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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Dan Berrigan – Peacemaker – Dies, age 94

The great “radical priest” Daniel Berrigan has died. With his brother Philip and a group of Catholic pacifists known as the Catonsville Nine he famously burned draft files, protesting the Vietnam War, in 1968 and with the Plowshares Eight, he …

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Peace & Global Justice Hustings Report

The Peace and Justice Centre and Campaign Against the Arms Trade organised a hustings in Central Edinburgh on Thursday 21 April, inviting questions on issues of war, peace and global justice. Speakers were RISE Lothians candidate Calum Martin, Liberal Democrat …

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Ask Your MSPs to Call on Scottish Government to Recognise International Conscientious Objectors Day

Alison Johnstone MSP (Scottish Greens) has lodged a motion calling on Scottish Parliament to recognise International Conscientious Objectors’ Day 15 May. The Peace and Justice Centre is urging all who share our vision of a world where conflicts are resolved without …

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Domicide in Calais – Demolition of “the Jungle”

Asylum seekers in Calais, residing in an area nicknamed “the Jungle” near the Port of Calais are being displaced from their makeshift homes. French authorities began demolition on Monday and plan to continue over the next couple weeks, sparking protests …

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Human Rights Torn Down In Calais ‘Jungle’ Dismantling

News has spread this morning of continued attempts by French police to dismantle what has become known as the Calais ‘Jungle’. The camp is home to hundreds of dwellings for some 3500 refugees currently inhabiting the region. The operation began …

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First World War Resisters Celebrated in P&J Exhibition at Scottish Storytelling Centre

  An exhibition of graphic posters telling stories of people and movements that opposed the First World War opens Thursday 25 February with a participatory, storytelling launch event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. The original, colourful posters in The World …

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100 years conscientious objection

On Thursday, 28 January 2016, Patrick Harvie, member of the Scottish Parliament, Quakers in Scotland and the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, hosted a reception to mark the centenary of the Military Service Act at the Scottish Parliament. The evening …

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Update: It’s 2016 and Sexism Still Exists

By Sarah MacDonald and Zoe Cameron Worryingly, there seems to be an increase of men in the media recently who have not caught up to the rest of us in 2016, where men and women should be equal and partners. …

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Conscription & Conscientious Objection – Pt 1

Marking the centenary of conscription we offer this the first of a two part article on the centenary of conscription in Britain. On 27 January 1916 the Military Service Act received the Royal Assent and became law, though to its …

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