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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: Immigration Statistics Q1 January/February/March 2016 Published Thursday 26th March 2016
Asylum applications from main applicants increased by 38% to 34,687 in the year ending March 2016, the highest number of applications since the year ending September 2004 (36,305). The largest number of applications for asylum came from nationals of Iran (4,305), followed by Eritrea (3,321), Iraq (2,805), Sudan (2,769), Pakistan (2,669) and Syria (2,539). Including dependants, the number of asylum applications increased by 30% to 41,563 in the year ending March 2016. There was around 1 dependant for every 5 main applicants.   Read More...
Image: Peace campaigners welcome Obama visit to Hiroshima, but apology still needed
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said "President Obama's visit to Hiroshima is very welcome. It's a truly historic moment for a US president, for the first time, to visit the place where the United States caused so much devastation and suffering by its use of nuclear weapons.
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Image: Mentawai: rainforests, not biomass for electricity! The Mentawai Islands of Indonesia are small slices of paradise in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Sumatra. Their lush rainforests are home to several primate species found nowhere else in the world. The indigenous people of Mentawai have maintained their ancestral culture and their deep, spiritual relationship to the forest at its heart.   Read More...
Image: Pentecost Peace Witness at Faslane 2016
Justice and Peace Commission member, Grace Buckley reports on the Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms, peace witness which took place at Faslane on 14 May 2015.
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Image: Immigration Bill becomes an Act On 12 May 2016, the Immigration Bill 2015-16 received Royal Assent, which means it now becomes the 2016 Immigration Act. In those words, a great deal is bound up. What’s been won, and what’s been lost. Read the 'Right to Remain' blog on the Immigration Act.   Read More...
Image: Groups line up to damn way asylum system lets kids down THE “scandal” of refugee children made destitute after winning the right to stay in Scotland has been laid bare in new figures.  The Refugee Survival Trust (RST) awards lifeline grants to asylum seekers and refugees cut off from support. (Kirsteen Paterson, The National)   Read More...
Image: Government Should Not Proceed With Plans To Increase Immigration Court Fees Please sign the petition to the UK Govt.
The Government has proposed a massive increase in the fees that immigrants and asylum seekers pay to have their immigration/asylum cases heard in court. This huge rise in fee (eg. from £140 to £800 for a hearing in court) will prevent individuals from being able to take their cases to court.
If the Home Office makes an incorrect decision on someone's case, this can usually be appealed in court.   Read More...
Image: Replacing Trident will cost at least £205bn, campaigners say The total cost of replacing the Trident nuclear missile system will come to at least £205bn, far more than previously estimated, according to figures drawn up by the CND. It has calculated the total on the basis of official figures, answers to parliamentary questions and previous costs of items including nuclear warheads and decommissioning nuclear reactors. It says it has not taken into account that past Ministry of Defence projects have frequently gone well over budget. (The Guardian)   Read More...
Image: Hope has no expiry date – Cardinal Bo Much is expected of Aung San Suu Kyi, who in April of this year became the leader of Myanmar’s first democratically elected government since 1962. In a country where Buddhist, Muslim and Christian have a troubled shared history, it is surely asking the miraculous (as the New York Times’ editorial board did on May 9) to present to the world a policy that can immediately pour oil on troubled waters.   Read More...


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