Rachel Sweetman

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Court of Appeal rules UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are UNLAWFUL

Image courtesy of CAAT

Today the Court of Appeal has ruled that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen are unlawful. The Court found that the government has failed to properly assess whether there have been breaches of International Humanitarian Law.

This historic judgment means that the government must now stop issuing new arms exports licences and suspend existing licences to export arms to Saudi for use in Yemen, and retake all decisions in accordance with the law.

Pax Christi is delighted with this news but the battle is not over! We know it should not have taken a court case and us campaigning for government to listen – Write to your MP now and tell them about this ruling, keeping the pressure on! These sales should never have happened in the first place. How many lives have been lost through the sale of BILLIONS of pounds worth of weapons from the UK? How long will this country refuse to acknowledge the blood on its hands…

If you  would like to write to your MP please do so through the CAAT website

Sincere gratitude and thanks to all those who have taken part in this work.

Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/06/20/court-of-appeal-rules-uk-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-are-unlawful/

Latest Justpeace out now

Our new Justpeace is out now!

In this edition of Justpeace we hear from Valerie Flessati about the First World War Peace Forum and the work that Pax Christi has been involved in leading up to the Centenary of the First World War. Pat Gaffney reports on the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative and Clare Shanley shares her experience of her first Pax Christi women’s gathering in Birmingham this year.

Also in this issue we hear more about the Peace prize winners from our annual gathering.

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Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/06/17/latest-justpeace-out-now/

IN THE PRESS: Pax Christi – A world without nuclear weapons

Imagine a world without nuclear weapons: it isn’t hard to do…

In the press this weekend, The Catholic Universe has published an article by Pax Christi Director – Theresa Alessandro.

The Non-Proliferation Treaty has been stuck on Article VI for decades.
Nuclear weapon-possessing governments cite the risk to stability of any
upsetting of a nuclear balance. They point to a reduction in warhead
numbers as their contribution to disarmament. So the UK is down to
120 available warheads; equivalent to ‘only’ 960 Hiroshima-sized
bombs. New ways to be players on the world stage and new ways to
balance international relationships need to be constructed. Such are the
shifting, complex, interconnected sands of wicked problems.  The full article can be Found Here

(With thanks to Martin Birdseye for help with the reasoning around this topic, and to Mati Warwick for the photo of Theresa).



Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/06/07/in-the-press-pax-christi-a-world-without-nuclear-weapons/

Pentecost: Renew the face of the Earth

Feeling a presence that disturbs – Pentecost

Our final Pax Christi Eastertide reflection comes from Sister Katrina Alton. Katrina is a Sister of St Joseph of Peace and a Pax Christi member from Nottingham.

Trusting the Pentecost promise can be made real through our prayers and actions for peace and justice, we acclaim: ‘Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.’ (Psalm 103)

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Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/06/07/pentecost-renew-the-face-of-the-earth/

Peacemakers gather for a vibrant Pax Christi AGM (THE UNIVERSE)

The Universe today has released an article on our Annual Gathering last week.

London:A buzzing room of around80 Pax Christi UK members andsupporters gathered in London last Saturday for the Annual GeneralMeeting of the Catholic peace move-ment in Britain. They included peo-ple from the dioceses of Birming-ham, Liverpool, Leeds, Nottingham,Portsmouth, Salford, Shrewsbury,Southampton and Westminster, and two from Pax Christi in Scotland. They heard Chair Holly Ball wel-come the new Director Theresa Alessandro, who said she was “really enjoying” her new job. Theresa high-lighted that Pax Christi’s networksare Catholic, ecumenical and inter-faith, and in the near future she willbe taking forward the issue ofmorally responsible investment inIsrael and Palestine, and on nucleardisarmament.

Full Text Here

Permanent link to this article: http://paxchristi.org.uk/2019/05/24/peacemakers-gather-for-a-vibrant-pax-christi-agm-the-universe/