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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: The Detention Forum: Consultation on support for failed asylum seekers The Home Office has put out a consultation reforming support for failed asylum seekers and 'illegal migrants'. Contrary to the media reporting which has so far focused on families with children, it appears that migrants in detention are one of the key targets of these cuts.  The proposal is to abolish support under Section 4(1) of the 1999 Act, which is the provision that allows people in detention to access bail addresses.   Read More...
Image:  Day of Prayer against the Arms Trade Saturday 13 September The Day of Prayer against the arms trade is taking place on Saturday 13 September; just a few days before one of the world's largest arms fairs is due to take place in London. A pack is available, which includes ideas for events and actions, bible readings, hymns and prayers. "For Christians, turning swords into ploughshares is not just a biblical injunction but an inspiration to our modern world to act against war and those who wage it".  Alun Morinan, Christian Network Co-ordinator 2005-2010   Read More...
Image: Rethink Trident - sign the statement As Britain faces the deepest public spending cuts in living memory, the country can ill-afford to be spending in excess of £100bn on replacing Trident with a new generation of nuclear weapons.   Read More...

Image: Refugees in Legal Limbo as UK Cuts Scots Immigration Courts

Refugees in Scotland face waiting up to a year for their asylum applications to be heard after the UK government slashed the number of cases which can be heard at Scotland's only immigration court.  Immigration lawyers say the number of courts sitting has been reduced from five or six a day to only two following moves by the Ministry of Justice.  (Herald 16/08/2015)   Read More...

Image: Early Day Motion 152: Drones and the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review Parliament is now in recess, but your MP might be able to sign the motion electronically, or can sign it when Parliament resumes.  Early Day Motion (EDM) 152 calls on the government, as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review, to investigate the ethical issues associated with the use of armed drones and specifically calls on the Government “to devise and disclose a distinct and overarching policy on the use of British military drones as part of British defence strategy.”   Read More...
Image: Tainted Peace - Torture in Sri Lanka Since May 2009 Torture has long been used in Sri Lanka to persecute minorities, crush dissent and stifle civil society. It is deeply entrenched in the fabric of the state and has persisted across the decades regardless of changes in political leadership. (Freedom from Torture )   Read More...


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