of Peace which takes place on 1st January 2019.  The theme of this years message is: Good politics is at the service of peace. /Read the letter here.    Read More...

Image: Faith to Faith - Walking Through Domestic Abuse

Interfaith Glasgow and St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art warmly invite you to their next Faith to Faith dialogue event where we will hear from the Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse and see their new short film "Walking Through Domestic Abuse".   Read More...

Image: Jim Forest speaking tour on Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day and Daniel Berrigan

Jim Forest, activist, author and International Secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship will be on a speaking tour in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London in between 8 - 13 December.  ICN report.   Read More...

Image: Connect & Encourage  Autumn / Winter 2018

The latest Connect & Encourage is now available to download.   Read More...

Image: Pax Christi Scotland Inaugural Event 23 - 25 November

The First Pax Christi Scotland Event will take place from 23rd-25th November 2018 at Conforti Institute in Coatbridge.  Everyone is invited to register for this free event.  Day places are available.  Contact: anna@confortiinstitute.org    Read More...

Image: Armistice Day 2018

Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, “Peace to you,” grant us peace. Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace. May all peoples of the earth becomes as brothers and sisters. May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all. St John XXIII.   

Image: Archbishop Gallagher's Statement on International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

On September 26, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and Head of the Delegation of the Holy See to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, gave an intervention during the High-Level Plenary Meeting to commemorate and promote The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.   Read More...

Image: This is what anti-nuclear campaigners had to say about the Faslane protest

Justice and Peace Scotland took part in the Nae Nukes Anywhere Rally at Faslane on Saturday 22nd September.  The National newspaper was present at the rally and spoke to some of the protesters including Danny our Social Justice Co-ordinator. Read their comments here.   Read More...

Image: The Political Dimension of Faith is Indispensable” - Bishop Baez of Nicaragua

Auxiliary Bishop, Silvio Jose Baez of Managua, Nicaragua speaks out about the violence the people of Nicaragua are being subjected to at the hands of President Ortega's regime.   Read More...

Image: Religion, Conflict and Peace Course

Explore the diverse and complex roles that religions play in both promoting and mitigating violence.   Read More...

Image: Justice and Peace Scotland statement on UDT Arms Fair Conference, Glasgow

Justice and Peace Scotland took part in the demonstration against the UDT Arms Fair which began at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on Tuesday 26th June.  Read our statement here.   Read More...

Image: UK ‘hides extent of arms sales to Saudi Arabia’

The Guardian have reported how Campaign Against The Arms Trade (CAAT) have uncovered information which shows that UK government licences for ‘less sensitive goods’ are being used to hide the scale of bomb sales to Saudi, bombs that go on to hit civilian targets in Yemen.   Read More...

Image: Pentecost Vigil at Faslane

Bishop Nolan, along with other Christian leaders, was present at the annual Pentecost Vigil, organised by Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms (SCANA) at Faslane on Saturday 26th May. Read what he had to say about the Catholic position on nuclear weapons.

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Image: Bishop calls on UK Government to sign and ratify Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Bishop William Nolan, Bishop of Galloway and President of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops Conference of Scotland, will tomorrow (Saturday 26 May) at 12 noon join other Church leaders and campaigners in calling for the Secretary of State to sign and ratify the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.   Read More...

Image: Peace Education Scotland Youth Peace Academy

A fully funded 3 day youth training programme on all aspects of campaigning work, focusing on the nuclear disarmament movement. Learn all you need to know about nuclear weapons, communication tactics, lobbying activities, grassroots empowerment, legislative change, online engagement, fundraising tools and much more. Applicants should be between 18 and 30 years old and should reside in Scotland.

Details: http://www.peaceeducationscotland.org/peace-academy/   

Image: CAAT to appeal lawfulness of arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Two Court of Appeal judges, Lord Justice Irwin and Lord Justice Flaux have granted permission for Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) to appeal against a High Court judgment which allows the UK Government to continue to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen. The appeal will be heard by the Court of Appeal in the months ahead. As reported in ICN.   Read More...

Image: The battle to unite former child soldiers in peace

BBC news reports how, Peace Provocateurs, an organisation set up to support child soldiers following the end of Indonesia's worst religious conflict, is working to maintian the fragile peace there and to bring comfort to the former child soldiers involved in the conflict.  

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Image: Pope Francis is “deeply disturbed” by international failure to reach peace in Syria

Vatican correspondent, Gerard O'Connell, reports on Pope Francis's response to the bombing of Syria by America, France and the UK in America - The Jesuit Review publication.   Read More...

Image: Statement from the Bishops of Syria

A Statement Issued by the Patriarchates of Antioch and all the East for the Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and Greek-Melkite Catholics

Damascus, 14 April 2018

God is with us; Understand all ye nations and submit yourselves!   Read More...

Image: Christianity & War: reclaiming the nonviolence of Jesus 


A day of prayer, study & organising.

Saturday 3rd March 2018

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2017

Image: Invest in Peace

In our blog this week, Grace Buckley of the J&P Commission offers a thoughtful view of a recently attended event entitled “Invest in Peace”  featuring two parents who have lost children in the conflict in Israel/Palestine   Read More...

Image: Pope Francis speaks out against possessing nuclear weapons.

Pope Francis openly condemns possession of nuclear weapons and moves away from church’s acceptance of deterrence reports PAX.   Read More...

Image: Vatican to host conference on nuclear disarmament

The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, has issued a statement on an upcoming conference on nuclear disarmament. "The Holy Father is working with determination to promote the conditions necessary for a world without nuclear arms," Burke said in a statement on Wednesday. The Director of the Holy See noted that Pope Francis "expressed his resolve in this matter earlier this year, in a 'Message' addressed to the United Nations Conference 'To Negotiate a Legally-Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards Their Total Elimination.

Text of Statement

Pax Christi resources   

Image: Judge finds 'impressive and eloquent' Christian peace activists not guilty

Sam Walton and Rev Daniel Woodhouse have been acquitted today after breaking-in to BAE Systems factory to 'disarm' Typhoon fighter jets. These jets are being used by Saudi-led forces in the ongoing bombardment of Yemen. The UK has licensed £3.8 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since the bombing began in March 2015.

Independent Catholic News

    

Image: UK sales of arms and military kit to Saudi Arabia hit £1.1bn in 2017

The Guardian reports that British sales of military equipment to Saudi Arabia topped £1.1bn in the first half of his year.

Campaign Against the Arms Trade :  Stop Arming Saudi Arabia   

Image: Vatican at UN calls for nuclear-free world

In his Twitter message on 26th September, Pope Francis said: 'Let us commit ourselves to a world without nuclear weapons by implementing the Non-Proliferation Treaty to abolish these weapons of death.' Meanwhile in New York, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican Secretary for Relations with States addressed the United Nations General Assembly, urging governments to do more to prevent wars, protect human dignity and work for a nuclear-free world.

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Image: Holy See ratifies treaty on the prohibition of nuclear arms

On a day in which Pope Francis tweeted: 'I appeal for peace and disarmament: in this world wounded by violence, we need fraternity among peoples' - the Holy See became one of the first entities to sign and ratify a new treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The treaty was signed by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, for the Holy See, and in the name of and on behalf of Vatican City State.

Read the article.   

Image: Open Letter in support of the Nuclear Ban Treaty

As the United Nations open the historic Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty for signatures, church leaders in the UK have signed an open-letter, coordinated by Christian CND, calling for the government to sign up.

Read the letter   

Image: Arms Fair in London

Several blockades and actions took place against the DSEI arms fair at the Excel Centre in East London last week.

CAAT

Christians arrested as thousands protest against the DSEI arms fair

No Faith in War

Protesters begin efforts to disrupt Britain's biggest arms fair   

Image: DSEI Arms Fair, London September 2017 Prayers and actions from Pax Christi

 

The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) Arms Fair takes place in London 11th-15th September, 2017. 

Pax Christi's website offers resources for prayer and reflection.

Day of Peace to Stop the Arms Fair

Silent Vigil to Stop the Arms Fair

 

    

Image: Faith leaders pray for world peace in Japan

Religious leaders have met in Japan to pray for peace in the world and as a response to Pope Francis asking them to foster dialogue, friendship and peace.   Read More...

Image: ICAN Parliamentary Pledge

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons have produced a pledge which they are asking all politicians to sign for the elimination of nuclear weapons.   Read More...

Image: Peace campaigner to appeal bail conditions

The Independent Catholic News reports on Trident Ploughshares campaigner Angie Zelter's appeal on bail conditions. The case arises from her participation in a blockade of the nuclear warhead store at Coulport on Loch Long.   

Image: Scotland's Nonviolence Conference hears message of peace


Read the Independent Catholic News report on the first Scottish Nonviolence Conference at Kinnoul, Perth 14th-16th July 2017. 

The conference was organised by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (England and Scotland) Justice and Peace Scotland and the Church of Scotland. Participants came from groups including the Scottish Episcopalian Church, Quakers, Methodists, Pax Christi, Catholic Church in Scotland, and the Conforti Institute.

Watch the videos of both speakers talks at the link below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUKmIIIRRX_YRS_PlNBAr2A   

Image: Joint Statement on Nuclear Disarmament

Justitia et Pax Europa, Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions and the Committee on International Justice and Peace for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have relased a joint statement on nuclear disarmament - Seeking Human Security.     Read More...

Image: Pope appeals for One Minute for Peace initiative

Pope Francis has appealed for prayers and international participation in the 'One Minute for Peace' initiative to be held Thursday, 8 June, at 1pm Rome time.   Read More...

Image: Eliminate the Arms Trade says Pope Francis

In his latest video message which you can see here, Pope Francis describes as "An absurd contradiction"  those who speak of peace yet promote the arms trade which victimises so many innocent people.

 

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Image: Come Spirit of Peace

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is calling on Christians worldwide to join in prayer for just peace in the Holy Land by taking part in a Pentecost prayer service.   Read More...

Image: COMPETITION Win a place at Scotland's Nonviolence Conference

Are you aged between 18-25 years old and interested in nonviolence?  If so,  Justice and Peace Scotland are providing a funded place at the Scottish Nonviolence Conference - 'Reclaiming Gospel Nonviolence'.  The conference will take place at St Mary's Monastery, Kinnoul, Perth from 14-16th July 2017.  For more information on the conference and details of how to enter our competition.   Read More...

Image: World Day of Peace Message Discussion Guide from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council


In the 50th Message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis issued an uncompromising call for nonviolence as a means to secure justice and peace in the world. He reminds us of the clear words and courageous actions of his predecessors and of many individuals, Christian and non-Christian, who have striven for justice through ‘the sense and love of peace founded upon truth, justice, freedom and love’, to quote St John XXIII.

The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council have prduced a guide to the document.   

Image: Launch of a Global Campaign on Military Spending

A week ago the Ministry of Defence proudly announced that the UK is "stepping up across the globe: the fifth largest defence budget in the world and largest in Europe, rising by around £1Bn a year" How will this promote sustainable security with research and investment into those things that will keep us truly safe?   Read More...

Image: Playing with Fire Nuclear Weapons Incidents and Weapons Accidents in the United Kingdom

 

A new report by Peter Burt for the Nuclear Information Service, published  February 2017, discussing the accident record of the UK's nuclear weapons programme over its 65 year history. It looks across the full scope of the programme, describing the most significant incidents in detail.

Review of the Report      Full Report   

Image: Pope Francis sends a message to the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty Talks

The complete elimination of nuclear weapons is "a moral and humanitarian imperative", says Pope Francis.   Read More...

Image: Hiroshima Survivor Tells her Story

On August 6 1945, when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, I was an 11 year-old girl, 5th grader of a primary school.   Read More...

Image: Terrorist Attack in London

Glasgow Churches Together have responded to the terrorist attack in London by producing a prayer service.

Access on GCT website   

Image: A Time Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945

In 2 weeks time, Monday 27th March 2017  The UN will meet in New York to discuss a Nuclear Ban Treaty.  Watch this powerful film depicting each nuclear explosion since 1945 and watch our website for further information and ways to get involved.   Read More...

Image: Pax Christi welcomes UN decision on nuclear weapons

Pax Christi has isues a statement on the forthcoming negotiations on banning nuclear weapons.

Statement here

Further informaton from Pax Christi   

Image: Scrap Trident Week of Action

The United Nations negotiations in 2017 for a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, supported by a huge majority of the world’s governments start in March in New York. 
ICAN calls for a global Week of Action from 10th to 17th February.

Details on Scrap Trident website

And an interesting take on a serious subject : Global ban on nuclear weapons explained in Scots   

Image: Blessed are the Peacemakers

In our blog, Pat Gaffney, General Secretary of Pax Christi UK, describes a new peace initiative   Read More...

Image: Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

Negotiations for a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty start in March at The United Nations meeting in New York. The Ban is supported by most member states – but not the UK. 


The International Campiagn to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has called for a Worldwide Week of Action from 10th to 17th Feb.

CND is calling on the UK government to play a constructive role in the negotiations and has called a lobby of MPs to give you the chance to persuade your member of Parliament. Lobby your MP

    

Image: Holy Land Coordination

The Bishops' annual visit to Holy Land, 14-19 January, promoted dialogue and the building of bridges on the 50th anniversary of occupation.

The photo shows Bishop William Nolan of Galloway, the President of Justice and Peace Scotland, at the Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza

Further information and final communique


    

Image: Young Peace Journalists Wanted

Pax Christi International is looking for Young Peace Journalists to give a voice to people seeking refuge.

Further Information   

2016

Image: World Day of Peace

The World Day of Peace is 1st January, 2017. 

 

    

Image: The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative

The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative gathered in Rome on 19th December to reflect on and discuss the Holy Father's 2017 World Day of Peace message Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace. The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative grew out of the landmark April 2016 Nonviolence and Just Peace conference, co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International, and is focused on affirming the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church.

More on the December meeting

More on the Catholic Non Violence Initiative   

Image: Christmas Blessings Justice and Peace Scotland wishes everyone a happy and holy Christmas

 

The Justice and Peace Office will close on Thursday 22nd December, 2016, and re-open on Wednesday 4th January, 2017   

Image: Justice and Peace Scotland wishes everyone a happy and holy Christmas

 

The Justice and Peace Office will close on Thursday 22nd December, 2016, and reopen on 4th January, 2017   

Image: Politics for Peace

Pope Francis calls on those who hold public office on the national and international levels to cultivate a nonviolent style in their consciences and in the exercise of their duties. Speaking to the group of diplomats, the Pope dedicated his talk to nonviolence as a “style of politics for peace” – the subject of his message for the World Day of Peace.

Full text of address   

Image: Catholic Nonviolence Initiative

Earlier this week, the Vatican released the text for the World Day of Peace message, to be delivered by Pope Francis on 1 January 2017, the World Day of Peace. The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International, played a central role in suggesting the theme of the message--active nonviolence--as well as consulting on the content. 

Further information is avaiable on the The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative website   

Image: World Peace Day message 2017 released

In his message “Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace,” for the 50th World Day of Peace, celebrated each year on 1 January, Pope Francis urges people everywhere to practice active nonviolence and notes that the “decisive and consistent practice of nonviolence has produced impressive results.”

Further information

Full letter.   

Image: Peace Stories New initiative from Pax Christi

 

Pax Christi International recently convened a team of 10 young people from all over the world, to train to become peace journalists and report about the lives of refugees and asylum seekers. The training and discussions took place exclusively online. Following their training, each team member interviewed a person in their hometown or area who had to flee their home country.

Details on the Pax Christi website.   

Image: Early day motion 594: JOHN AINSLIE Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That this House notes with sadness the passing of Mr John Ainslie, the co-ordinator for the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), on Friday 21 October 2016; recognises that he was a fervent peace advocate and was an influential voice in championing nuclear disarmament; agrees that Mr Ainslie was a leading expert on nuclear issues; highlights the tremendous contribution he made to the Scottish CND, to the movement against nuclear weapons in the UK, and to the wider political community in Scotland; and offers his family and friends deepest condolences through this very difficult time.   Read More...
Image: Pope Francis has called for prayers for Syria on 31 October 2016 The people of Syria are suffering. Countless thousands have been killed. Millions more have been forced to flee their homes. Across the world, Catholics and Christians from other traditions are invited to hold vigils on 31 October as part of a global day of prayer for peace called by Pope Francis while he is visiting the Lutheran church in Sweden.   Read More...
Image: Pax Christi International statement on the occasion of the Action Day for Peace in Syria, 24 October On this UN Day of Action for Peace in Syria, Pax Christi International join all friends of peace around the world in calling the international community: 1. To immediately halt all aerial attacks on Aleppo and to expedite medical evacuations and unimpeded humanitarian access. Simultaneously efforts must be encouraged to restore a nationwide ceasefire with strong monitoring and enforcement mechanisms.    Read More...
Image: ‘Whatever the Penalty: Taking a Stand’ You Tube documentary on WW1 Conscientious Objectors
This short film tells the story of an almost forgotten gathering of Conscientious Objectors in World War One at the old Quaker HQ, Devonshire House in Bishopsgate.  They represented a small minority who defied the 1916 Military Service Act - the law that introduced Conscription to Britain for the first time.   Read More...
Image: Drone Wars: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Control A new campaign briefing from Drone Campaign Network calls for renewed push to challenge the growing use of armed drones.   Read More...
Image: Cardinal Turkson calls for nonviolent solutions to conflicts 'We do not stop war by starting another war'
Pope Francis is giving "very strong recognition" to a landmark conference held at the Vatican last spring that called on the global Catholic church to reject its long-held teachings on just war theory, Cardinal Peter Turkson has said. (National Catholic Reporter)   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees – September 2016 Ten situations deteriorated in August 16 according to the latest CrisisWatch report. Deteriorated Situations:  CAR, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Mali, Korean Peninsula, Kashmir, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, Syria, Libya   Read More...
Image: Webinar: Rome Conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace This is an introductory webinar about a ground-shifting conference on the topic of Gospel nonviolence and just peace, which was held in Rome this past April 2016. The Vatican's Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace was a co-sponsor of the conference.
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Image: UN General Assembly to vote on nuclear ban negotiations Nuclear Information Service research manager David Cullen examines the politics behind recent developments in the progress towards a nuclear weapon ban at the UN.
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Image: Stop Arming Saudi: lobby your MP UK-made weapons are being used in Saudi Arabia's devastating bombing in Yemen, and the government continues to license further arms exports – despite overwhelming evidence of repeated breaches of international humanitarian law.   Read More...
Image: Pope in Assisi: ‘thirst for peace’ 30 years from 1st Day of Prayer Pope Francis will take part in the final meeting of the World Day of Prayer for Peace when he travels to Assisi on Tuesday, 20 September. The World Day of Prayer for Peace concludes a 3-day event organized by the Sant’Egidio Community entitled this year “Thirst of Peace. Religions and Cultures in Dialogue”. It will see the participation of over 450 religious leaders of different faiths gathered to pray for peace and strengthen dialogue in the spirit of Assisi.   Read More...
Image: Pat Gaffney of Pax Christi speaking in Scotland Glasgow and Edinburgh 14th September
Pat Gaffney, Secretary General of Pax Christi, will be visiting Scotland on Wednesday 14 September. Pat recently attended a conference in Rome on Non-violence and Just Peace, which delivered an appeal to the Church to re-commit to the centrality of Gospel nonviolence. Pat will be speaking at three meetings.
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Image: Early Day Motion 401: Children Displaced by War Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That this House is aware of UN estimates that approximately 17,000 children in our world are forced to flee their homes everyday due to wars, in the process experiencing haphazard and dangerous refuge, often having to miss out on their schooling, social welfare and health needs;   Read More...
Image:  Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees – August 2016 Nine Situations Deteriorated in August 16: Central African Republic, Gabon, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey, Syria, Yemen. Improved Situations: Philippines, Colombia

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Image: How global citizens plan to eliminate nuclear weapons & nuclear power In 2015 dozens of peace organisations from across the globe signed the Peace & Planet call to action. They aimed to put pressure on delegates sent to New York to review the implementation of the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the United Nations. (CND)   Read More...
Image: Resources from Pax Christi to commemorate the Hiroshima, Nagasaki anniversaries, 6 and 9 August As we approach the 71st anniversaries of the tragedies at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pax Christi International offers the following resources for prayerful reflection, study and action to commemorate those days and to work toward a world free of nuclear weapons.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees – July 2016
Eight situations deteriorated in July 2106: South Sudan, Mali, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Armenia, Turkey, Syria.  July saw protracted conflicts intensify, attempts to resolve them derail and political crises erupt or deepen.
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Image: Hiroshima Day Memorials in Scotland Join your local Hiroshima & Nagasaki Memorials
71 years ago atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, destroying the cities and killing hundreds of thousands of people.  It is particularly important to remember the real effect of nuclear weapons this year. On 18th July the House of Commons agreed to renew Trident, despite the opposition of 58 of Scotland's 59 MPs. Please come along and support one of these local events.
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Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees – June 2016 Five situations deteriorated in June 16: Central African Republic, Niger, Nigeria, South Sudan, Turkey. Improved Situations: Colombia    Read More...
Image: Pope to world leaders: if you want to help Syrians, stop funding the war In his message for a new campaign promoting peace in Syria, Pope Francis called out world leaders who speak of ending the conflict, but at the same time fund the war through the sale of arms.  'While the people suffer, incredible quantities of money are being spent to supply weapons to fighters,' the Pope said in his video message, published July 5.  (Elise Harris, Catholic News Agency)   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts That Create Refugees - May 2016 Deteriorated Situations: Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Turkey, Venezuela.  Improved Situations: None   Read More...
Image: Peace campaigners welcome Obama visit to Hiroshima, but apology still needed
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said "President Obama's visit to Hiroshima is very welcome. It's a truly historic moment for a US president, for the first time, to visit the place where the United States caused so much devastation and suffering by its use of nuclear weapons.
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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: Bruce Kent reflects on life of Father Daniel Berrigan SJ Some younger Catholics may never have heard of Fr Daniel Berrigan who died on 30 April at the age of 94. This news will bring back a flood of memories especially for those who experienced the peace movement of the Vietnam era. Both he and his brother Philip were heroes to many, and well known worldwide as Catholic radicals. In Dan's case also as a university teacher, significant author and poet.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees April 2016 Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Gambia, Iraq, Macedonia, Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan), Republic of Congo, Syria. April saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces.   Read More...
Image: Civilians pay ultimate price yet again as Syria military & armed groups clash in Aleppo Apparently unlawful attacks by government and armed groups around Aleppo in Syria have killed at least 89 civilians since April 22, 2016. Despite the rising casualties, Western leaders meeting in Hannover, Germany, on April 25 missed an opportunity to focus on the need to protect civilians in Syria. (Human Rights Watch)   Read More...
Image: Nagorno-Karabakh: the frozen conflict on Europe's doorstep A violent escalation in hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh has resulted in casualties and warnings of 'large-scale war'.  Nagorno-Karabakh, roughly translated as 'mountainous black garden', is a landlocked region that became part of Azerbaijan in the 1920s. While media attention is focused on conflicts elsewhere, this is in danger of becoming the unnoticed war brewing on Europe's doorstep. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: The Hammer Blow To mark the 20th anniversary of the historic Seeds of Hope Ploughshares action, Peace News Press has just published Andrea Needham's book, The Hammer Blow, the gripping inside account of how ten women disarmed a warplane bound for genocide in East Timor and were acquitted by a jury     Read More...
Image: £1.7 trillion military spending 'destroying global economy' Conscience, the peace building NGO, is supporting the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) this year (18 April 2016) by raising awareness of the £1.7 trillion spent by governments on war. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees – March 2016 Eight Deteriorated Situations in March 2016:  Belgium, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Libya, Pakistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Western Sahara   Read More...
Image: Calling on Scottish Government to Recognise International Conscientious Objectors Day. Ask Your MSPs to Sign Motion

A motion calling on Scottish Parliament to recognise International Conscientious Objectors’ Day, 15 May, has been lodged by Alison Johnstone MSP. Ask your MSP and your list MSPs to sign the Motion S4M-15865.   Read More...

Image: Saudi arms sales: formal legal action launched! Email your MP CAAT has begun formal legal action in the High Court to challenge the UK government’s continued licensing of arms exports to Saudi Arabia. The focus of their case is Saudi Arabia’s use of UK arms in Yemen. The Saudi-led attacks – using UK-made warplanes and UK-made bombs – have hit refugee camps, schools, hospitals, a wedding and aid facilities. More than 2,000 children have been killed or injured in the fighting. There is overwhelming evidence these attacks have repeatedly breached international humanitarian law.   Read More...
Image: Important European Parliament vote this week URGENT CAAT email Action
The evidence of Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen – bombing schools, hospitals and civilian infrastructure – keeps growing. Yet the UK and other European countries are still supplying the weapons Saudi Arabia needs to carry out these atrocities. The UK has licensed an astounding £2.8 billion of weapons to Saudi Arabia in the six months after the bombing started.   Read More...
Image: Conflicts and Violence Take 'Huge Toll' On Children in 2015 Increasingly complex and widening conflicts have taken a huge toll on children in much of the Middle East in 2015, with parts of Africa and Asia facing protracted and relapsing wars that show no signs of abating, a senior United Nations child rights official said Monday 15th February 2016. Describing in her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council how extreme violence affected countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria and Syria, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, stressed that groups perpetrating extreme violence particularly targeted children.   Read More...
Image: Creating Signs of Hope for Syria Global Call for Acts of Solidarity and Days of Prayer and Fasting for Syria. In solidarity of all victims of this brutal war 15 March 2016: 5 years since the start of the protests. Pax Christi International is calling on our Global Network and all people of good will to organise acts of solidarity and days of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria between 15 and 20 March 2016. We call on individuals and organisations to show solidarity with refugees and victims of war and violence and create signs of hope that peace can come again in Syria.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees – January 2016 Deteriorated Situations: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Korean Peninsula, Yemen   Read More...
Image: Bishop Nolan in delegation turned away from disputed Holy Land barrier

The Holy Land Coordination visit to Palestine saw delegation of bishops join Palestinian Christians fighting against a barrier that divides their land. Bishop William Nolan of Galloway was part of an international delegation turned away from a disputed site in the Holy Land by border police this week. A group of 12 bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America visited the Cremisan Valley on Monday as part of the Holy Land Coordination. (Scottish Catholic Observer)   Read More...

Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - December 2015 5 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in December 2015, according to CrisisWatch 149. Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Niger   Read More...

2015

Image: One in Eight Babies Born in Conflict Zones In 2015 The number of babies born in conflict zones increased by more than 125,000 this year to 16.6 million compared with last year, according to the United Nations. The figure translates to one in eight of all births worldwide in 2015, according to data released by UNICEF. "Can there be a worse start in life?" said Anthony Lake, UNICEF's executive director.   Read More...
Image: Lawyers say government supply of arms to Saudi breaks law The UK Government is breaking national, EU and international law and policy by supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia in the context of its military intervention and bombing campaign in Yemen according to an analysis by eminent international law experts commissioned by Amnesty International and Saferworld, both members of the Control Arms coalition. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - November 2015

Eight actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and two improved in November 2015, according to CrisisWatch 148. Deteriorated Situations: Bangladesh, France, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela   Read More...

Image: Don't Bomb Syria Vigil's Monday 30th November
Don't Bomb Syria: Edinburgh Rally, 5 - 7pm. Monday 30 Nov,East End of Princes St. Glasgow Vigil Venue to be confirmed. Vigil in Biggar. There may be other venues   
Image: Quakers respond to terrorism

'Two years ago the UK parliament was asked to approve bombing government forces in Syria. the proposal was defeated. Shortly, Parliament may well be asked again (but only if a majority is assured) this time to bomb anti Syrian government forces. The reason given seems to be: Well, all our chums are bombing, so the only responsible course is for us to join in. UK Quakers have produced a profoundly useful response to this vacuous violence. It merits close consideration.'   Read More...

Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - October 2015 Deteriorated Situations: Central African Republic, Israel/Palestine, Macedonia, Republic of Congo, South China Sea, Turkey. As armed conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere continued to inflict much suffering and instability around the world, the heads of the UN and International Committee of the Red Cross issued an unprecedented joint warning about the impact of today’s conflicts on civilians and called on states to redouble their efforts to find sustainable solutions to conflicts   Read More...
Image: Pax Christi International Calls for End of Escalating Violence in Palestine and Israel Pax Christi International is deeply distressed at the scenes of escalating violence in Palestine & Israel. Pax Christi International has worked for many years with Palestinian and Israeli human rights and peace organizations to support their work for a just peace in the Middle East based on human rights. Around the world our members and partners are praying for all those whose lives are being destroyed by violence. We are convinced that nonviolent, legal and political solutions are the only way to stop the violence.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts That Create Refugees - September 2015 10 Actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and 3 improved in September 2015, according to CrisesWatch 146. Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen. Conflict Risk Alerts: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - August 2015 9 Actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and 3 improved in August 2015, according to CrisisWatch 145. Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen   Read More...
Image: Early Day Motion 152: Drones and the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review Parliament is now in recess, but your MP might be able to sign the motion electronically, or can sign it when Parliament resumes.  Early Day Motion (EDM) 152 calls on the government, as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review, to investigate the ethical issues associated with the use of armed drones and specifically calls on the Government “to devise and disclose a distinct and overarching policy on the use of British military drones as part of British defence strategy.”   Read More...
Image:  Day of Prayer against the Arms Trade Sunday 13 September The Day of Prayer against the arms trade is taking place on Sunday 13 September; just a few days before one of the world's largest arms fairs is due to take place in London. A pack is available, which includes ideas for events and actions, bible readings, hymns and prayers. "For Christians, turning swords into ploughshares is not just a biblical injunction but an inspiration to our modern world to act against war and those who wage it".  Alun Morinan, Christian Network Co-ordinator 2005-2010   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - July 2015 Deteriorated Situations: Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Kashmir, Turkey, Yemen. July saw a worsening of the situation in Yemen, where nearly 2,000 civilians have been killed since the war started in March, while in Turkey a dramatic escalation in violence led to the collapse of the state's two-year-old ceasefire with Kurdish insurgents   Read More...
Image: Scotland remembers Hiroshima 21 events will take place across Scotland to mark the 70th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs. They will be held in Aberdeen, Anstruther, Ayr, Coatbridge, Dunbar, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Helensburgh, Irvine, Kilmarnock, Paisley, Rutherglen and Stirling.  (From Scottish CND)   Read More...
Image: UN Independent Commission of Inquiry (Gaza) - Westminster Hall debate 8 July/2015 marks a year since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, a conflict that lasted 51 days, claimed 2,251 lives, including the lives of 551 children, displaced more than half a million people, and destroyed 77 health facilities and 261 schools. Each day, an average of 680 tank and artillery shells pummelled the densely populated areas of Gaza, leaving barely anywhere safe. Although the report recognises that Israel issued warnings to people to evacuate, there was often nowhere for them to evacuate to and no means of escaping the conflict zone. (House of Commons: 8 July 201   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - June 2015 Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Chad, Kuwait, Myanmar, Tunisia. Extremist violence again dominated the month, with deadly attacks hitting Tunisia, Kuwait and Chad, while in Afghanistan the Taliban made further territorial gains and launched an unprecedented number of attacks.   Read More...
Image: 30 Million Children Displaced by Conflict in 2014 Almost 60 million people worldwide were forcibly uprooted by conflict and persecution at the end of last year, the highest ever recorded number, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday, warning that the situation could deteriorate further. More than half the displaced from crises including Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia were children, UNHCR said in its annual Global Trends Report. (Joseph D'Urso, Thomson Reuters Foundation)   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - May 2015 10 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and 2 improved in May 2015, according to CrisisWatch N°142.  Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, Korean Peninsula, Macedonia, Pakistan, South China Sea, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Yemen   Read More...
Image: Millions in Iraq need greater humanitarian support, says top UN official

Millions of people are in need of a greater assistance across Iraq, says Stephen O’Brien, the new Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, following a two-day visit to the strife-torn country. “It’s imperative at this critical time we do more to mitigate the suffering of the Iraqi people. Much has been done, but the needs continue to increase and more is needed,” stated Mr. O’Brien, who assumed his post as UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the beginning of June. (Ekklesia)   Read More...

Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - April 2015 8 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and one improved in April 2015, according to CrisisWatch N°141. Deteriorated Situations: Burundi, Chad, Colombia, Kashmir, Nepal, South Sudan, Ukraine, Yemen   Read More...
Image: Write to your MEP: Put a stop to conflict minerals In sourcing resources coming from conflict-affected or high-risk areas, European businesses are at risk of fuelling violence to the detriment of human rights, peace and development. In this way, “blood minerals” find their way into our computers, our telephones, our cars.   Read More...
Military Investment is still a Significant Global Problem
On this Global Day of Action on Military Spending, 13 April 2015, Pax Christi International expresses deep concern about the scandal of excessive military spending in a world where human and ecological well-being are in dire need of investment. Figures recently published by SIPRI, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, estimate world military expenditures in real terms for 2014 at roughly $ 1.8 trillion, a significant increase from the already shocking $ 1.75 trillion spent in 2013.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - March 2015

3 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and 4 improved in March 2015, according to CrisisWatch N°140.  Deteriorated Situations: Burundi, South Sudan, Yemen. Improved Situations: Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, Myanmar, Nigeria   Read More...

Image: Warfare or welfare? - Contact your MP Last month the arms industry held a £246/head dinner. Over 40 MPs from across the three main political parties attended to 'network' with hundreds of arms company representatives. CAAT interrupted the dinner to highlight the scandal of spending billions on war while the basic needs of millions of people in this country are not being met. Can you help make sure all MPs get this message?   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - February 2015

8 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in February 2015, according to CrisisWatch N°139. Deteriorated Situations: Libya, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen   Read More...

Image: Pax Christi International statement on the Violent Conflict in Syria Ending the War and Saving Lives must be Top Priority
Syria’s popular uprising started in the city of Dara in March 2011. The merciless actions of the Syrian Government – whose campaign of violent repression against what were originally peaceful protesters began four long years ago – have now morphed into wave upon wave of pitiless assaults by all sides. The Syrian conflict has killed well in excess of 200.000 people, and continues to kill more every day. It has involved the torture and ill-treatment of countless others; forced millions to flee; and deprived even more of the basic conditions for a decent life, including the rights to education, food, healthcare and housing.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - February 2015

8 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in February 2015, according to CrisisWatch N°139.  Deteriorated Situations: Libya, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen   Read More...

Image: Afghan Minister Halts Deportations to Afghanistan Newly elected minister for refugees and repatriation Mr. Hussain Alami Balkhi has now written to all countries to stop all repatriation and forced expulsions to Afghanistan. In an audio interview the Minister urges all the deporting countries to halt deportations to Afghanistan. The ministers says; situation in Afghanistan was getting better after 2011 that is why MOUs were signed with some European countries including Norway to return those Afghans back to Afghanistan who are coming from safe provinces and they are able to return back to their own provinces. In the MOU it was clearly stated that those refugees who are coming from dangerous provinces won't be returned. It was also agreed in the MOU that women and children won't be returned back to Afghanistan.   Read More...
Image: Afghanistan: UN Annual Report Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict "The conflict took an extreme toll on civilians in 2014. Mortars, IEDs, gunfire and other explosives destroyed human life, stole limbs and ruined lives at unprecedented levels. The thousands of Afghan children, women and men killed and injured in 2014 attest to failures to protect civilians from harm. All parties must uphold the values they claim to defend and make protecting civilians their first priority."   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - January 2015 8 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and 1 improved in January 2015, according to CrisisWatch N°138. Deteriorated Situations: Bangladesh, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Sudan, Ukraine, Yemen   Read More...
Image: Bishops witness devastation in Gaza An international group of bishops spent their first day in the Holy Land yesterday, in Gaza, where they saw at first hand the impact of last summer's conflict which claimed the lives of more than 2,100 Palestinians, including 504 children,  and 70 Israelis. Much of the densely-populated territory, which is only 25 miles long and seven miles wide at its broadest point, was repeatedly bombed.   Read More...
A bomb strapped to a girl aged around 10 years old exploded in a busy market place in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday 10 Jan, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 20, security sources said. "The explosive devices were wrapped around her body and the girl looked no more than 10 years old," a police source said. (Reuters Foundation, 10/01/15)   Read More...
Image: Calls for publication of Chilcot Inquiry on Iraq before General Election The UK government is facing calls for the publication of the Chilcot report into the causes of the war in Iraq as a matter of urgency before the general election on 7 May 2015. Disarmament advocates and politicians - including the Stop the War Coalition and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament - have repeatedly made this call, which was renewed as a demand at Westminster. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Organised Crime And Conflict: The New Challenge For Peacebuilding 1.5 billion people (about one quarter of the world's population) continue to live in fear of violence. War, characterised by formal peace agreements and U.N. peacekeeping operations, is being replaced by insecurity caused by urban and cross-border crime, such as drugs, human trafficking and gun trade. According to the report, such violence poses one of the biggest threats to development in the 21st century. Experts are warning of a new epidemic caused by a rise in the number of 'fragile cities' in the world - spaces where violence is flourishing and creating humanitarian crises on par with war zones. (Phil Champain, TRF, 08/12/14)   Read More...

2014

Image: Campaign Against the Arms Trade Ten ways we had an impact on the arms trade in 2014
Take CAAT's whistle stop tour of some of the amazing things that you have helped achieve this year. In 2014, the UK's shameful role in arming countries involved in conflict and human rights abuses has been all too apparent. In July, Israel launched its ground offensive in Gaza and the Malaysian airlines passenger jet was shot down in Ukraine. In the same week, Israeli, Russian and Ukrainian weapons companies touted for sales alongside each other at Farnborough International arms fair.   Read More...
Image: Remember the Christmas Truce of 1914 Five months after the start of World War I, along the Western Front, where already hundreds of thousands of soldiers from throughout Europe, India, Australia, and Canada had lost their lives, so-called enemies ventured from their trenches to talk with each other, retrieve corpses, share gifts from home, tell jokes, sing songs, and kick around make-shift footballs.  The Scottish peace movement are gathering in Glasgow on Christmas Eve at 1:30 pm to remember the Christmas truce of 1914. Assemble at Dewar's statue in Glasgow city centre.   Read More...
Image: Take One Action film Open Bethlehem + director Q&As
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness. Armed with her camera and a dilapidated family car that keeps breaking down, Bethlehem-born Leila Sansour returns to her childhood home to make a deeply personal film about a legendary town in crisis. 11- 14th Dec   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - November 2014 4 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and one improved in October 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°136. Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Colombia, Egypt, Kenya   Read More...
Image: Early day motion 459  - US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That the Amendment, done at Washington on 22 July 2014, to the Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the government of the United States of America for Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defense Purposes (Cm. 8947), a copy of which was laid before this House on 16 October 2014, should not be ratified   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - October 2014

8 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in October 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°135. Burkina Faso; Central African Republic; Yemen; Lebanon; Venezuela; Mexico; Kasmir. Iraq   Read More...

Image: Early Day Motion 350: Income Tax and Military Activity Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
John McDonnell MP has produced an Early Day Motion calling on MPs to support a tax shift away from military activity towards non-military conflict resolution. Get your MP to back EDM 350 - so we can all have the opportunity to pay for peace   Read More...
Image: Why can’t the world follow the Pope’s lead? War is rather like alcohol—it goes to people’s heads. Not long ago the House of Commons had an emergency debate about IS, the Muslim terror group which has taken large parts of Iraq and Syria. Over 500 MPs voted for bombing. Only just over 40 voted ‘No’. Pope Francis’s wise words were not noticed or heeded. Take the issue to the UN Security Council, said he, and let the UN find ways of dealing with IS. The UN has been marginalised for years by major powers adopting military solutions. Military solutions look like a quick fix but usually make matters worse. (Bruce Kent, NJPN Universe column)   Read More...
Image: Stop Arming Israel: legal challenge launched - Email your MP This month UK-made tear gas was turned on democracy protesters in Hong Kong, but the government has not stopped the sales From Israel to Hong Kong, the UK's arms export controls system is broken. We have to change the game. The government's own rules state that it should not allow weapons to be sold where there is a significant risk that they might be used for internal repression or in violation of international humanitarian law.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - September 2014

4 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in September 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°134. Deteriorated Situations: Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen   Read More...

Image: Scots Dad welcomes major milestone for Arms Trade Treaty. Legislation will enter into force within months
David Grimason, whose son was killed by a gunman with an illegal weapon, has strongly welcomed news that today 50 states will have ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). It means the global Treaty will enter into international law before the end of the year. A group of states will jointly announce they have ratified the Treaty at an event at the United Nations in New York - taking it beyond the 50 required to enter into force. (Sara Cowan, Oxfam Scotland)   Read More...
Image: Amidst armed conflict, Ukraine becomes 119th signatory to the Arms Trade Treaty Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) as part of his visit to the opening of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Control Arms welcomes Ukraine joining the Treaty and urges them to begin the ratification process as soon as possible. The ATT, once ratified and implemented, will reduce the flow of weapons into – as well as out of – the country, which will ultimately help make Ukraine a safer place.   Read More...
Image: Week of Action against Drones 4-11 Oct    The use of unmanned drones to launch so-called ‘risk free’ attacks in remote areas of the world has rocketed over the past decade. While manufacturers and operators insist that drones are precise and pinpoint accurate, researchers have documented hundreds of civilians deaths in drone strikes – and there are likely to be many more.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - August 2014

12 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in August 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°133. Deteriorated Situations: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Kashmir, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen   Read More...

Image: FOI records reveal nuclear warhead convoy safety faults Brake failures, vehicle breakdowns, false alarms, and map-reading errors are among dozens of safety incidents which have plagued convoys carrying nuclear weapons and military special nuclear materials on Britain's roads over the last seven years, according to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.  (Nuclear Information Service)   Read More...
Image: Postcards for peace in Gaza To mark three weeks since the Israeli military incursion into Gaza began, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is asking supporters around the world to send postcards to the UN General Secretary, Ban Ki Moon, telling him the world is watching what he does in forging a lasting peace. The action is in solidarity with the people of Gaza and in particular the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU).   Read More...
Image: Pax Christi International: Stop Arms Deliveries to Syria The tragedy of war and the horrendous suffering of the Syrian people continue without respite. Pax Christi International believes that this armed confrontation – which continues to destabilize the region affecting mostly civilians – can be stopped if the international community focuses on promoting serious political negotiations and discourages violence in all its forms.   Read More...
Image: Stop Arming Israel - CAAT email Action As lives continue to be torn apart in Gaza, it seems likely that UK arms exports have played a direct role in Israel's attacks. In 2009, David Miliband, then Foreign Secretary, confirmed that Israeli weapons used in Gaza in the 2008-9 conflict 'almost certainly'" contained UK-supplied components. Yet the UK has approved over £47 million in arms sales to Israel since then – and spends millions on buying its 'battle-tested' weapons exports.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - June 2014

7 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in July 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°132. Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan   Read More...

Image: SCIAF launch an emergency appeal for Gaza and people trapped in conflict zones all over the world Since early July, hundreds of innocent civilians – many of them children – have been killed in Gaza. Over 7,500 homes destroyed by bombs, shells and rocket fire. Refugee camps, hospitals, schools, and places of worship have been hit. Many people have no electricity, no running water, no doctors. These people need help, so SCIAF have launched an emergency Conflict Appeal.   Read More...
Image: Rape as Torture in The DRC: Sexual Violence Beyond the Conflict Zone

Often dubbed the 'rape capital of the world', the Democratic Republic of Congo has seen an alarming increase in rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war since the conflict in the early 1990's, and remains one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman.  But new research published by Freedom from Torture shows that persecutory rape, including gang rape and multiple rape, is also being used routinely by state officials in the DRC to punish politically active women, in the country's capital Kinshasa and other regions outside the armed conflict region.   Read More...

Image: Nuclear bombs driven through Glasgow A convoy of more than 20 military vehicles drove through the centre of Glasgow on the M74 shortly after midnight on the 10th of July.. The convoy included four special lorries which transport Trident nuclear bombs. The convoy was stopped for one hour near Loch Lomond by protestors from Faslane Peace Camp. One climbed on top of a nuclear transporter. Four peace campers were arrested.   Read More...
Image: Iraqi Christians' Flee Violence, Fear End of Long History The violence in Iraq is hastening the end of nearly 2,000 years of Christianity there as the few remaining faithful flee Islamic State militants, archbishops from Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk said on Wednesday. War and sectarian conflict have shrunk Iraq's Christian population to about 400,000 from 1.5 million before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, and now even those who stayed are leaving for Turkey, Lebanon and western Europe, the prelates said on a visit to Brussels seeking European Union help to protect their flocks.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - June 2014 6 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in June 2014. Deteriorated Situations: Iraq, Kenya, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Yemen   Read More...
Image: Murder And Rape Ever-Present Threats in DR Congo Congolese soldiers march through the night, but not towards battle. In the dark, they are hunting for women who have fled their homes in Minova to hide in the bushes. The women know that if they are seen, they will be raped and maybe killed. The army has been ordered to retreat to the town, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Its young soldiers, 2,000 of them, fire gunshots in the air. The commander gives an order. "Go and rape women," he says. The soldiers obey. (Kitty Knowles , Chiara Rimella, Indpendent, 08/06/14)   Read More...
Image: Early Day Motion 49: Treatment Of Palestinian Children Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That this House notes that Israeli forces continue to use excessive force including live ammunition and rubber coated metal bullets on unarmed protestors, including children and that 1,400 people have been killed in this way since 2000; further notes the lack of transparency in the investigation of such incidents; acknowledges the excellent work that Defence for Children International Palestine do in increasing awareness of these deaths;   Read More...
Image: Sarajevo Peace Event 2014 In June 1914, 100 years ago, the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand became the spark that set off the bloody carnage of World War One. In June 2014 women and men are gathering in Sarajevo for an International Peace Event. All the people gathering in the ancient city this week-end are working for a world where national and international disputes are resolved through mediation and negotiation rather than by violence   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - May 2014

5 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and two improved in April 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°130.  Deteriorated Situations Kenya, Libya, South China Sea, Thailand, Yemen.   Read More...

Image: Conscientious Objectors Day Vigil. Remembering & in solidarity with all who have refused to take part in wars past & present. Reading the names of WW1 COs, Recollections from WW2 COs and family of WW1 COs. Protest in Harmony. Penny Stone. Bring poems, songs, reflections. Organised by EP&JC and Fellowship of Reconciliation Scotland. Thursday 15 May, 4:00 – 6:00pm. The Mound, by the National Gallery.   
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - April 2014

4 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and one improved in April 2014, according to Crisis Watch N°129. Deteriorated Situations: Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Ukraine    Read More...

Image: Palestinian displacement blocking 'just peace', churches tell EU APRODEV and CIDSE, two influential church-related development networks, have condemned the forced displacement of Palestinians in the West Bank, which they say is "uprooting any chance of a just peace".  They urge the European Union (EU) to address systematically issues of property destruction and forced displacements, to protect the rights of Palestinians. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Easter Witness for Peace - 12 April 2014 Archbishop Tartagalia was amongst the speakers at the Easter Witness for Peace at Faslane on 12 April 2014. This is organised every year by Scottish Christians against Nuclear Weapons. There was a good representation of Justice and Peace activists. The Archbishop reminded us of the Scottish Catholic Bishops consistent record of opposition to nuclear weapons.   Read More...
Image: Nigeria: 1,500 Killed In Armed Conflict Q1/2014

Since the start of 2014, more than 1,500 people have been killed in north-eastern Nigeria. People are living in a climate of fear and insecurity, vulnerable to attack from Islamist armed group Boko Haram on the one hand and facing human rights violations at the hands of the very state security forces which should be protecting them. In light of this context, the ongoing intensity of the confrontation and the organisation of the clashing actors, Amnesty International considers the situation to be a non-international armed conflict.   Read More...

Image: Early Day Motion 1173: European Parliament Resolution On Drones

Please ask your MP to sign this EDM. That this House welcomes the European Parliament's resolution of 27 February 2014 that calls on member states to oppose the practice of extrajudicial targeted killing through use of armed drones outside the framework of international law; calls on member states to ensure they do not facilitate such killings by other states; further calls on member states to promote greater transparency and accountability on the part of all states using armed drones   Read More...

Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - February 2014

10 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and one improved in February 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°127. Deteriorated Situations: Burundi, Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, Thailand, Ukraine, Venezuela, Syria, Libya   Read More...

Image: Nuclear weapons no longer relevant to UK’s security needs A recent report from the Nuclear Education Trust has concluded that ‘for now and foreseeable future [there is] no nuclear threat to UK’. The report has taken evidence from a wide range of senior establishment figures in politics and the military. There is an urgent need for a wider and more informed public and Parliamentary debate on nuclear weapons – and especially whether they do or do not contribute to UK's security. It also questions the legality of current plans to upgrade Trident.

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Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - January 2014 12 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and two improved in Janary 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°126. Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan), South Sudan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine.   Read More...
Image: Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan up 14% Last Year

According to a new report released on Saturday by the United Nations,  which also found that it was the worst year since 2009 in terms of the number of women and children killed or injured as a result of conflict-related violence. The 2013 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, produced by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), recorded a total of 8,615 civilian casualties with 2,959 civilian deaths and 5,656 injured last year. The figures mark a 7 per cent increase in deaths and a 17 per cent increase in injuries as compared to 2012, the Mission said in a news release. Since 2009, the armed conflict has claimed the lives of 14,064 Afghan civilians and injured thousands more   Read More...

Image: Nuclear weapons driven through Glasgow

In the early hours of Wed 29 Jan a 19-vehicle military convoy drove through Glasgow on the M74. It was transporting nuclear weapons from the Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield in Berkshire to the nuclear weapons' store at Coulport on Loch Long. It arrived at Coulport at 1.25 am. MSPs condemn transport of nuclear warheads through Scotland. NEW Twenty five Members of the Scottish Parliament have supported a motion condemning the transport of nuclear weapons through Scotland after a nuclear warhead convoy was spotted travelling along the M74 motorway earlier this week   Read More...

Image: Peace requires humble strength, says Pope Francis In remarks made after a Mass to mark World Peace Day, marked by Catholics at the beginning of the New Year, Pope Francis said that peace is rooted in the strength of humility. "Peace requires the force of meekness, the non-violent strength of truth and of love," he stressed, congratulating a range of church-related agencies, including Pax Christi.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - December 2013

11 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in December 2013, according to CrisisWatch N°125, Deteriorated Situations: Bangladesh: , CAR. China/Japan, DR Congo, Egypt, Korean Peninsula, Lebanon, North Caucaus (Russia), South Sudan, Thailand, Yemen   Read More...

Resources


Image: Holy Land Coordination 2019

Bishop Nolan, President of Justice and Peace Scotland has recently returned from the Holy Land with the Holy Land Coordination which aims to support Christians in the area.  Read their report on the visit here.



Image: pope Francis Message for the 52nd World Day of Peace

Pope Francis has published his message for the 52nd World Day of Peace which takes place on 1st January 2019.  The theme of this years message is: Good politics is at the service of peace. /Read the letter here. 



Image: Pax Christi Scotland Event 23 -25 November

Conforti Event 23 -25 November 2018



Image: Archbishop Gallagher's Statement on International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

On September 26, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and Head of the Delegation of the Holy See to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, gave an intervention during the High-Level Plenary Meeting to commemorate and promote The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.



Image: Justice and Peace Scotland statement on UDT Arms Fair Conference, Glasgow

Justice and Peace Scotland took part in the demonstration against the UDT Arms Fair which began at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on Tuesday 26th June.  Read our statement here.



Image: Statement from the Bishops of Syria

A Statement Issued by the Patriarchates of Antioch and all the East for the Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and Greek-Melkite Catholics

Damascus, 14 April 2018

God is with us; Understand all ye nations and submit yourselves!



Image: Ash Wednesday Liturgy


Image: Joint Statement on Nuclear Disarmament

Justitia et Pax Europa, Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions and the Committee on International Justice and Peace for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have relased a joint statement on nuclear disarmament - Seeking Human Security.  



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02/05/2017
COMPETITION
Win a place at Scotland's Nonviolence Conference

Are you aged between 18-25 years old and interested in nonviolence?  If so,  Justice and Peace Scotland are providing a funded place at the Scottish Nonviolence Conference - 'Reclaiming Gospel Nonviolence'.  The conference will take place at St Mary's Monastery, Kinnoul, Perth from 14-16th July 2017.  For more information on the conference and details of how to enter our competition.



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Discussion Guide from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council


In the 50th Message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis issued an uncompromising call for nonviolence as a means to secure justice and peace in the world. He reminds us of the clear words and courageous actions of his predecessors and of many individuals, Christian and non-Christian, who have striven for justice through ‘the sense and love of peace founded upon truth, justice, freedom and love’, to quote St John XXIII.

The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council have prduced a guide to the document.



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07/04/2017
Playing with Fire
Nuclear Weapons Incidents and Weapons Accidents in the United Kingdom

 

A new report by Peter Burt for the Nuclear Information Service, published  February 2017, discussing the accident record of the UK's nuclear weapons programme over its 65 year history. It looks across the full scope of the programme, describing the most significant incidents in detail.

Review of the Report      Full Report



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Glasgow Churches Together have responded to the terrorist attack in London by producing a prayer service.

Access on GCT website



Image: Fund for Peace - Fragile States Index 2014
Index compiled/researched by 'Fund for Peace' - An independent, nonpartisan,  non-profit research and educational organization that works to prevent violent conflict and promote sustainable security. Top ten worst countries in 2013: South Sudan, Somalia, Central African Republic , DR Congo, Sudan, Chad, Afghanistan, Yemen, Haiti, Pakistan.



Image: Afghanistan: Media Focus on Fighting, Ignore Grim Reality of Daily Life
The Afghan crisis, now well into its fourth decade, has many layers. The military and political dimensions of the crisis grab the headlines. But the structural violence and poor governance that underpin it-grinding poverty, rampant abuse of power, criminalized economy, parlous condition of women and girls, poor access to health and other services-receives much less attention. This report focuses on the lives and vulnerabilities of those affected by the crisis.  Reliefweb: Humanitarianism in Uncertain Times



Image: Sixty years of British nuclear weapons history

To mark the sixtieth anniversary of the first UK atomic test explosion – ‘Operation Hurricane’ at the Monte Bello islands off the north-west coast of Australia in October 1952 - Nuclear Information Service has prepared an interactive timeline showing the history of the United Kingdom’s nuclear weapons programme. The timeline shows the importance of key events in the British nuclear weapons programme – both political and technical – from World War Two, when the UK first commenced research into atomic weapons, looking forward to the forthcoming decision on whether to replace Trident which will be taken after the next election. It also shows how international events have influenced the UK's nuclear programme over six decades.







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A Human Rights Watch report on Israel’s Control of Palestinian Residency in the West Bank and Gaza. This report describes the arbitrary exclusion by the Israeli military of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians since 1967 and documents the impact that exclusion continues to have on individuals and families.



UN report warns of disturbing trend of attacks against schools during armed conflicts
An increasing number of parties to armed conflicts around the world are deliberately attacking schools or forcing them to close in a disturbing and growing trend, according to a United Nations report released today. The annual report of the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict finds that out of 22 conflicts that were monitored, attacks against schools and hospitals were reported in at least 15. Reliefweb 11/05/11 



New report.



Pax Christi




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STUC and Scottish CND report
The STUC and Scottish CND published a report in March 2007, on the economic implications of cancelling Trident.



Image: Paisley Diocesan Trident Leaflet




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Easter Sunday 2006
The Easter Sunday sermon preached by Cardianl O'Brien at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, with a focus on the Trident nuclear weapon system.



First 21 pages of document is the debate on Trident.



Statement by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Scotland. 11 April 2006