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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: Pope lifts beatification ban on Archbishop Oscar Romero

Pope Francis has lifted a ban on the beatification of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. An outspoken critic of the military regime during El Salvador's bloody civil war, Archbishop Romero was shot dead while celebrating Mass in 1980. (BBC News)   Read More...

Image: Ask your MP Support the International Development Bill Forty years ago the UK Government committed to investing 0.7% of our national income in aid. Four years ago all three major UK political parties said they would enshrine that commitment in law. On Friday 12th September, that promise could be fulfilled with the second reading of the International Development Bill. The Bill, proposed by Michael Moore MP, is the last opportunity for this government to keep its promise to the UK electorate and to the world's poorest people. The rules in parliament are complicated, but if 100 supportive MPs turn up, there is a good chance of turning this long-held pledge into law.







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Image: Home Office - asylum support rates will remain unchanged following review, despite legal challenge The Home Office  announced on 12 August, that the cripplingly low level of support paid to people seeking asylum in the UK will remain unchanged. This decision follows a landmark legal battle by Refugee Action which resulted in the High Court ordering the Home Office to review the level of support. Refugee Action is warning that this disappointing decision will continue to push some of the most vulnerable individuals and families in our society further into poverty. Thousands of people who are banned by the government from working are being forced to live on as little as £5.23 a day.   Read More...
Image: The Commonwealth Games, principles and protest The 2014 Commonwealth Games brought moments of sporting glory, to Glasgow. It also brought protests exposing the gap between Commonwealth ideals and reality in many member countries. The very existence of the Commonwealth, originating from the British empire, raises questions. Nevertheless it offers opportunities for international cooperation and exchange. The Commonwealth Charter commits members to high ideals including democracy, human rights, peace, sustainable development and environmental protection. Yet many – the UK included – fall short, with little real challenge. (Ekklesia)   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...


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