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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: Immigration Statistics, April to June 2014 Published 28 August 2014

Removals and Voluntary Departures: There were 12% fewer (-1,744) enforced removals from the UK in the year ending June 2014 (12,415), the lowest figure since the series began in 2004. However there was a much larger, 3,940 increase (+12%) in total voluntary departures, to 37,216. Over the same period the number of passengers refused entry at port and who subsequently departed increased by 3% (+424) to 14,671.   Read More...

Image: Burma: 20,000 People Have Risked Lives Crossing the Indian Ocean In its Irregular Maritime Movements report, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has revealed that an estimated 87,000 people have embarked on dangerous journeys across Southeast Asian waters since July 2012 in order to escape the violence in Burma's Rakhine State. 53,000 are thought to have journeyed in the 12 months ending June 2014, an increase of 61 per cent. (The Independent)   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: Biased and Unjust : The Immigration Detention Complaints Process The report 'Biased and Unjust : The Immigration Detention Complaints Process' (published 27 Aug), examines complaints - that Medical Justice assisted detainees to make - nearly half of which were escalated to an Ombudsman, illustrating the failure of the Home Office to investigate adequately. Though not accused of a crime, 30,000 immigrants each year are detained indefinitely.   Read More...
Image: Unlocking Detention Immigration detention centres: Out of sight, out of mind?
Unless you know somebody personally who is detained, you are very unlikely to ever visit an immigration detention centre, know where they are, or be able to imagine what conditions are like for people in detention.   Read More...
Image: Private firms 'are using detained immigrants as cheap labour' G4S and Serco saving millions by paying detainees as little as £1 an hour to cook and clean, claim campaigners
Home Office figures showed that in May this year, detainees in centres run by Serco, G4S and other contractors did nearly 45,000 hours of work for a total of nearly £45,500 in pay. Had they been paid at the national minimum wage, the cost would have been more than £280,000"  (Kevin Rawlinson, The Guardian, 22 August)   Read More...


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