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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: YES or NO Trident has got to go. North Gate Faslane Saturday 20 September 12 noon.

After the historic Referendum Vote this is an opportunity to do something practical and symbolic.. Whether we are celebrating or commiserating with each other - one thing remains clear. The campaign against nuclear weapons will not stop until they are removed, and nothing will make that clearer than our presence at Faslane a mere two days after the vote.  All invited to join Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Weapons in a short sharp event – part demo/part symbolic action. Bring a picnic.   Read More...

Image: Act now to end child slavery in the chocolate industry Much of the chocolate we enjoy may be tainted by child slavery. Anti-Slavery International’s latest research shows the continuation of child trafficking, a form of modern slavery, to cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast, which produces almost 40% of the world’s cocoa. Instead of going to school young boys are forced to spend long days hacking open cocoa pods with machetes, handling dangerous pesticides and carrying heavy loads - work that is deemed extremely hazardous, can lead to injury and ill-health, and that no young child should have to do.   Read More...
Image: Asylum Seekers Locked Out of Homes Vulnerable asylum seekers are being locked out of their homes and left destitute without warning. Campaigners claim that Orchard & Shipman, the housing provider which works on behalf of Serco and the Home Office, is routinely performing lock changes on the homes of people who have been refused asylum. In documents seen by the Evening Times, Serco protocol says a legal process to secure an eviction order should be followed. However, campaigners say they are concerned that this is not being followed, and are calling for action to stop the lock changes. (Glasgow Evening Times 09/09/14)   Read More...

Image: How can our faith help us in our reflection on the upcoming Independence Referendum?

What are our hopes and dreams for our nation, whatever the outcome of the vote? If you would like to take time to reflect on these questions, and support others to do the same, why not lead a Referendum reflection group? The aim of the groups is to assist parishioners in reflecting on the referendum through the prism of faith; in particular to consider what our hopes are for our nation, and what values we wish to foster whatever the outcome of the vote in September. Materials are available here, written by Miriam McHardy from The Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.   

Image: The Extent and Impact of Asylum Accommodation Problems in Scotland Asylum housing report rings alarm bells

Leaking ceilings, infestations, people with no keys to their building, subject to racist abuse and whose concerns are routinely ignored... Our latest report raises serious concerns about the quality of asylum housing in Scotland and calls for an urgent review.   Read More...

Image: Protect Migrant Domestic Workers The UK government should address, not dismiss, evidence that employers have abused migrant domestic workers in the UK, Human Rights Watch and the UK charity Kalayaan have said. A draft law before parliament is aimed at combating forced labor and other criminal offences but does not address a visa system that contributes to the abuse of migrant domestic workers by their employers.  Human Rights Watch, 04/09/14   Read More...


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