Countering Military Recruitment of Youth Working Group

New Countering Military Recruitment of Young People Working Group Monday 12 December. 6 – 8pm. Edinburgh Peace and & Justice Centre Following publication of the Medact Report The Recruitment of Children by the UK Armed Forces: a Critique from Health Professionals the Peace …

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How Ten Women Disarmed a War Plane: Book Talk Tonight at the P&J Centre

Tonight at the Peace and Justice Centre: Author Activist Andrea Needham tells the gripping inside account of how ten women disarmed a Hawk jet bound for genocide in East Timor – and were acquitted. Marking the 20th anniversary of the …

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Peace Poppies

Peace poppies ‘You should be ashamed of yourself wearing that. It’s disrespectful’. Aggressive language in church always throws me. So I found myself unable to answer my interlocutor that Sunday morning here in St X’s. Now, with respect, and several …

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Where to find White Poppies in Edinburgh

White Poppies are worn in the run-up to Remembrance Day every year by thousands of people in the UK and beyond. We wear White Poppies to remember casualties of all nationalities who have been killed in wars, to express an ongoing …

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Peace & Justice Centre Demands France Protect Calais Children

On 28 October the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre called on the French Consul in Edinburgh with a letter to Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve demanding France protect children who slept rough following demolition of the Calais camp. We had delivered …

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P&J Centre Message to UK & France: Protect Unaccompanied Children

On Tuesday 18 October we held a vigil calling for the UK to fulfil its pledge to welcome thousands of unaccompanied refugee children to the UK, especially from Calais and for France to insure protection of the children in the …

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Welcoming Refugees and Children P&J Centre Event Packed Out

    The Peace and Justice Centre’ panel discussion on Welcoming Refugees held at University of Edinburgh on 8 October had to be moved at the last moment to a larger lecture theater to accomodate the audience of two hundred, …

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French demolition workers set about razing makeshift shelters in the "Jungle" migrant camp for a third day on March 2, 2016 under close watch of dozens of police officers equipped with water cannon. The destruction of the southern half of the sprawling shantytown in the northern port city of Calais, where thousands of migrants and refugees have gathered in the hope of finding passage to England, has sparked often violent resistance from residents. / AFP / DENIS CHARLET        (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Write Theresa May, Amber Rudd, Your MP, and MSPs Today: SAVE the Calais Children Before Its Too Late.

The Peace and Justice Centre is calling on the government to take in all those children remaining in the Calais refugee camp who have the right to be in Britain before the French begin demolishing the camp – possibly this …

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UK Should Admit Unaccompanied Children from Calais

The French government has announced its intention to bulldoze the the precarious homes of  the most marginalised people on our planet, living as they do in makeshift shanties, tenuous tents and donated caravans in the Calais camp at the edge …

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July 30: World Day against Trafficking in Persons

In May 2016, the Guardian ran a story about a hotel in the Scottish Highlands, where the Bangladeshi owner scammed other Bangladeshis into coming to work for him, with the promise of high wages. Tricked into selling their possessions and …

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TRIDENT NO MORE Demonstrations Set for 30 Locations Across Scotland Saturday

With the UK Parliament set to vote Monday 18 July on renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system Demonstrations are being organised by the Scrap Trident Coalition in 30 towns and cities across Scotland at noon on Saturday 16 July calling …

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Non-combatants: More than just numbers

Kristee Boyd argues that targetted assasinations often kill innocents and only generate more terrorism. If you fight terror with terror, how can you tell which is which?  – Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris in ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ The Obama administration has …

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Considering the right to Freedom from Torture

Marking UN International Day in support of Victims of Torture P&J blogger Kristee Boyd considers the uncomfortable question torture and how we might be complicit: Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.  – William Pitt the Younger   …

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Intimate Violence and Public Terrorism: Not so disconnected

By now, most people have seen the interview with Sitora Yusufiy, wherein she testifies about the severe abuse she experienced during her marriage to Omar Mateen, perpetrator of the Orlando nightclub massacre. A number of sources, including the New York …

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Policy paper Addresssing the Needs of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in Scotland

This briefing paper arises out the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre’s concern for the consequences of conflicts around the world, notably in Syria, which have led to large outflows of refugees, and the situation that the refugees, including children, find …

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