Category Archives: World issues

In turbulent times … be a Quaker

View the infographic on Quaker work for social and economic justice, sustainability, peace and the equality of all peoples on the Quakers in Britain website.

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Moves at the UN to develop an international convention against the death penalty, and Quaker Involvement

There are moves within the UN, and especially the UN Human Rights Council, to develop an international convention against the death penalty. Historically, Quakers have been strongly opposed to the death penalty, and have been involved in advocacy and campaigns … Continue reading

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Nobel peace prize 2017: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons wins award – as it happened

Norwegian Nobel Committee says award made in recognition of work to draw attention to catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons Read the stream and watch the video clip at The Guardian website.

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These 13 countries voted against UN ban of death penalty for being gay

The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to condemn countries who use the death penalty on gay people. Although the resolution passed with 27 countries voting for the measure – 13 countries including the United States voted against. In … Continue reading

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Implementing the New Commitments to Peace – Statement by 131 peacebuilding organizations

September 21 marks the International Day of Peace, which was established in 1981 by a unanimous resolution in the UN’s General Assembly. To mark the day, QUNO and 131 peacebuilding organizations from throughout the world issued a statement to United Nations Member States … Continue reading

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Saying ‘no’ to the arms fair | Quakers in Britain

Britain surely cannot promote peace and democracy, and London cannot be a city of peace, if it is where repression and torture begin and if it is where the seeds of war are sown. – Sam Walton, Quakers in Britain … Continue reading

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More than 100 people arrested over London arms fair protests

Activists try to prevent weapons firms from setting up stands at ExCel centre, saying arms may be used to commit war crimes

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There is no “both sides” to racist hate and violence

Statement from American Friends Service Committee on racist hate and violence in Virginia. Click here to read it.

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Quakers in Britain: Peace delegation urges restraint in nuclear row

Quakers joined a peace delegation today seeking to defuse the growing international tension sparked by dangerous threats exchanged between the Presidents of the US and North Korea. The US Embassy declined to accept a letter from the delegation of journalists, … Continue reading

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Campaigning for change: In it for the long haul

Paul Parker is Recording Clerk of Quakers in Britain, the closest the 13,000-strong Quaker community gets to a chief executive. Based at Friends House in Euston, he is responsible for Quakers’ work on peace, social justice and sustainability, and for … Continue reading

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