Children in Detention: The number of children entering detention in the year ending September 2015 increased slightly to 154 from 151 in the previous year. This was an 86% fall compared with the beginning of the data series in 2009 (1,119). In the third quarter of 2015, 31 children entered detention, compared with 32 in the third quarter of 2014 and 72 in the third quarter of 2013. Of the 31 children, 14 were initially detained at Tinsley House (Family Unit) immigration removal centre (IRC), 7 at Cedars pre-departure accommodation (PDA) and 10 at other IRCs and short-term holding facilities (STHFs).
'Two years ago the UK parliament was asked to approve bombing government forces in Syria. the proposal was defeated. Shortly, Parliament may well be asked again (but only if a majority is assured) this time to bomb anti Syrian government forces. The reason given seems to be: Well, all our chums are bombing, so the only responsible course is for us to join in. UK Quakers have produced a profoundly useful response to this vacuous violence. It merits close consideration.'
If you would like to send greeting cards to prisoners of conscience this Christmas, Action by Christians Against Torture have lists of prisoners who are, victims of torture, persecuted Christians, or members of human rights groups. Please make sure you follow the guidelines when sending your cards
On 10th June 2015 the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing published its report 'A blueprint for Scotland's future' The Commission selected eight types of wellbeing that were potentially relevant to assessing the benefits of good housing - home, community, employment, income, health, education and environmental sustainability.
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