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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: Go Home Mapping the unfolding controversy of Home Office immigration campaigns
In July 2013, the UK Home Office launched a series of high-profile initiatives  aimed at directing public attention to what the government was doing to control ‘illegal immigration’. The most controversial of these was a billboard which asked ‘In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest’, which was mounted on a van driven around London boroughs. Our research project is about studying the impact and implications of these initiatives.   Read More...
Military Investment is still a Significant Global Problem
On this Global Day of Action on Military Spending, 13 April 2015, Pax Christi International expresses deep concern about the scandal of excessive military spending in a world where human and ecological well-being are in dire need of investment. Figures recently published by SIPRI, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, estimate world military expenditures in real terms for 2014 at roughly $ 1.8 trillion, a significant increase from the already shocking $ 1.75 trillion spent in 2013.   Read More...
Image: Write to your MEP: Put a stop to conflict minerals In sourcing resources coming from conflict-affected or high-risk areas, European businesses are at risk of fuelling violence to the detriment of human rights, peace and development. In this way, “blood minerals” find their way into our computers, our telephones, our cars.   Read More...
Image: Scottish Bishops issue Election Letter In a pastoral letter which will be read at all 500 Catholic churches in Scotland, Scotland's Catholic Bishops, will urge parishioners to participate in the 2015 General Election and to be informed by the teachings of the Church. The detailed statement will list; Life, the Family, the economy, Human Freedom, Peace and Evangelisation as key areas   Read More...
Image: Immigration Detention: Signs of Spring, or False Dawn? Campaigners have welcomed signs of movement around immigration detention - but celebration may be premature. In March 2015, the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Refugees and Migration produced a strong report whose main recommendation, that immigration detention be severely curtailed and strictly time-limited, echoed the demands made for decades by detainee groups, campaigners and international human rights bodies.   Read More...

Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - March 2015

3 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and 4 improved in March 2015, according to CrisisWatch N°140.  Deteriorated Situations: Burundi, South Sudan, Yemen. Improved Situations: Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, Myanmar, Nigeria   Read More...



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