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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: International Community has Duty to Protect Minorities It is the international community's duty to draw lessons from the horrific violence and atrocious crimes facing minorities around the world to prevent them from being repeated, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said at a forum on minority issues. Speaking to the 7th Session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues on "Preventing and Addressing Violence and Atrocity Crimes Targeted against Minorities," Mr. Eliasson explained that simply saying "never again" is not enough.   Read More...
Image: Christmas Greeting Card Campaign If you would like to send greeting cards to prisoners of conscience this Christmas, the following organisations have lists of prisoners who are victims of torture, persecuted Christians and human rights groups. Action by Christians Against Torture; Christian Solidarity Worldwide; War Resisters International. Please make sure you follow the instructions given by each organisation when sending your cards   Read More...
Image: Immigration statistics, July to September 2014 Asylum: There were 24,257 asylum applications, an increase of 2% compared with the previous 12 months (23,805), but low relative to the 2002 peak (84,132). The largest numbers of applications were from Eritrean (2,932), Pakistani (2,891), Iranian (1,999) and Syrian (1,802) nationals.   Read More...
Image: Serco Given Yarl's Wood IRC Contract Despite 'Vast Failings' The Home Office has been condemned after it renewed a private security giant's contract to run a controversial women's immigration detention centre where staff have been accused of sexual misconduct. The decision to pay £70m to Serco to operate Yarl's Wood in Bedfordshire over the next eight years was attacked by MPs, refugee groups and penal reformers.Yarl's Wood, Britain's largest detention centre for women facing deportation, has suffered a succession of damaging allegations since Serco began managing the facility in 2007. (Independent, 24 Nov)   Read More...
Image: Early Day Motion 543: For Our Daughters Campaign Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That this House notes that For Our Daughters, a national charity which campaigns against sexist violence and homicide and commemorates those who have died, reports that at least three to four women and girls die each week in the UK as a result of all forms of male violence; further notes that the annual death rate is worse than in the Northern Ireland conflict and exceeds annual troop losses in Iraq and Afghanistan;   Read More...
Image: World remembers murder of 6 Jesuits and 2 laywomen 25 years ago in El Salvador The world marked the 25th anniversary of the murder of 6 Jesuits and two laywomen in El Salvador on Sunday, one of the most chilling episodes in the unrest affecting Central America in the late 20th century.  In the early morning of November 16, 1989, a group of soldiers entered the Jesuit residence of the University of Central America, and dragged 5 priests out of their beds, and shot them in the back of their heads in a courtyard.  They then killed another Jesuit inside the residence.  Finally, they killed the housekeeper and her teenage daughter, who were hiding in a bedroom. (Vatican Radio)   Read More...


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