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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: Nearly 100,000 children affected by benefit sanctions in 2013/14, say churches A new report from a coalition of major UK Churches has revealed that around 100,000 children were affected by benefit sanctions in 2013/14. It also shows that in the same period a total of nearly 7 million weeks of sanctions were handed out to benefit claimants. The new data, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, featured in the 2 March,episode of Channel 4's Dispatches, entitled 'Britain's Benefits Crackdown.'  (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Amnesty International 2014/15: State of the World's Human Rights This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones, Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need.   Read More...
Image: All women should have access to protection International Women’s Day on 8 March is an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come but also on what still needs to change to create a more equal and diverse society. One area in which change is desperately needed is the treatment of asylum seeking women in the UK. (Refugee Council)   Read More...
Image: Immigration Policy Led to 'New Forms of Racism' The Government's tough rhetoric on immigration is alienating migrant communities and causing 'new forms of racism' to break out across the country, a major study will warn today (2 March). Controversial policies such as the use of billboard vans warning illegal immigrants to “go home or face arrest” and the posting of pictures on Twitter showing suspects being led away by officials has led to legal migrants being subjected to racial prejudice, it concluded. (Independent , 01/03/15)   Read More...
Image: Afghan Minister Halts Deportations to Afghanistan Newly elected minister for refugees and repatriation Mr. Hussain Alami Balkhi has now written to all countries to stop all repatriation and forced expulsions to Afghanistan. In an audio interview the Minister urges all the deporting countries to halt deportations to Afghanistan. The ministers says; situation in Afghanistan was getting better after 2011 that is why MOUs were signed with some European countries including Norway to return those Afghans back to Afghanistan who are coming from safe provinces and they are able to return back to their own provinces. In the MOU it was clearly stated that those refugees who are coming from dangerous provinces won't be returned. It was also agreed in the MOU that women and children won't be returned back to Afghanistan.   Read More...
Image: Immigration Statistics, Q4 October to December 2014 Published 26 February 2015 - Summary Points: October to December 2014
Detention: The number of people entering detention in 2014 fell slightly to 30,365 from 30,418 in 2013. Over the same period there was a fall of 1% in those leaving detention (from 30,030 to 29,655).   Read More...


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