Peace & Disarmament

Peace and Disarmament are rooted in the insight that there is no peace without justice, and that attempts to impose peace by force of arms do not deliver true peace.
Peace is the fruit of justice, understood in the broad sense as the respect for the equilibrium of every dimension of the human person...
Peace is also the fruit of love. ‘True and lasting peace is more a matter of love than of justice, because the function of justice is merely to do away with obstacles to peace: the injury done or the damage caused. Peace itself, however, is an act and results only from love’
            
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, n494

2017

Image: Come Spirit of Peace

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is calling on Christians worldwide to join in prayer for just peace in the Holy Land by taking part in a Pentecost prayer service.   Read More...

Image: COMPETITION Win a place at Scotland's Nonviolence Conference

Are you aged between 18-25 years old and interested in nonviolence?  If so,  Justice and Peace Scotland are providing a funded place at the Scottish Nonviolence Conference - 'Reclaiming Gospel Nonviolence'.  The conference will take place at St Mary's Monastery, Kinnoul, Perth from 14-16th July 2017.  For more information on the conference and details of how to enter our competition.   Read More...

Image: World Day of Peace Message Discussion Guide from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council


In the 50th Message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis issued an uncompromising call for nonviolence as a means to secure justice and peace in the world. He reminds us of the clear words and courageous actions of his predecessors and of many individuals, Christian and non-Christian, who have striven for justice through ‘the sense and love of peace founded upon truth, justice, freedom and love’, to quote St John XXIII.

The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council have prduced a guide to the document.   

Image: Launch of a Global Campaign on Military Spending

A week ago the Ministry of Defence proudly announced that the UK is "stepping up across the globe: the fifth largest defence budget in the world and largest in Europe, rising by around £1Bn a year" How will this promote sustainable security with research and investment into those things that will keep us truly safe?   Read More...

Image: Playing with Fire Nuclear Weapons Incidents and Weapons Accidents in the United Kingdom

 

A new report by Peter Burt for the Nuclear Information Service, published  February 2017, discussing the accident record of the UK's nuclear weapons programme over its 65 year history. It looks across the full scope of the programme, describing the most significant incidents in detail.

Review of the Report      Full Report   

Image: Pope Francis sends a message to the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty Talks

The complete elimination of nuclear weapons is "a moral and humanitarian imperative", says Pope Francis.   Read More...

Image: Hiroshima Survivor Tells her Story

On August 6 1945, when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, I was an 11 year-old girl, 5th grader of a primary school.   Read More...

Image: Terrorist Attack in London

Glasgow Churches Together have responded to the terrorist attack in London by producing a prayer service.

Access on GCT website   

Image: Nuclear Ban Treaty

Nuclear Ban Treaty talks at the UN in New York start in one week Monday 27th March 2017. We are counting down to this historic opportunity to rid our world of this threat.    Read More...

Image: A Time Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945

In 2 weeks time, Monday 27th March 2017  The UN will meet in New York to discuss a Nuclear Ban Treaty.  Watch this powerful film depicting each nuclear explosion since 1945 and watch our website for further information and ways to get involved.   Read More...

Image: Pax Christi welcomes UN decision on nuclear weapons

Pax Christi has isues a statement on the forthcoming negotiations on banning nuclear weapons.

Statement here

Further informaton from Pax Christi   

Image: Ash Wednesday At Faslane

Wednesday 1st March -Ash Wednesday at Faslane -South Gate of Faslane at 2:45pm Glasgow Catholic Worker.

Join us for our annual Ash Wednesday Service of Repentance and Resistance at the home of the UK's weapons of mass destruction. We start at the car park next to the South Gate.   Read More...

Image: Scrap Trident Week of Action

The United Nations negotiations in 2017 for a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, supported by a huge majority of the world’s governments start in March in New York. 
ICAN calls for a global Week of Action from 10th to 17th February.

Details on Scrap Trident website

And an interesting take on a serious subject : Global ban on nuclear weapons explained in Scots   

Image: Blessed are the Peacemakers

In our blog, Pat Gaffney, General Secretary of Pax Christi UK, describes a new peace initiative   Read More...

Image: Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

Negotiations for a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty start in March at The United Nations meeting in New York. The Ban is supported by most member states – but not the UK. 


The International Campiagn to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has called for a Worldwide Week of Action from 10th to 17th Feb.

CND is calling on the UK government to play a constructive role in the negotiations and has called a lobby of MPs to give you the chance to persuade your member of Parliament. Lobby your MP

    

Image: Holy Land Coordination

The Bishops' annual visit to Holy Land, 14-19 January, promoted dialogue and the building of bridges on the 50th anniversary of occupation.

The photo shows Bishop William Nolan of Galloway, the President of Justice and Peace Scotland, at the Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza

Further information and final communique


    

Image: Young Peace Journalists Wanted

Pax Christi International is looking for Young Peace Journalists to give a voice to people seeking refuge.

Further Information   

2016

Image: World Day of Peace

The World Day of Peace is 1st January, 2017. 

 

    

Image: The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative

The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative gathered in Rome on 19th December to reflect on and discuss the Holy Father's 2017 World Day of Peace message Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace. The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative grew out of the landmark April 2016 Nonviolence and Just Peace conference, co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International, and is focused on affirming the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church.

More on the December meeting

More on the Catholic Non Violence Initiative   

Image: Christmas Blessings Justice and Peace Scotland wishes everyone a happy and holy Christmas

 

The Justice and Peace Office will close on Thursday 22nd December, 2016, and re-open on Wednesday 4th January, 2017   

Image: Justice and Peace Scotland wishes everyone a happy and holy Christmas

 

The Justice and Peace Office will close on Thursday 22nd December, 2016, and reopen on 4th January, 2017   

Image: Politics for Peace

Pope Francis calls on those who hold public office on the national and international levels to cultivate a nonviolent style in their consciences and in the exercise of their duties. Speaking to the group of diplomats, the Pope dedicated his talk to nonviolence as a “style of politics for peace” – the subject of his message for the World Day of Peace.

Full text of address   

Image: Catholic Nonviolence Initiative

Earlier this week, the Vatican released the text for the World Day of Peace message, to be delivered by Pope Francis on 1 January 2017, the World Day of Peace. The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International, played a central role in suggesting the theme of the message--active nonviolence--as well as consulting on the content. 

Further information is avaiable on the The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative website   

Image: World Peace Day message 2017 released

In his message “Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace,” for the 50th World Day of Peace, celebrated each year on 1 January, Pope Francis urges people everywhere to practice active nonviolence and notes that the “decisive and consistent practice of nonviolence has produced impressive results.”

Further information

Full letter.   

Image: Peace Stories New initiative from Pax Christi

 

Pax Christi International recently convened a team of 10 young people from all over the world, to train to become peace journalists and report about the lives of refugees and asylum seekers. The training and discussions took place exclusively online. Following their training, each team member interviewed a person in their hometown or area who had to flee their home country.

Details on the Pax Christi website.   

Image: Early day motion 594: JOHN AINSLIE Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That this House notes with sadness the passing of Mr John Ainslie, the co-ordinator for the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), on Friday 21 October 2016; recognises that he was a fervent peace advocate and was an influential voice in championing nuclear disarmament; agrees that Mr Ainslie was a leading expert on nuclear issues; highlights the tremendous contribution he made to the Scottish CND, to the movement against nuclear weapons in the UK, and to the wider political community in Scotland; and offers his family and friends deepest condolences through this very difficult time.   Read More...
Image: Pope Francis has called for prayers for Syria on 31 October 2016 The people of Syria are suffering. Countless thousands have been killed. Millions more have been forced to flee their homes. Across the world, Catholics and Christians from other traditions are invited to hold vigils on 31 October as part of a global day of prayer for peace called by Pope Francis while he is visiting the Lutheran church in Sweden.   Read More...
Image: Pax Christi International statement on the occasion of the Action Day for Peace in Syria, 24 October On this UN Day of Action for Peace in Syria, Pax Christi International join all friends of peace around the world in calling the international community: 1. To immediately halt all aerial attacks on Aleppo and to expedite medical evacuations and unimpeded humanitarian access. Simultaneously efforts must be encouraged to restore a nationwide ceasefire with strong monitoring and enforcement mechanisms.    Read More...
Image: ‘Whatever the Penalty: Taking a Stand’ You Tube documentary on WW1 Conscientious Objectors
This short film tells the story of an almost forgotten gathering of Conscientious Objectors in World War One at the old Quaker HQ, Devonshire House in Bishopsgate.  They represented a small minority who defied the 1916 Military Service Act - the law that introduced Conscription to Britain for the first time.   Read More...
Image: Scottish Parliamentary Motion on a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. Ask your MSPs to support this motion
This week the United Nations First Committee debated setting up of a conference next year to negotiate a nuclear weapons ban treaty. In spite of the nuclear weapons states including the UK putting pressure on non nuclear states more and more are speaking up to co-sponsor the resolution.  There will be a vote on it next month and campaigners who are present are hopeful of it passing.   Read More...
Image: Drone Wars: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Control A new campaign briefing from Drone Campaign Network calls for renewed push to challenge the growing use of armed drones.   Read More...
Image: Cardinal Turkson calls for nonviolent solutions to conflicts 'We do not stop war by starting another war'
Pope Francis is giving "very strong recognition" to a landmark conference held at the Vatican last spring that called on the global Catholic church to reject its long-held teachings on just war theory, Cardinal Peter Turkson has said. (National Catholic Reporter)   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees – September 2016 Ten situations deteriorated in August 16 according to the latest CrisisWatch report. Deteriorated Situations:  CAR, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Mali, Korean Peninsula, Kashmir, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, Syria, Libya   Read More...
Image: Webinar: Rome Conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace This is an introductory webinar about a ground-shifting conference on the topic of Gospel nonviolence and just peace, which was held in Rome this past April 2016. The Vatican's Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace was a co-sponsor of the conference.
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Image: UN General Assembly to vote on nuclear ban negotiations Nuclear Information Service research manager David Cullen examines the politics behind recent developments in the progress towards a nuclear weapon ban at the UN.
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Image: The £73m annual bill for policing the UK's military nuclear programme Providing police cover for the UK's military nuclear programme costs £73m a year according to the latest policing plan for the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP). The MDP are a police force who patrol the sites connected with the UK's nuclear weapons including Aldermaston, Burghfield, Devonport and Faslane. The MDP patrol a total of 120 sites, but the costs for nuclear policing account for almost half their annual budget (Nuclear Information Service)
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Image: Stop Arming Saudi: lobby your MP UK-made weapons are being used in Saudi Arabia's devastating bombing in Yemen, and the government continues to license further arms exports – despite overwhelming evidence of repeated breaches of international humanitarian law.   Read More...
Image: Pope in Assisi: ‘thirst for peace’ 30 years from 1st Day of Prayer Pope Francis will take part in the final meeting of the World Day of Prayer for Peace when he travels to Assisi on Tuesday, 20 September. The World Day of Prayer for Peace concludes a 3-day event organized by the Sant’Egidio Community entitled this year “Thirst of Peace. Religions and Cultures in Dialogue”. It will see the participation of over 450 religious leaders of different faiths gathered to pray for peace and strengthen dialogue in the spirit of Assisi.   Read More...
Image: Pat Gaffney of Pax Christi speaking in Scotland Glasgow and Edinburgh 14th September
Pat Gaffney, Secretary General of Pax Christi, will be visiting Scotland on Wednesday 14 September. Pat recently attended a conference in Rome on Non-violence and Just Peace, which delivered an appeal to the Church to re-commit to the centrality of Gospel nonviolence. Pat will be speaking at three meetings.
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Image: Early Day Motion 401: Children Displaced by War Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That this House is aware of UN estimates that approximately 17,000 children in our world are forced to flee their homes everyday due to wars, in the process experiencing haphazard and dangerous refuge, often having to miss out on their schooling, social welfare and health needs;   Read More...
Image:  Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees – August 2016 Nine Situations Deteriorated in August 16: Central African Republic, Gabon, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey, Syria, Yemen. Improved Situations: Philippines, Colombia

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Image: How global citizens plan to eliminate nuclear weapons & nuclear power In 2015 dozens of peace organisations from across the globe signed the Peace & Planet call to action. They aimed to put pressure on delegates sent to New York to review the implementation of the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the United Nations. (CND)   Read More...
Image: Cuts to Ministry of Defence police raise Trident security concerns Eamon Keating, the chairman of the Defence Police Federation, has warned that cuts to the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) could place the security of the UK's Trident nuclear weapons at risk. (Nuclear Information Service)   Read More...
Image: Resources from Pax Christi to commemorate the Hiroshima, Nagasaki anniversaries, 6 and 9 August As we approach the 71st anniversaries of the tragedies at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pax Christi International offers the following resources for prayerful reflection, study and action to commemorate those days and to work toward a world free of nuclear weapons.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees – July 2016
Eight situations deteriorated in July 2106: South Sudan, Mali, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Armenia, Turkey, Syria.  July saw protracted conflicts intensify, attempts to resolve them derail and political crises erupt or deepen.
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Image: Hiroshima Day Memorials in Scotland Join your local Hiroshima & Nagasaki Memorials
71 years ago atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, destroying the cities and killing hundreds of thousands of people.  It is particularly important to remember the real effect of nuclear weapons this year. On 18th July the House of Commons agreed to renew Trident, despite the opposition of 58 of Scotland's 59 MPs. Please come along and support one of these local events.
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Image: UK nuclear submarine collides with merchant vessel off Gibraltar Damage to HMS Ambush's conning tower could be seen as it arrived in Gibraltar on Tuesday evening. One of the UK's newest nuclear-powered submarines has docked in Gibraltar after a collision with a merchant vessel during a training exercise. The Royal Navy said it has launched an immediate investigation after HMS Ambush was involved in the "glancing collision" while submerged off the coast of the British territory.  (BBC News)   Read More...
Image: Bishops call for ‘decisive and courageous steps’ towards nuclear disarmament The Bishops of Scotland have called on the UK government to honour its commitment as a key signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferations Treaty (1968) and work towards the disposing and elimination of all nuclear weapons. In a statement, Scotland’s eight Catholic Bishops highlight the ‘immorality of the use of strategic nuclear weapons due to the indiscriminate destruction of innocent human life’ that their use would cause, and endorse Pope Francis who has said that “Spending on nuclear weapons squanders the wealth of nations”.   Read More...
Image: The Church speaks against Nuclear Weapons
In 2013/14 Pope Francis, and two high ranking Vatican diplomats made speeches condemning nuclear weapons. You can read them here 
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Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees – June 2016 Five situations deteriorated in June 16: Central African Republic, Niger, Nigeria, South Sudan, Turkey. Improved Situations: Colombia    Read More...
Image: BREAKING NEWS: Parliament to vote on Trident replacement next week David Cameron has used a speech at the NATO summit in Warsaw to announce that the long-awaited vote on Trident replacement will take place on Monday 18th July. It isn't yet known whether MPs will be asked to support replacement in principle, or whether they will be asked to consent to the building of four new submarines, at a cost of £41bn. CND analysis has shown that the lifetime cost of Trident replacement will be at least £205bn   Read More...
Image: Trident No More! Demonstrations Across Scotland Saturday 16 July 12noon David Cameron has announced MPs will vote on whether to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system on Monday 18th July. This in spite of the fact that he has resigned and a new Prime Minister is yet to be elected and that the country is still reeling from the Brexit decision. No doubt these things have lead to this rush to squeeze a vote on Trident in before the summer recess but a selfish desire to unite the Tories and split Labour is no reason to take such an important and expensive decision in haste. (Scrap Trident Coalition)   Read More...
Image: Trident and jobs: the employment implications of cancelling Trident replacement

A new report by CND sets the record straight on Trident and jobs. It's often argued that Trident and its replacement provide civilian jobs. While this is true, the extent of this job creation is tiny relative to the sums involved. In effect, they are among the most costly jobs in history. This report looks at how the money saved by not replacing Trident could be used for a massive level of investment that would create many more jobs than the current or future nuclear weapons systems can provide.   Read More...

Image: Pope to world leaders: if you want to help Syrians, stop funding the war In his message for a new campaign promoting peace in Syria, Pope Francis called out world leaders who speak of ending the conflict, but at the same time fund the war through the sale of arms.  'While the people suffer, incredible quantities of money are being spent to supply weapons to fighters,' the Pope said in his video message, published July 5.  (Elise Harris, Catholic News Agency)   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts That Create Refugees - May 2016 Deteriorated Situations: Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Turkey, Venezuela.  Improved Situations: None   Read More...
Image: Trident is being upgraded in secret, report claims Nuclear warhead is being made more destructive and more accurate while an entirely new one is being developed, say researchers
Work is under way in secret at Britain’s nuclear bomb factory to upgrade the existing Trident arsenal and to develop an entirely new warhead, according to a report from the Nuclear Information Service.  The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire is working on a programme to upgrade the current UK Trident warhead to produce the “Mark 4A”, which will be more accurate and have greater destructive power, the report says. The costs and timetable of the programme have not been revealed to parliament. (Richard Norton-Taylor theguardian.com)   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: 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: 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: MPs warn of murder prosecution risk for drone strikes An influential committee of Parliamentarians has today (10 May 2016) called on the British Government to “urgently” clarify its legal position on drone strikes, warning that its policy “may expose…Ministers to the risk of criminal prosecution for murder.” (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Stop Trident mass lobby of MPs Westminster, Wednesday 13 July
There will be a vote in Parliament this year on replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system, at an estimated cost well in excess of £100bn. There is growing opposition inside and outside Parliament to the plans, highlighted by the biggest anti-nuclear demonstration for a generation in February. In addition to the Scottish National Party and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, MPs in almost every party planning to vote against Trident replacement.   Read More...
Image: Bruce Kent reflects on life of Father Daniel Berrigan SJ Some younger Catholics may never have heard of Fr Daniel Berrigan who died on 30 April at the age of 94. This news will bring back a flood of memories especially for those who experienced the peace movement of the Vietnam era. Both he and his brother Philip were heroes to many, and well known worldwide as Catholic radicals. In Dan's case also as a university teacher, significant author and poet.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees April 2016 Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Gambia, Iraq, Macedonia, Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan), Republic of Congo, Syria. April saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces.   Read More...
Image: Witness for Peace - Faslane 14 May Justice and Peace will be joining Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms, for their annual 'Witness for Peace' outside the North Gate of Faslane Naval Base at 12 noon on Saturday 14 May. Please join us.    Read More...
Image: Civilians pay ultimate price yet again as Syria military & armed groups clash in Aleppo Apparently unlawful attacks by government and armed groups around Aleppo in Syria have killed at least 89 civilians since April 22, 2016. Despite the rising casualties, Western leaders meeting in Hannover, Germany, on April 25 missed an opportunity to focus on the need to protect civilians in Syria. (Human Rights Watch)   Read More...
Image: Nagorno-Karabakh: the frozen conflict on Europe's doorstep A violent escalation in hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh has resulted in casualties and warnings of 'large-scale war'.  Nagorno-Karabakh, roughly translated as 'mountainous black garden', is a landlocked region that became part of Azerbaijan in the 1920s. While media attention is focused on conflicts elsewhere, this is in danger of becoming the unnoticed war brewing on Europe's doorstep. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: The Hammer Blow To mark the 20th anniversary of the historic Seeds of Hope Ploughshares action, Peace News Press has just published Andrea Needham's book, The Hammer Blow, the gripping inside account of how ten women disarmed a warplane bound for genocide in East Timor and were acquitted by a jury     Read More...
Image: £1.7 trillion military spending 'destroying global economy' Conscience, the peace building NGO, is supporting the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) this year (18 April 2016) by raising awareness of the £1.7 trillion spent by governments on war. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees – March 2016 Eight Deteriorated Situations in March 2016:  Belgium, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Libya, Pakistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Western Sahara   Read More...
Image: Calling on Scottish Government to Recognise International Conscientious Objectors Day. Ask Your MSPs to Sign Motion

A motion calling on Scottish Parliament to recognise International Conscientious Objectors’ Day, 15 May, has been lodged by Alison Johnstone MSP. Ask your MSP and your list MSPs to sign the Motion S4M-15865.   Read More...

Image: Saudi arms sales: formal legal action launched! Email your MP CAAT has begun formal legal action in the High Court to challenge the UK government’s continued licensing of arms exports to Saudi Arabia. The focus of their case is Saudi Arabia’s use of UK arms in Yemen. The Saudi-led attacks – using UK-made warplanes and UK-made bombs – have hit refugee camps, schools, hospitals, a wedding and aid facilities. More than 2,000 children have been killed or injured in the fighting. There is overwhelming evidence these attacks have repeatedly breached international humanitarian law.   Read More...
Image: ASK your MP to stop the nuclear convoys The Government recently blocked a Bill which would have introduced regulations on the transportation of nuclear warheads around the country. The Bill was introduced following a number of incidents where warheads have been transported in residential areas and in poor weather conditions.   Read More...
Image: Important European Parliament vote this week URGENT CAAT email Action
The evidence of Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen – bombing schools, hospitals and civilian infrastructure – keeps growing. Yet the UK and other European countries are still supplying the weapons Saudi Arabia needs to carry out these atrocities. The UK has licensed an astounding £2.8 billion of weapons to Saudi Arabia in the six months after the bombing started.   Read More...
Image: Conflicts and Violence Take 'Huge Toll' On Children in 2015 Increasingly complex and widening conflicts have taken a huge toll on children in much of the Middle East in 2015, with parts of Africa and Asia facing protracted and relapsing wars that show no signs of abating, a senior United Nations child rights official said Monday 15th February 2016. Describing in her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council how extreme violence affected countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria and Syria, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, stressed that groups perpetrating extreme violence particularly targeted children.   Read More...
Image: Creating Signs of Hope for Syria Global Call for Acts of Solidarity and Days of Prayer and Fasting for Syria. In solidarity of all victims of this brutal war 15 March 2016: 5 years since the start of the protests. Pax Christi International is calling on our Global Network and all people of good will to organise acts of solidarity and days of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria between 15 and 20 March 2016. We call on individuals and organisations to show solidarity with refugees and victims of war and violence and create signs of hope that peace can come again in Syria.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees – January 2016 Deteriorated Situations: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Korean Peninsula, Yemen   Read More...
Image: Early day motion 956: Trident Replacement Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That this House notes the publication of the Strategic Defence and Security Review and the National Security Strategy; further notes that the estimated cost of replacing the Vanguard Class of nuclear armed submarines has increased to £31 billion with a £10 billion contingency, and that the date of entry into service for the Successor submarines has been delayed;   Read More...
Image: Stop Trident National Rally - London Pax Christi amongst others is supporting a major national demonstration called by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) to Stop Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system.  They want to make sure that  this will be the biggest protest against nuclear weapons  in a generation, they need your help.   Read More...
Image: Bishop Nolan in delegation turned away from disputed Holy Land barrier

The Holy Land Coordination visit to Palestine saw delegation of bishops join Palestinian Christians fighting against a barrier that divides their land. Bishop William Nolan of Galloway was part of an international delegation turned away from a disputed site in the Holy Land by border police this week. A group of 12 bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America visited the Cremisan Valley on Monday as part of the Holy Land Coordination. (Scottish Catholic Observer)   Read More...

Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - December 2015 5 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in December 2015, according to CrisisWatch 149. Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Niger   Read More...

2015

Image: One in Eight Babies Born in Conflict Zones In 2015 The number of babies born in conflict zones increased by more than 125,000 this year to 16.6 million compared with last year, according to the United Nations. The figure translates to one in eight of all births worldwide in 2015, according to data released by UNICEF. "Can there be a worse start in life?" said Anthony Lake, UNICEF's executive director.   Read More...
Image: Lawyers say government supply of arms to Saudi breaks law The UK Government is breaking national, EU and international law and policy by supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia in the context of its military intervention and bombing campaign in Yemen according to an analysis by eminent international law experts commissioned by Amnesty International and Saferworld, both members of the Control Arms coalition. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - November 2015

Eight actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and two improved in November 2015, according to CrisisWatch 148. Deteriorated Situations: Bangladesh, France, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela   Read More...

Image: Don't Bomb Syria Vigil's Monday 30th November
Don't Bomb Syria: Edinburgh Rally, 5 - 7pm. Monday 30 Nov,East End of Princes St. Glasgow Vigil Venue to be confirmed. Vigil in Biggar. There may be other venues   
Image: Quakers respond to terrorism

'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.'   Read More...

Image: Statement of Justice and Peace Commission Welcoming Scottish Parliamentary Vote to Reject Trident Re Justice and Peace Scotland has commended the Scottish Parliament for its recent majority decision against the proposed renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system. The Commission notes that this view is in line with the consistent teaching of the Church; and with the specific statements of the Scottish Bishops, notably in 1982 and 2006.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - October 2015 Deteriorated Situations: Central African Republic, Israel/Palestine, Macedonia, Republic of Congo, South China Sea, Turkey. As armed conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere continued to inflict much suffering and instability around the world, the heads of the UN and International Committee of the Red Cross issued an unprecedented joint warning about the impact of today’s conflicts on civilians and called on states to redouble their efforts to find sustainable solutions to conflicts   Read More...
Image: True costs of Trident will be £167 billion A new report from Reuters shows that the true cost of renewing Trident will be far higher than the huge sums already mentioned.  The new estimate is £167 billion. The figure comes from Crispin Blunt MP, based on information from Defence Minister Philip Dunne, taking account of current inflation forecasts. Blunt said "My office calculation based on an in-service date of 2028 and a missile extension until 2060 .. the total cost is 167 billion pounds"   Read More...
Image: Pax Christi International Calls for End of Escalating Violence in Palestine and Israel Pax Christi International is deeply distressed at the scenes of escalating violence in Palestine & Israel. Pax Christi International has worked for many years with Palestinian and Israeli human rights and peace organizations to support their work for a just peace in the Middle East based on human rights. Around the world our members and partners are praying for all those whose lives are being destroyed by violence. We are convinced that nonviolent, legal and political solutions are the only way to stop the violence.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts That Create Refugees - September 2015 10 Actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and 3 improved in September 2015, according to CrisesWatch 146. Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen. Conflict Risk Alerts: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic   Read More...
Image: Early day motion 417 Trident Renewal Please ask your MP to sign this EDM

That this House notes that the Chancellor of the Exchequer visited the Faslane Naval Base to announce £500 million of spending; is concerned that this announcement pre-empts a final decision on Trident replacement; and calls on the Government to ensure that any decision on the Trident replacement is subject to a vote on the floor of the House and to announce a timetable for that decision.   Read More...

Image: £500m for Faslane while people die on benefits

Scottish CND has hit out at the UK government’s announcement that £500 million will be spent on the nuclear sub base at Faslane. Chancellor George Osborne, in a visit to the Gare Loch facility, said the cash will be spent on upgrading ship lifts, sea walls and jetties and will help secure thousands of jobs.  However, anti-nuclear activists say its real purpose is to entrench further the Trident nuclear weapons programme, which is based at Faslane. (Third Force News)   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: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - August 2015 9 Actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and 3 improved in August 2015, according to CrisisWatch 145. Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen   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:  Day of Prayer against the Arms Trade Sunday 13 September The Day of Prayer against the arms trade is taking place on Sunday 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: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - July 2015 Deteriorated Situations: Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Kashmir, Turkey, Yemen. July saw a worsening of the situation in Yemen, where nearly 2,000 civilians have been killed since the war started in March, while in Turkey a dramatic escalation in violence led to the collapse of the state's two-year-old ceasefire with Kurdish insurgents   Read More...
Image: Scotland remembers Hiroshima 21 events will take place across Scotland to mark the 70th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs. They will be held in Aberdeen, Anstruther, Ayr, Coatbridge, Dunbar, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Helensburgh, Irvine, Kilmarnock, Paisley, Rutherglen and Stirling.  (From Scottish CND)   Read More...
Image: UN Independent Commission of Inquiry (Gaza) - Westminster Hall debate 8 July/2015 marks a year since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, a conflict that lasted 51 days, claimed 2,251 lives, including the lives of 551 children, displaced more than half a million people, and destroyed 77 health facilities and 261 schools. Each day, an average of 680 tank and artillery shells pummelled the densely populated areas of Gaza, leaving barely anywhere safe. Although the report recognises that Israel issued warnings to people to evacuate, there was often nowhere for them to evacuate to and no means of escaping the conflict zone. (House of Commons: 8 July 201   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - June 2015 Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Chad, Kuwait, Myanmar, Tunisia. Extremist violence again dominated the month, with deadly attacks hitting Tunisia, Kuwait and Chad, while in Afghanistan the Taliban made further territorial gains and launched an unprecedented number of attacks.   Read More...
Image: 30 Million Children Displaced by Conflict in 2014 Almost 60 million people worldwide were forcibly uprooted by conflict and persecution at the end of last year, the highest ever recorded number, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday, warning that the situation could deteriorate further. More than half the displaced from crises including Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia were children, UNHCR said in its annual Global Trends Report. (Joseph D'Urso, Thomson Reuters Foundation)   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - May 2015 10 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and 2 improved in May 2015, according to CrisisWatch N°142.  Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, Korean Peninsula, Macedonia, Pakistan, South China Sea, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Yemen   Read More...
Image: Millions in Iraq need greater humanitarian support, says top UN official

Millions of people are in need of a greater assistance across Iraq, says Stephen O’Brien, the new Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, following a two-day visit to the strife-torn country. “It’s imperative at this critical time we do more to mitigate the suffering of the Iraqi people. Much has been done, but the needs continue to increase and more is needed,” stated Mr. O’Brien, who assumed his post as UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the beginning of June. (Ekklesia)   Read More...

Image: Explosive revelations on Trident safety by Navy whistleblower William McNeilly, a 25 year old Royal Navy engineering technician, has published an account of a patrol on board Trident submarine HMS Vanguard on the internet describing in detail a series of alarming incidents and describing the submarine as being “in the worst of the worst condition”.  His exposures not only put safety standards in the Trident programme under the spotlight, but also bring into question HMS's Vanguard's ability to successfully fire its battery of missiles were the command to launch a nuclear attack ever given. (Nuclear Information Services)   Read More...
Image: Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms - Witness for Peace – Faslane Saturday 23rd May: Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms - Witness for Peace – Faslane. Come and join the Annual All Age Ecumenical Time of Worship at the North Gate of Faslane’s Naval Base on 23rd May 2015. This is a liturgical event and not a political demonstration. It’s an opportunity to sing, pray for peace, keep silence and take a symbolic action against Trident   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - April 2015 8 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and one improved in April 2015, according to CrisisWatch N°141. Deteriorated Situations: Burundi, Chad, Colombia, Kashmir, Nepal, South Sudan, Ukraine, Yemen   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...
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: 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...

Image: Support the Scrap Trident Demonstration - Sat 4 April Glasgow Justice and peace will be at the Scrap Trident Demonstration this Saturday, why not come and join us - look out for our banner. Speakers: include: Nicola Sturgeon (Leader of SNP); Patrick Harvie MSP (Co-convenor Scottish Greens); Katy Clark MP (Labour Party)   Read More...
Image:  Nuclear safety incidents soar at Clyde submarine base The number of radiation safety incidents at the Clyde naval base where the UK's Trident nuclear weapons submarines are based has risen by more than 50 per cent over a year, according to figures released by the Ministry of Defence   Read More...
Image: Construction of £600m nuclear bomb facility placed on hold amid ‘corner-cutting, incompetence and ch CND has slammed the spiralling costs and ‘catastrophic’ errors during construction of the Ministry of Defence’s flagship nuclear weapons facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. Project Pegasus, a £634m project which will manufacture enriched uranium components for the UK’s nuclear warheads, is ‘in limbo’ after a catalogue of failings in the planning and construction stages.   Read More...
Image: Warfare or welfare? - Contact your MP Last month the arms industry held a £246/head dinner. Over 40 MPs from across the three main political parties attended to 'network' with hundreds of arms company representatives. CAAT interrupted the dinner to highlight the scandal of spending billions on war while the basic needs of millions of people in this country are not being met. Can you help make sure all MPs get this message?   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - February 2015

8 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in February 2015, according to CrisisWatch N°139. Deteriorated Situations: Libya, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen   Read More...

Image: 75% of Labour's election candidates oppose Trident replacement "A survey for CND shows that Labour's parliamentary candidates - from traditionally safe seats to unwinnable Conservative strongholds through to some of the most vulnerable of Labour's target seats - are overwhelmingly against maintaining Trident when it comes up for renewal."   Read More...
Image: Pax Christi International statement on the Violent Conflict in Syria Ending the War and Saving Lives must be Top Priority
Syria’s popular uprising started in the city of Dara in March 2011. The merciless actions of the Syrian Government – whose campaign of violent repression against what were originally peaceful protesters began four long years ago – have now morphed into wave upon wave of pitiless assaults by all sides. The Syrian conflict has killed well in excess of 200.000 people, and continues to kill more every day. It has involved the torture and ill-treatment of countless others; forced millions to flee; and deprived even more of the basic conditions for a decent life, including the rights to education, food, healthcare and housing.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - February 2015

8 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in February 2015, according to CrisisWatch N°139.  Deteriorated Situations: Libya, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen   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: Afghanistan: UN Annual Report Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict "The conflict took an extreme toll on civilians in 2014. Mortars, IEDs, gunfire and other explosives destroyed human life, stole limbs and ruined lives at unprecedented levels. The thousands of Afghan children, women and men killed and injured in 2014 attest to failures to protect civilians from harm. All parties must uphold the values they claim to defend and make protecting civilians their first priority."   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - January 2015 8 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and 1 improved in January 2015, according to CrisisWatch N°138. Deteriorated Situations: Bangladesh, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Sudan, Ukraine, Yemen   Read More...
Image: Trident Renewal Commons Hansard: Opposition debate on Trident Renewal   Read More...
Image: Bishops witness devastation in Gaza An international group of bishops spent their first day in the Holy Land yesterday, in Gaza, where they saw at first hand the impact of last summer's conflict which claimed the lives of more than 2,100 Palestinians, including 504 children,  and 70 Israelis. Much of the densely-populated territory, which is only 25 miles long and seven miles wide at its broadest point, was repeatedly bombed.   Read More...
A bomb strapped to a girl aged around 10 years old exploded in a busy market place in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday 10 Jan, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 20, security sources said. "The explosive devices were wrapped around her body and the girl looked no more than 10 years old," a police source said. (Reuters Foundation, 10/01/15)   Read More...
Image: Calls for publication of Chilcot Inquiry on Iraq before General Election The UK government is facing calls for the publication of the Chilcot report into the causes of the war in Iraq as a matter of urgency before the general election on 7 May 2015. Disarmament advocates and politicians - including the Stop the War Coalition and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament - have repeatedly made this call, which was renewed as a demand at Westminster. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Organised Crime And Conflict: The New Challenge For Peacebuilding 1.5 billion people (about one quarter of the world's population) continue to live in fear of violence. War, characterised by formal peace agreements and U.N. peacekeeping operations, is being replaced by insecurity caused by urban and cross-border crime, such as drugs, human trafficking and gun trade. According to the report, such violence poses one of the biggest threats to development in the 21st century. Experts are warning of a new epidemic caused by a rise in the number of 'fragile cities' in the world - spaces where violence is flourishing and creating humanitarian crises on par with war zones. (Phil Champain, TRF, 08/12/14)   Read More...

2014

Image: Campaign Against the Arms Trade Ten ways we had an impact on the arms trade in 2014
Take CAAT's whistle stop tour of some of the amazing things that you have helped achieve this year. In 2014, the UK's shameful role in arming countries involved in conflict and human rights abuses has been all too apparent. In July, Israel launched its ground offensive in Gaza and the Malaysian airlines passenger jet was shot down in Ukraine. In the same week, Israeli, Russian and Ukrainian weapons companies touted for sales alongside each other at Farnborough International arms fair.   Read More...
Image: Remember the Christmas Truce of 1914 Five months after the start of World War I, along the Western Front, where already hundreds of thousands of soldiers from throughout Europe, India, Australia, and Canada had lost their lives, so-called enemies ventured from their trenches to talk with each other, retrieve corpses, share gifts from home, tell jokes, sing songs, and kick around make-shift footballs.  The Scottish peace movement are gathering in Glasgow on Christmas Eve at 1:30 pm to remember the Christmas truce of 1914. Assemble at Dewar's statue in Glasgow city centre.   Read More...
Image: Take One Action film Open Bethlehem + director Q&As
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness. Armed with her camera and a dilapidated family car that keeps breaking down, Bethlehem-born Leila Sansour returns to her childhood home to make a deeply personal film about a legendary town in crisis. 11- 14th Dec   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - November 2014 4 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and one improved in October 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°136. Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Colombia, Egypt, Kenya   Read More...
Image: Increase in number of nuclear safety incidents sparks concern over safety standards at Clyde base The number of safety incidents recorded at the UK's Trident nuclear submarine and weapons bases on the Clyde estuary has shown a sharp increase according to internal Ministry of Defence  documents.  (Nuclear Information Service)   Read More...
Image: Early day motion 459  - US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That the Amendment, done at Washington on 22 July 2014, to the Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the government of the United States of America for Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defense Purposes (Cm. 8947), a copy of which was laid before this House on 16 October 2014, should not be ratified   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - October 2014

8 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in October 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°135. Burkina Faso; Central African Republic; Yemen; Lebanon; Venezuela; Mexico; Kasmir. Iraq   Read More...

Image: Early Day Motion 350: Income Tax and Military Activity Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
John McDonnell MP has produced an Early Day Motion calling on MPs to support a tax shift away from military activity towards non-military conflict resolution. Get your MP to back EDM 350 - so we can all have the opportunity to pay for peace   Read More...
Image: Why can’t the world follow the Pope’s lead? War is rather like alcohol—it goes to people’s heads. Not long ago the House of Commons had an emergency debate about IS, the Muslim terror group which has taken large parts of Iraq and Syria. Over 500 MPs voted for bombing. Only just over 40 voted ‘No’. Pope Francis’s wise words were not noticed or heeded. Take the issue to the UN Security Council, said he, and let the UN find ways of dealing with IS. The UN has been marginalised for years by major powers adopting military solutions. Military solutions look like a quick fix but usually make matters worse. (Bruce Kent, NJPN Universe column)   Read More...
Image: Stop Arming Israel: legal challenge launched - Email your MP This month UK-made tear gas was turned on democracy protesters in Hong Kong, but the government has not stopped the sales From Israel to Hong Kong, the UK's arms export controls system is broken. We have to change the game. The government's own rules state that it should not allow weapons to be sold where there is a significant risk that they might be used for internal repression or in violation of international humanitarian law.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - September 2014

4 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in September 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°134. Deteriorated Situations: Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen   Read More...

Image: Scots Dad welcomes major milestone for Arms Trade Treaty. Legislation will enter into force within months
David Grimason, whose son was killed by a gunman with an illegal weapon, has strongly welcomed news that today 50 states will have ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). It means the global Treaty will enter into international law before the end of the year. A group of states will jointly announce they have ratified the Treaty at an event at the United Nations in New York - taking it beyond the 50 required to enter into force. (Sara Cowan, Oxfam Scotland)   Read More...
Image: Amidst armed conflict, Ukraine becomes 119th signatory to the Arms Trade Treaty Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) as part of his visit to the opening of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Control Arms welcomes Ukraine joining the Treaty and urges them to begin the ratification process as soon as possible. The ATT, once ratified and implemented, will reduce the flow of weapons into – as well as out of – the country, which will ultimately help make Ukraine a safer place.   Read More...
Image: Week of Action against Drones 4-11 Oct    The use of unmanned drones to launch so-called ‘risk free’ attacks in remote areas of the world has rocketed over the past decade. While manufacturers and operators insist that drones are precise and pinpoint accurate, researchers have documented hundreds of civilians deaths in drone strikes – and there are likely to be many more.   Read More...
Image: YES or NO Trident has got to go. North Gate Faslane Saturday 20 September 12 noon.

After the historic Referendum Vote this is an opportunity to do something practical and symbolic.. Whether we are celebrating or commiserating with each other - one thing remains clear. The campaign against nuclear weapons will not stop until they are removed, and nothing will make that clearer than our presence at Faslane a mere two days after the vote.  All invited to join Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Weapons in a short sharp event – part demo/part symbolic action. Bring a picnic.   Read More...

Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - August 2014

12 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in August 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°133. Deteriorated Situations: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Kashmir, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen   Read More...

Image: FOI records reveal nuclear warhead convoy safety faults Brake failures, vehicle breakdowns, false alarms, and map-reading errors are among dozens of safety incidents which have plagued convoys carrying nuclear weapons and military special nuclear materials on Britain's roads over the last seven years, according to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.  (Nuclear Information Service)   Read More...
Image: Falmouth's rejection of Trident echoes Scottish opposition The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) has welcomed political opponents uniting to reject Falmouth as an alternative to the Clyde nuclear warhead depot. Truro and Falmouth’s Conservative MP Sarah Newton and her Labour challenger Hanna Toms have both rejected proposals to build a Trident nuclear warhead depot close to the town of Falmouth, in the event of an independent Scotland expelling the Trident submarines from the Clyde. The recently elected Green MEP for the South West, Molly Scott-Cato, also expressed her opposition. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Postcards for peace in Gaza To mark three weeks since the Israeli military incursion into Gaza began, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is asking supporters around the world to send postcards to the UN General Secretary, Ban Ki Moon, telling him the world is watching what he does in forging a lasting peace. The action is in solidarity with the people of Gaza and in particular the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU).   Read More...
Image: Pax Christi International: Stop Arms Deliveries to Syria The tragedy of war and the horrendous suffering of the Syrian people continue without respite. Pax Christi International believes that this armed confrontation – which continues to destabilize the region affecting mostly civilians – can be stopped if the international community focuses on promoting serious political negotiations and discourages violence in all its forms.   Read More...
Image: Stop Arming Israel - CAAT email Action As lives continue to be torn apart in Gaza, it seems likely that UK arms exports have played a direct role in Israel's attacks. In 2009, David Miliband, then Foreign Secretary, confirmed that Israeli weapons used in Gaza in the 2008-9 conflict 'almost certainly'" contained UK-supplied components. Yet the UK has approved over £47 million in arms sales to Israel since then – and spends millions on buying its 'battle-tested' weapons exports.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - June 2014

7 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in July 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°132. Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan   Read More...

Image: SCIAF launch an emergency appeal for Gaza and people trapped in conflict zones all over the world Since early July, hundreds of innocent civilians – many of them children – have been killed in Gaza. Over 7,500 homes destroyed by bombs, shells and rocket fire. Refugee camps, hospitals, schools, and places of worship have been hit. Many people have no electricity, no running water, no doctors. These people need help, so SCIAF have launched an emergency Conflict Appeal.   Read More...
Image: Rape as Torture in The DRC: Sexual Violence Beyond the Conflict Zone

Often dubbed the 'rape capital of the world', the Democratic Republic of Congo has seen an alarming increase in rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war since the conflict in the early 1990's, and remains one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman.  But new research published by Freedom from Torture shows that persecutory rape, including gang rape and multiple rape, is also being used routinely by state officials in the DRC to punish politically active women, in the country's capital Kinshasa and other regions outside the armed conflict region.   Read More...

Image: Nuclear bombs driven through Glasgow A convoy of more than 20 military vehicles drove through the centre of Glasgow on the M74 shortly after midnight on the 10th of July.. The convoy included four special lorries which transport Trident nuclear bombs. The convoy was stopped for one hour near Loch Lomond by protestors from Faslane Peace Camp. One climbed on top of a nuclear transporter. Four peace campers were arrested.   Read More...
Image: Iraqi Christians' Flee Violence, Fear End of Long History The violence in Iraq is hastening the end of nearly 2,000 years of Christianity there as the few remaining faithful flee Islamic State militants, archbishops from Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk said on Wednesday. War and sectarian conflict have shrunk Iraq's Christian population to about 400,000 from 1.5 million before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, and now even those who stayed are leaving for Turkey, Lebanon and western Europe, the prelates said on a visit to Brussels seeking European Union help to protect their flocks.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - June 2014 6 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in June 2014. Deteriorated Situations: Iraq, Kenya, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Yemen   Read More...
Image: Murder And Rape Ever-Present Threats in DR Congo Congolese soldiers march through the night, but not towards battle. In the dark, they are hunting for women who have fled their homes in Minova to hide in the bushes. The women know that if they are seen, they will be raped and maybe killed. The army has been ordered to retreat to the town, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Its young soldiers, 2,000 of them, fire gunshots in the air. The commander gives an order. "Go and rape women," he says. The soldiers obey. (Kitty Knowles , Chiara Rimella, Indpendent, 08/06/14)   Read More...
Image: Early Day Motion 49: Treatment Of Palestinian Children Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That this House notes that Israeli forces continue to use excessive force including live ammunition and rubber coated metal bullets on unarmed protestors, including children and that 1,400 people have been killed in this way since 2000; further notes the lack of transparency in the investigation of such incidents; acknowledges the excellent work that Defence for Children International Palestine do in increasing awareness of these deaths;   Read More...
Image: Sarajevo Peace Event 2014 In June 1914, 100 years ago, the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand became the spark that set off the bloody carnage of World War One. In June 2014 women and men are gathering in Sarajevo for an International Peace Event. All the people gathering in the ancient city this week-end are working for a world where national and international disputes are resolved through mediation and negotiation rather than by violence   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - May 2014

5 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and two improved in April 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°130.  Deteriorated Situations Kenya, Libya, South China Sea, Thailand, Yemen.   Read More...

Image: Conscientious Objectors Day Vigil. Remembering & in solidarity with all who have refused to take part in wars past & present. Reading the names of WW1 COs, Recollections from WW2 COs and family of WW1 COs. Protest in Harmony. Penny Stone. Bring poems, songs, reflections. Organised by EP&JC and Fellowship of Reconciliation Scotland. Thursday 15 May, 4:00 – 6:00pm. The Mound, by the National Gallery.   
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - April 2014

4 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and one improved in April 2014, according to Crisis Watch N°129. Deteriorated Situations: Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Ukraine    Read More...

Image: Palestinian displacement blocking 'just peace', churches tell EU APRODEV and CIDSE, two influential church-related development networks, have condemned the forced displacement of Palestinians in the West Bank, which they say is "uprooting any chance of a just peace".  They urge the European Union (EU) to address systematically issues of property destruction and forced displacements, to protect the rights of Palestinians. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Easter Witness for Peace - 12 April 2014 Archbishop Tartagalia was amongst the speakers at the Easter Witness for Peace at Faslane on 12 April 2014. This is organised every year by Scottish Christians against Nuclear Weapons. There was a good representation of Justice and Peace activists. The Archbishop reminded us of the Scottish Catholic Bishops consistent record of opposition to nuclear weapons.   Read More...
Image: Nigeria: 1,500 Killed In Armed Conflict Q1/2014

Since the start of 2014, more than 1,500 people have been killed in north-eastern Nigeria. People are living in a climate of fear and insecurity, vulnerable to attack from Islamist armed group Boko Haram on the one hand and facing human rights violations at the hands of the very state security forces which should be protecting them. In light of this context, the ongoing intensity of the confrontation and the organisation of the clashing actors, Amnesty International considers the situation to be a non-international armed conflict.   Read More...

Image: Early Day Motion 1173: European Parliament Resolution On Drones

Please ask your MP to sign this EDM. That this House welcomes the European Parliament's resolution of 27 February 2014 that calls on member states to oppose the practice of extrajudicial targeted killing through use of armed drones outside the framework of international law; calls on member states to ensure they do not facilitate such killings by other states; further calls on member states to promote greater transparency and accountability on the part of all states using armed drones   Read More...

Image: Submarine recall urged as Trident costs escalate further CND has slammed the government for 'ratcheting up expenditure' on nuclear weapons, while calling for nuclear armed subs to be recalled from service in the wake of revelations over new safety issues.   Read More...
Image: Spring walk for Peace - Scottish Parliament to Faslane Base 1 - 7 April Glasgow march & rally - 5 April

The Spring Walk for Peace will set off on April 1 from the Edinburgh Parliament and reach its destination – Faslane Base – on April 7.  Join the walk for any time you are available – a few hours, days or for the whole week. There is no minimum distance. There will be a support vehicle travelling with the Spring Walk the entire way, which will give a lift to anyone needing a rest. The route has been broken down into no more than 15 miles each day. Major Rally on Saturday 5th in George Square.   Read More...

Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - February 2014

10 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and one improved in February 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°127. Deteriorated Situations: Burundi, Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, Thailand, Ukraine, Venezuela, Syria, Libya   Read More...

Image: Nuclear weapons no longer relevant to UK’s security needs A recent report from the Nuclear Education Trust has concluded that ‘for now and foreseeable future [there is] no nuclear threat to UK’. The report has taken evidence from a wide range of senior establishment figures in politics and the military. There is an urgent need for a wider and more informed public and Parliamentary debate on nuclear weapons – and especially whether they do or do not contribute to UK's security. It also questions the legality of current plans to upgrade Trident.

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Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - January 2014 12 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and two improved in Janary 2014, according to CrisisWatch N°126. Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan), South Sudan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine.   Read More...
Image: Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan up 14% Last Year

According to a new report released on Saturday by the United Nations,  which also found that it was the worst year since 2009 in terms of the number of women and children killed or injured as a result of conflict-related violence. The 2013 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, produced by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), recorded a total of 8,615 civilian casualties with 2,959 civilian deaths and 5,656 injured last year. The figures mark a 7 per cent increase in deaths and a 17 per cent increase in injuries as compared to 2012, the Mission said in a news release. Since 2009, the armed conflict has claimed the lives of 14,064 Afghan civilians and injured thousands more   Read More...

Image: Nuclear weapons driven through Glasgow

In the early hours of Wed 29 Jan a 19-vehicle military convoy drove through Glasgow on the M74. It was transporting nuclear weapons from the Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield in Berkshire to the nuclear weapons' store at Coulport on Loch Long. It arrived at Coulport at 1.25 am. MSPs condemn transport of nuclear warheads through Scotland. NEW Twenty five Members of the Scottish Parliament have supported a motion condemning the transport of nuclear weapons through Scotland after a nuclear warhead convoy was spotted travelling along the M74 motorway earlier this week   Read More...

Image: Defence Secretary publishes update on progress with Trident replacement

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has published the second of a series of annual updates on the Trident replacement programme and announced two further contracts with BAE Systems for work on the programme, taking the total spent on replacing Trident to more than £800 million since 2011.    Read More...

Image: Peace requires humble strength, says Pope Francis In remarks made after a Mass to mark World Peace Day, marked by Catholics at the beginning of the New Year, Pope Francis said that peace is rooted in the strength of humility. "Peace requires the force of meekness, the non-violent strength of truth and of love," he stressed, congratulating a range of church-related agencies, including Pax Christi.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - December 2013

11 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in December 2013, according to CrisisWatch N°125, Deteriorated Situations: Bangladesh: , CAR. China/Japan, DR Congo, Egypt, Korean Peninsula, Lebanon, North Caucaus (Russia), South Sudan, Thailand, Yemen   Read More...

2013

Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - November 2013

Six actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and two improved in November 2013, according to CrisisWatch N°121. Deteriorated Situations: Bangladesh, Central African Republic, China/Japan, Lebanon, Thailand, Yemen   Read More...

Image: New SGR report uncovers aggressive focus of UK military research and development

The UK government’s military research and development (R&D) spending is heavily focused on offensive weapons systems, which do not tackle the main threats to our security, says a report published on 30 September 2013 by Scientist for global responsibility   Read More...

Image: Holy Land: Israel demolishes house belonging to Latin Patriarch In the same week that US Secretary of State John Kerry has been visiting the Holy Land in an effort to broker peace talks between Israel and Palestine,  bulldozers of the Jerusalem Municipality, accompanied by Israeli Security forces, demolished a house belonging to the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Mgr Foud Twai. The residential property on the Jerusalem-Hebron road, near the northern checkpoint number 300 was home to a family of 14 people.   Read More...
Image: Thirty years ago: The nuclear crisis which frightened Thatcher and Reagan into ending the Cold War  This week is the anniversary of exercise 'Able Archer 83' – a NATO nuclear exercise which took place at the height of the Cold War in 1983 and was interpreted by the Soviet Union as preparation for a surprise nuclear attack.  Able Archer is considered by many to be the closest that the world has come to an accidental nuclear war since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts That Create Refugees - October 2013 3 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in October 2013, according to the new issue of Crisis Watch. Deteriorated Situations:  Bangladesh, Kashmir, Mozambique   Read More...
Image: Pope Francis issues new call for world peace at anniversary of Pacem in Terris Looking at our current situation, I wonder if we have learnt the lessons of Pacem in terris, I ask myself whether the words 'justice' and 'solidarity' exist only in our dictionary, or if we indeed all work towards making them a reality," said the Pope, in an address to participants in the meeting promoted by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace to commemorate 50 years since the publication of the encyclical Pacem in Terris (Justice Magazine)
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Image: Drones Week of Action 5 – 12 Oct Various events are organised for this third annual Week of Action on drones to promote understanding and resistance to the growing use of drones and remote warfare. There will be a stall in central Glasgow on Saturday 5th October. And Edinburgh University drops drone firm investments   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts That Create Refugees - September 2013 4 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in September 2013, according to the new issue of Crisis Watch. Deteriorated Situations: Central African Republic, Kenya, Philippines, Sudan   Read More...
Image: Please ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion 503 - Arms Sales to Authoritarian Regimes That this House notes that the arms export priority markets for the UK Trade and Investment's Defence and Security Organisation in 2013-14 included Libya, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates; further notes that the UK hosts one of the world's largest arms shows, Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi); agrees with the Committees on Arms Export Controls, in its report on Scrutiny of Arms Exports and Arms Controls, HC 205, published on 17 July 2013, that the Government would do well to acknowledge that there is an inherent conflict between strongly promoting arms exports to authoritarian regimes whilst strongly criticising their lack of human rights at the same time rather than claiming, as the Government continues to do, that these two policies are mutually reinforcing; is appalled that the Russian State Technology Corporation, Rostec, one of the main arms suppliers to President al-Assad of Syria, is exhibiting at DSEi 2013; and calls on the Government to end the promotion and export of military equipment to all authoritarian regimes.   Read More...
Image: Five Christians face trial for blocking entrance to arms fair Five Christians, including a Methodist minister, are to face trial after peacefully blocking one of the entrances to the London arms fair on Tuesday (10 September 2013). The five, none of whom had been arrested before, will appear in Thames Magistrates Court at 9.30am on Tuesday 24 September, charged with aggravated trespass. They were part of a group of seven Christians who held up travel to the arms fair for around forty-five minutes by kneeling and praying in one of the exits from Custom House DLR station, which leads to the Excel Centre, where DSEi is held. Supporters stood nearby with a banner reading "This is a dead end. There is another way." (Ekklesia)
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Image: SCIAF launches Syrian Refugee Emergency Appeal

Millions continue to be affected by the raging conflict in Syria as Pope Francis calls for a worldwide day of fasting and prayers for peace for September 7th. The Syrian civil war has rumbled on for over 2 years now. The most recent estimates suggest that 100,000 people have died and 3 million have been forced to flee their homes. 2 million people have been left homeless, in refugee camps or living in overcrowded housing in neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon. An estimated 560,000 Syrians have fled to Jordan, a country with a population only slightly bigger than Scotland. SCIAF has been working with our partner, Caritas Jordan, to deliver emergency aid to Syrian refugees and the vulnerable Jordanians affected by the increasing demand for resources in Jordan. Through Caritas Jordan, SCIAF has helped to provide food, water, shelter, soap, blankets, heaters and medical care.   Read More...

Image: UK Arms Sales – Debate in Parliament 12 September – contact your MP The UK government is condemning violence in Syria, just days before inviting other brutal dictators to shop for weapons at a massive arms fair in London. Despite having threatened military action against Assad, it will still host his weapons suppliers at the arms fair. Next Thursday, as arms dealers from around the world make more deadly deals in London, MPs will debate the role of UK Trade and Investment, the government's trade promotion body. Can you ask your MP to help challenge its role in pushing arms sales? Please ask your MP to attend the debate and speak out against UKTI's role in pushing arms sales. CAAT have prepared a short briefing, available here.   Read More...
Image: Conference with John Dear SJ -  St Aloysius College, 45 Hill St, Glasgow. Saturday 14 September 10am - 3pm.
Justice & Peace and SCIAF are sponsoring a tour of Scotland by John Dear in September. John Dear SJ, author and international peace activist preaches the gospel of nonviolence and has practiced what he preaches as former Director of The Fellowship of Reconciliation, a Red Cross Chaplain to the families affected by the 9/11 tragedy, on peace delegations to Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine Israel. He has been arrested on peaceful protests many times and spent substantial time in prison with Philip Berrigan for hammering on an F15 nuclear fighter bomber in an effort to beat swords into plowshares, according to the biblical vision of the prophet Isaiah. No need to book for this conference, just turn up on the day, additional tour dates can be found on the diary page.   
Image: 100,000 Gather With Pope to Plea for Peace More than a hundred thousand people gathered in St Peter's Square on Saturday 7 September in response to Pope Francis' appeal for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in the light of the dramatic circumstances which have engulfed Syria. Last Sunday, he declared 7 September a day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria and throughout the world. The response to his request was global, with religious leaders from the Middle East and all around the world - including the Grand Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Badreddin Hassou, the spiritual leader of Sunni Islam in Syria - welcoming the initiative. (Zenit)
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Image: Summer Witness for Peace, Faslane Saturday 7th September

The Summer Witness for Peace 2013 will take place at the gate of Faslane Trident base from 12 noon on Saturday 7th September. This will be an opportunity to meet together and to witness to our common faith in Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and to underline our belief that nuclear weapons are immoral and they should not be maintained or renewed. There will be a short act of worship with singing, prayers for peace, followed by a picnic. Bring food to share. Tea, coffee and juice will be provided. Speakers include: Bishop Joe Toal, Rev Sally Fulton (Church of Scotland). Short statements against nuclear weapons from a range of churches will be read out. Music by the Wild Goose Resource Group.
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Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - August 2013 10 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and nine improved in August 2013, according to CrisisWatch N°121. Deteriorated Situations: Central African Republic, DR Congo, Egypt, Iraq, Kashmir, Lebanon, Libya, Rwanda, Syria, Yemen   Read More...
Image: German Catholic Archbishop urges caution over Syria The President of the German Catholic Bishops’ Conference has urged “careful analysis and consideration” of the current situation in Syria and Western considerations of military intervention. Germany has already said that it will not take part in any US-led strike against Syria, making its situation clear ahead of the recent UK parliamentary vote along the same lines. (Source Ekklesia)

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Image: Pope Francis announces global prayer vigil for peace in Syrai for September 7   There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming. I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from deep within me. How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake in that martyred country, especially among civilians and the unarmed! I think of many children who will not see the light of the future! With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons: I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart. There is a judgment of God and of history upon our actions which are inescapable! Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.   Read More...
Image: Pax Christi International Statement on Syria Dialogue is the only way towards an end of the violence in Syria

Pax Christi International is deeply concerned about the latest events in Syria. While we unequivocally condemn the use of chemical weapons, regardless of who perpetrated the attack, Pax Christi pleads with the nations of the world to recognize the responsibility and authority of the UN Security Council to address this egregious violation of international law and morality and to work with the United Nations to protect - without escalating the violence - the Syrian people. This should be done through urgent diplomatic efforts to stop immediately the flow of arms to both sides and to all militant groups and to bring all stakeholders in the conflict to the negotiating table.  Many states have helped fuel the armed conflict in Syria by sending weapons to the region; now it is time for the International community to cooperate fully on an arms embargo and to unequivocally back dialogue that alone can end the horrific violence.

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Image: Reflection on the end of Nuclear Testing Holy Cross parish, Croy - 29 August at 7pm
A 'reflection' on the end of nuclear testing, Holy Cross Chapel, Croy, 7pm The reflection on the 29th August is the date marks the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. The reflection will take the format of religious and secular readings, prayers and live music with a mix of reflective hymns/songs and instrumental pieces. This event is open to all.   
Image: Egypt bloodshed: Please act today

The UK government has said it is deeply concerned at events in Cairo, calling for restraint and dialogue. But actions speak louder than words – and the government still hasn't announced an embargo on arms sales to Egypt. In fact, the UK has never stopped selling arms to Egypt. It didn't stop selling arms when Egypt was ruled by a brutal dictator and nor did it stop after the deaths of hundreds of protesters following his removal. Instead Cameron went on his democracy tour to Egypt – where he was accompanied by eight arms company representatives. The UK still approved arms sales after the military coup – and revoked just five licences after dozens were massacred at a sit-in in July.  F O Minister Alistair Burt told Newsnight that the government is on the side of the Egyptian people. If that's true, then it needs to stop the arms sales – all of them. Email the Foreign Secretary today to tell him that actions speak louder than words: we need an embargo on arms to Egypt and we need it now. Egypt must not be invited to the London arms fair in September.

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Image: Statement of Pax Christi International to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Meeting of Experts: 12-16 August 2013, Geneva
Pax Christi International delivered a statement at the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Meeting of Experts which takes place in Geneva from 12 to 16 August 2013. The statement entitled “Standardise Biosecurity” focuses on the three standing agenda items (1) cooperation and assistance; (2) developments in the field of science and technology related to the Convention; (3) strengthening national implementation; as well as on the biennial item of how to enable fuller participation in the Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs). Trevor Griffiths, delegate of Pax Christi International at the United Nations in Geneva, presented the statement on 12 August 2013. Read the statement in full    Read More...
Image: The £12 billion arms sales to human rights abusers  - email your MP about this scandal A committee of MPs have condemned the government for allowing more than £12 billion of "strategic goods" to be exported to human rights abusing states, such as Saudi Arabia, Israel and Sri Lanka. Their report found 3000 export licences have been issued to countries which the government has itself identified as having the most serious human rights concerns. This is really important. CAAT have spent years exposing the government's shocking record on arming repressive states. Now influential MPs – including a former Conservative Defence Minister – have looked at the facts and are making the same arguments. Please help us use this opportunity to reach your MP too.   Read More...
Image: Afghan Civilian Deaths Increase - More Women, Child Victims Violence against civilians has risen by almost a quarter in Afghanistan as international forces hand security to Afghans, the United Nations said in a report on Wednesday, with insurgents striking in areas where troops have already left.  The report, presented by the Human Rights Director for the U.N. in Afghanistan, said the number of dead and injured civilians had increased by 23 per cent in the first six months of 2013, compared to the same period last year.  Women and children are increasingly the victims of the 12-year-old war, the report said, noting a 30 per cent leap in the number of children killed. The total civilian death toll stood at more than 1,300, with 2,533 reported injuries. (Alert Net, 31/07/13)      Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - July 2013 6 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in July 2013, according to the new issue of Crisis Watch 120. Deteriorated Situations: Bangladesh, DR Congo, Egypt, Iraq, South Sudan, Tunisia   Read More...
Image: Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration's Hiroshima commemoration, 6 August, Edinburgh CND annual Hiroshima commemoration at the Mound 6:00 - 7:00pm, Bring candles, songs, poems, banners,  friends or just yourself.  6th August, Glasgow meet at the gates of Botanic Gardens (Queen Margaret Drive) at 6.30pm, visit the peace tree in that park, then walk on the pavement with peace flags to the peace tree in Kelvingrove Park (grounds of Art Galleries) for a short meeting and a song. Scottish CND Peace Cruise. On 9th Aug (Nagasaki anniversary) SCND is inviting you to join a 2h cruise on Clyde (Second Snark Vessel). Enjoy some live music and find out the latest SCND news and events. Assemble: Outside Glasgow Science Centre, 18.30, Departing: 19.00 Returning: 21.00. Book you place in advance. Only 45 places available! Ticket: £15/person.  To book contact Flavia, SCND 0141 357 1529  flavia@banthebomb.org   
Image: Continuing Conflicts That Create Refugees - June 2013 8 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in June 2012, according to the new issue of Crisis Watch.  Deteriorated Situations: Egypt, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan), Somalia, Syria   Read More...
Image: Scrap Trident: The Real Alternative With the government's Trident Alternatives Review being recently published, CND have launched a new report,  'The Real Alternative: What the government's Trident Alternatives Review isn't telling you', was launched by CND's Kate Hudson who was joined by Labour MPs Joan Ruddock and Jeremy Corbyn, Lib Dem Tessa Munt and the SNP's Angus Robertson. The report finds that, ‘The government’s failure to consider non-replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system is an abdication of responsibility’ and says, ‘Non-replacement is a credible option, which offers serious strategic and economic benefits’.  CND argue the government should disarm rather than replace Trident.

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Image: Vince Cable criticised over £2 billion arms loan to Oman Accused of shoring up regime threatened by Arab Spring - Vince Cable’s Business Department has backed £2 billion of loans to the dictatorship in Oman to buy Typhoon fighter aircraft. The absolute monarchy in Oman has strict repressions on human rights; any dissent faces harsh repression and the legal system is highly personalised with limited due process. The revelations come in UK Export Finance’s annual report, part of the Department for Business which backs loans for overseas buyers of UK Exports, (released 20 June 2013). Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, has claimed Britain is 'a beacon for human rights' around the world. That claim rings hollow when his own Business Minister is facilitating future human rights abuses and turning a blind eye to past ones. Tell Nick Clegg: 'Don't break your party's promise to drop dictator debts'   Read More...
Image: Scrap Trident - Ask your MP to sign EDM150 The Government's Trident Alternatives Review is due to be published shortly. David Cameron has recently announced his support for Trident, once again exposing the differences within the Coalition. Parliament is expected to vote on Trident replacement in 2016. The Government Review, while increasing discussion about Trident, has not included the option of nuclear disarmament. CND will launch its own Real Alternative Review to advocate scrapping Trident and not replacing it.  But before then, they need you to keep up the pressure by taking action. Ask your MP to sign EDM 150 Trident Replacement. Before the Queen's Speech, and thanks to CND supporters lobbying them, 97 MPs added their name to a call to cancel Trident replacement. The same motion has now been relaunched. MPs can sign once again, so we need you to write in again to push that well over 100 MPs.  Find you MP here   Read More...
Image: Reducing the nuclear weapons stockpiles: Sign the petition.

In 1986, there were 70,000 nuclear weapons on Earth. Today, there are 17,000. That’s more than 75% of the world’s nuclear stockpiles eliminated, and a symbol of hope. Presidents Obama and Putin – who together oversee more than 95% of the world’s nuclear weapons –meet on the side of the G-8 Summit to discuss further cuts to the massive U.S.-Russian Cold War stockpiles. It’s a critical decision point and a tremendous moment that can lead us on the path to global zero. You can help build this momentum by signing the petition

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Image: UN rights chief urges end to 'intolerable' suffering in Syria  The United Nations human rights chief today (27 May 2013) urged the international community to stop the escalating bloodshed and suffering in Syria, stressing it has become “an intolerable affront to the human conscience.”  Addressing the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay emphasized that countries cannot continue to ignore the plea of civilians who are in dire need of protection and assistance.   Read More...
Image: Give Peace a Budget: Seven ways to spend $1.7 trillion dollars A film made by Pax Christi that suggests how we could invest in people and their needs rather than in war and conflict

Give Peace a Budget : Seven ways to spend $1.7 trillion dollars was launched on Monday (15 April)at a meeting at the House of Commons.  You can see the video on You Tube here.  It is also available in DVD format with a simple discussion guide for use with groups, parishes or schools for £5.00 plus postage. The film has both an education and a campaignng function.  Read a report of the House of Commons meeting and the key points made by speakers: Kate Hudson, CND, John Hilary, War on Want, Anne Marie iielly, CAAT and Bruce Kent here

    

Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - April 2013 7 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and two improved in April 2013, according to CrisisWatch.  Deteriorated Situations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Central African Republic, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Venezuela   Read More...
Image: DR Congo: UN Food Relief Agency Warns of 'Triangle of Death' The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that the security situation remains volatile in the so-called "Triangle of Death" - the area between the towns of Pweto, Mitwaba and Manono, in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). According to WFP Spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs, deteriorating humanitarian conditions and ongoing attacks from Mai Mai fighters have forced more than 200,000 people to flee their homes since April. "Inside this triangle, because of attacks of armed groups, the population have left and they have taken refuge in the three cities," she said, adding that the constant attacks, lootings, rapes had first sent the population fleeing into the bush. They then took refuge in the cities, where the World Food Programme is assisting them with food rations and humanitarian assistance. Reliefweb, 03/05/13
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Image: 28.8 Million Internally Displaced People Worldwide In 2012 by conflict and violence The number of people internally displaced by armed conflict, violence and human rights violations at the end of 2012 was 28.8 million, an increase of 2.4 million people on the previous year and the highest global figure ever reported by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). Over 6.5 million people were newly displaced inside their home countries in 2012, almost twice as many as the year before. Because these people have not crossed a border, they are not refugees and do not benefit from international protection. ''Much of the spike in the number of internally displaced people worldwide was due to the 2.4 million people displaced by the crisis within Syria by the end of 2012,'' said Kate Halff, Director of IDMC.   Read More...
Image: Blockade of Faslane Naval Base - 15 April

Hundreds of people from across the UK, France and as far away as New Zealand converged on Faslane Naval Base, homeport to Trident, at 7 a.m. on Monday 15 April, blocking all three of its gates and shutting down access, bringing traffic on all roads into the nuclear weapons base to a halt for 3 hours.

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Image: Global Day of Action on Military Spending - 15 April In 2011, global military spending surged to US $1.74 trillion. Given the numerous crises facing the planet — economic, environmental, health, diplomatic — it is imperative that we create a global movement to shift this money to human needs. We know that there are thousands of organizations and millions of individuals who support this point of view – what is needed is to begin a serious mobilizing effort to make it visible. A Global Day of Action on Military Spending is being organised each year in April to coincide with the release of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) annual figures on world military expenditures.
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Image: States vote overwhelmingly for ground-breaking Arms Trade Treaty

The vote for the first ever global treaty to regulate the international arms trade marks ‘an incredible moment’ signalling the dawn of a new era. The Control Arms coalition says the landmark vote sends a clear signal to gunrunners and human rights abusers that their time is up. After six years of diplomatic negotiations, and more than 10 years of campaigning from civil society, governments at the United Nations voted for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by a resounding majority (154 votes YES – 3 votes NO, 23 Abstentions). The treaty enshrines in new international law a set of clear rules for all global transfers of weapons and ammunitions. The vote at the UN General Assembly was held just five days after Iran, North Korea and Syria blocked the Treaty’s adoption by consensus in a nail-biting session on the last day of the Final Conference on the ATT.



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Image: Anti-Trident weekend planned for 13-15th April There are three main arguments against Trident. One is the growing acceptance among senior ex-military types that it has no strategic relevance to Britain’s war machine and that its retention and likely renewal is more about having some spectacular macho bling to dazzle on the world stage. While that argument has significance and cogency among the political elites, it does not have huge popular force in a Scotland largely and rightly alienated from the whole of the UK war-making adventure.   Read More...
Image: Scrap Trident – Defend Disability Rights Since early in 2010, that the cornerstone of the coalition government’s deficit reduction plan was radical and savage cuts to welfare spending. After announcing initial plans to reduce the benefits bill by £18 billion per year by 2014-15, they have ramped up the anti-welfare rhetoric further this year with the announcement that a further £10 billion is to be cut with a new round of reforms from 2017. What is absent from the government’s announcements on welfare ‘reform’ so far, however, is an analysis of just who it is that stands to lose and how exactly that loss will affect them. To some extent, the sheer complexity of the welfare system has assisted the government in hiding the cumulative impact of the changes.
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Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - March 2013 7 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and two improved in March 2013, according to CrisisWatch. Deteriorated Situations: Central African Republic, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Myanmar, North Korea, Syria   Read More...
Image: Arms Trade Treaty The Final Conference has opened at the United Nations to a packed room and high expectations. Several delegations have sent their Foreign Ministers to attend the opening of the negotiations. During his opening statement, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remarked “We owe this treaty to all the innocent victims of armed conflict and violence” and reminded representatives and negotiators that [they] are here to “strengthen and conclude the work that has been done in earnest since the beginning of the ATT process in 2006.”   Read More...
Image: Scottish Parliament to debate Trident on Wednesday 20 March The Scottish Parliament is holding a debate on Trident at 2 pm on Wednesday 20 March. The motion will be presented by the Scottish Government and there will be a vote at 5 pm, see Agenda for 20 March: Please contact your MSPs and encourage them to oppose Trident. On the day when the Scottish parliament is discussing nuclear weapons, the House of Commons will be hearing George Osborne announce his budget for the year. Please encourage MSPs to say that Trident should be cut, not welfare or public services.   Read More...
Image: Continuing Conflicts that Create Refugees - February 2013 8 actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in February 2013, according to the new issue of CrisisWatch 115. Deteriorated Situations: Bangladesh, Guinea, Lebanon, North Korea, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, Zimbabwe   Read More...
Image: Easter Witness for Peace Saturday 23 March, 2013 - Faslane Organised by Scottish Clergy Against Nuclear Weapons
The Easter Witness for Peace 2013 will take place at the gate of Faslane Trident base from 12 noon on Saturday 23 March. This will be an opportunity to meet together and to witness to our common faith in Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and to underline our belief that nuclear weapons are immoral and they should not be maintained or renewed. There will be a short act of worship with singing, prayers for peace, followed by a picnic. Bring food to share. Tea, coffee and juice will be provided. Speakers: Rev Sally Fulton (Church of Scotland), Bishop Joe Toal (Catholic Church) and Bruce Kent (Vice President, CND).  Short statements against nuclear weapons from a range of churches will be read out. Music by the Wild Goose Resource Group.
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Image: Take Action - Ask your MP to sign EDM 1062- Water Supply in GAZA That this House calls on the Government to recognise the dire water situation faced by Palestinians in Gaza; notes reports by both the World Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme that found the water crisis in Gaza to be critical and potentially irreversible by 2020; recognises that Gaza is almost completely dependent on a coastal aquifer but that low levels of rainfall have left it filled with inconsumable sea water; expresses concern that Israeli occupation policies in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip mean that essential access to consumable water supplies by Palestinians is hampered; and calls on the Government to lobby its counterparts in Israel to ensure adequate water sources and supplies are restored.
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Image: Britain's Arms Deals With Sri Lanka Revealed Small arms weaponry, ammunition and various other military equipment were among millions of pounds' worth of goods exported last year from Britain to Sri Lanka under licences for arms and other closely regulated exports. Sri Lanka is listed by the Foreign Office as a 'country of concern' because of its human rights record. In a December update, the Foreign Office also said the human rights situation there had been marked by negative developments over the last three months.
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Image: 10 Conflicts to Watch in 2013 - International Crisis Group Sudan, Turkey/PKK, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mali, Nigeria, DR Congo, Kenya, Syria and Lebanon. Every year, around the world, old conflicts worsen, new ones emerge and, occasionally, some situations improve. There is no shortage of storm clouds looming over 2013: Once again, hotspots old and new will present a challenge to the security of people across the globe.   Read More...

Resources


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02/05/2017
COMPETITION
Win a place at Scotland's Nonviolence Conference

Are you aged between 18-25 years old and interested in nonviolence?  If so,  Justice and Peace Scotland are providing a funded place at the Scottish Nonviolence Conference - 'Reclaiming Gospel Nonviolence'.  The conference will take place at St Mary's Monastery, Kinnoul, Perth from 14-16th July 2017.  For more information on the conference and details of how to enter our competition.



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Discussion Guide from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council


In the 50th Message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis issued an uncompromising call for nonviolence as a means to secure justice and peace in the world. He reminds us of the clear words and courageous actions of his predecessors and of many individuals, Christian and non-Christian, who have striven for justice through ‘the sense and love of peace founded upon truth, justice, freedom and love’, to quote St John XXIII.

The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council have prduced a guide to the document.



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07/04/2017
Playing with Fire
Nuclear Weapons Incidents and Weapons Accidents in the United Kingdom

 

A new report by Peter Burt for the Nuclear Information Service, published  February 2017, discussing the accident record of the UK's nuclear weapons programme over its 65 year history. It looks across the full scope of the programme, describing the most significant incidents in detail.

Review of the Report      Full Report



Image: Terrorist Attack in London

Glasgow Churches Together have responded to the terrorist attack in London by producing a prayer service.

Access on GCT website



Image: Fund for Peace - Fragile States Index 2014
Index compiled/researched by 'Fund for Peace' - An independent, nonpartisan,  non-profit research and educational organization that works to prevent violent conflict and promote sustainable security. Top ten worst countries in 2013: South Sudan, Somalia, Central African Republic , DR Congo, Sudan, Chad, Afghanistan, Yemen, Haiti, Pakistan.



Image: Afghanistan: Media Focus on Fighting, Ignore Grim Reality of Daily Life
The Afghan crisis, now well into its fourth decade, has many layers. The military and political dimensions of the crisis grab the headlines. But the structural violence and poor governance that underpin it-grinding poverty, rampant abuse of power, criminalized economy, parlous condition of women and girls, poor access to health and other services-receives much less attention. This report focuses on the lives and vulnerabilities of those affected by the crisis.  Reliefweb: Humanitarianism in Uncertain Times



Image: Trident, Jobs and the UK Economy
Published in October 2010, this report examines the employment consequences of a decision to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system



Image: Sixty years of British nuclear weapons history

To mark the sixtieth anniversary of the first UK atomic test explosion – ‘Operation Hurricane’ at the Monte Bello islands off the north-west coast of Australia in October 1952 - Nuclear Information Service has prepared an interactive timeline showing the history of the United Kingdom’s nuclear weapons programme. The timeline shows the importance of key events in the British nuclear weapons programme – both political and technical – from World War Two, when the UK first commenced research into atomic weapons, looking forward to the forthcoming decision on whether to replace Trident which will be taken after the next election. It also shows how international events have influenced the UK's nuclear programme over six decades.







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09/10/2012
Disarming Trident
A practical guide to de-activating and dismantling the Trident nuclear weapon system
CND report September 2012.



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20/06/2012
Disarming Trident
Scottish CND has published a new report, Disarming Trident, which shows how nuclear weapons can be de-activated within 7 days, removed from Scotland in 2 years and completely dismantled in 4 years.  The report has been given a warm welcome by the Scottish government. The timetable was described as "highly credible" by Dr Bruce Blair, the leading world expert in this field. There was extensive coverage of their plans in the Sunday Herald, including a front page "Goodbye to Trident".



Image: Forget About Him, He's Not Here
A Human Rights Watch report on Israel’s Control of Palestinian Residency in the West Bank and Gaza. This report describes the arbitrary exclusion by the Israeli military of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians since 1967 and documents the impact that exclusion continues to have on individuals and families.



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A new report from Scottish CND shows that if Scotland voted for independence and maintained its anti-nuclear position then Britain would be left without any nuclear weapons. The report was also the subject of an article in the Guardian Read the full report here



UN report warns of disturbing trend of attacks against schools during armed conflicts
An increasing number of parties to armed conflicts around the world are deliberately attacking schools or forcing them to close in a disturbing and growing trend, according to a United Nations report released today. The annual report of the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict finds that out of 22 conflicts that were monitored, attacks against schools and hospitals were reported in at least 15. Reliefweb 11/05/11 



New report.



Pax Christi




Image: Justice & Peace Scotland Handbook




STUC and Scottish CND report
The STUC and Scottish CND published a report in March 2007, on the economic implications of cancelling Trident.



Image: Paisley Diocesan Trident Leaflet




Image: Replacing Trident: A Scottish Catholic Response








Easter Sunday 2006
The Easter Sunday sermon preached by Cardianl O'Brien at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, with a focus on the Trident nuclear weapon system.



First 21 pages of document is the debate on Trident.



Statement by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Scotland. 11 April 2006