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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: Catholic MP blasts “awful” British immigration policy at J&P Conference “Many asylum seekers in Britain are at near destitute levels because the government doesn’t want to be seen to be soft on asylum seekers,” Sarah Teather MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees, told the annual gathering of the English and Welsh National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) on Sunday.   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: UK 'Sleepwalking Into Violating Disabled People's Human Rights' The UK government is risking "systematic violation" of international human rights law in its treatment of disabled people, charities claim. Britain is a signatory to a binding UN convention on the rights of people with disabilities, and the international covenant on economic, social and cultural rights. Austerity measures and welfare reforms such as the bedroom tax mean the rights of disabled people to independent living, work, and social security have been undermined, causing significant hardship, say campaigners,  (The Guardian, 07/07/14)   Read More...
Image: Tough Love or Tough Luck Two reports published by the Scottish Government Welfare Reform Committee in June highlight the real and damaging impact of sanctions and benefit reforms across Scotland. Evidence shows the biggest impact of welfare reform falls on the poorest and especially those living in Glasgow whose working age residents lose the equivalent of £620 a year although a number of other older industrial areas across Scotland are also hit hard. The reports are available here.



  


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