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The National Commission for Justice and Peace advises the Scottish Bishops' Conference of the Catholic Church in matters relating to social justice, international peace and human rights, and promotes action in these areas.

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Image: The media argument over welfare reform The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), meeting in Dundee from 14-16 April 2014), has passed an extensive motion on welfare reform and the effects of poverty in the UK. Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow supported this motion on behalf of the National Union of Journalists in Scotland, with particular reference to the role of different sections of the media and its relation to policy-making. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Early day motion 1260 South African Gold Miners and Respiratory Disease Please ask your MP to sign this EDM. That this House recalls the tributes paid to Nelson Mandela, a great fighter against apartheid and a founding father of democratic South Africa; notes that 27 April 2014 will be the 20th anniversary of South Africa's first democratic election; expresses its concern that one of the legacies of apartheid which has not been addressed is that thousands of South African gold miners, mostly from rural areas that were the primary sources of apartheid migrant labour, have been decimated by epidemic rates of silicosis, an incurable, preventable, respiratory disease that increases susceptibility to tuberculosis, which is endemic in rural areas where TB rates and drug-resistant TB are soaring   Read More...
Image: Age is not a factor - email action Scottish Churches Housing Action is backing a call to MSPs to reject a change proposed in the current Housing Bill.  Shelter Scotland and a range of other organisations agree that introducing an age criterion into letting houses runs the risk of making discrimination against young people worse.  Social landlords such as councils and housing associations want to introduce this measure.  

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Image: Asylum Seekers by the Numbers Only Tell Part Of The Story Last week the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon hit 1 million. That would be the equivalent of 18 million refugees arriving suddenly in Germany or 73 million arriving in the United States. Politicians in many well-to-do countries speak in exaggerated terms about being threatened by potential hordes of refugees as they make populist appeals that feed on fears and prejudices. The truth is that the less-developed countries, many of them with significant problems of their own, bear a much heavier burden. The United Nations refugee agency's new annual statistical report, "Asylum Trends 2013," highlights the challenges asylum seekers present to what it characterizes as industrialized countries.'   Read More...
Image: Children's Commissioner says 'Children let Down by Asylum System' A report published on the 10th April by the Office of the Children's Commissioner reveals that some children who arrive alone in the UK seeking asylum face a struggle to get their voices heard in a system designed to deal with adults. Children and young people who claim asylum are placed in the care system until they turn 18 but if their claims fail they are then required to leave the UK. This interrupts their education and disrupts their lives. Having learned English and settled in the UK, they are then asked to return to countries they have not seen since childhood, where languages are spoken which they may not be able to write. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Disabled and sick people call for an overhaul of failing jobs support system A key new report published on 9 April highlights the failure of the government's employment support and sanctions system for disabled people and spells out the alternative approach and attitude needed. Beyond the Barriers has been researched, written and produced by disabled and sick people themselves, through the Spartacus Network, an online research and advocacy organisation. It has been co-published by Ekklesia and is already attracting support from major charities, politicians and figures in public life. (Ekklesia)   Read More...


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