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Christian Aid launches Iraq crisis appeal

16 June 2014 - Christian Aid has launched an appeal to enable its partner organisations in northern Iraq to step up relief operations to help the thousands who have fled in the face of an offensive by insurgents in recent days.

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Israel force feeding hunger striking prisoners a violation of human rights and medical ethics

12 June 2014 - Efforts to force feed more than 100 Palestinian detainees on hunger strike are a violation of human rights and should be condemned, says Christian Aid’s partner Physicians for Human Rights (PHR Israel)

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South Sudan crisis spilling over into regional emergency, warns Christian Aid

12 June 2014 - More than 350,000 refugees from the fighting in South Sudan are expected to flee across the border into Ethiopia in coming months, warns Christian Aid.

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Colombia: Peace talks must remain a priority

12 June 2014 - With the final round of the presidential elections due in Colombia, Christian Aid urges that peace talks between the government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels remain a priority.

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Glencore must end secrecy around its finances, says Christian Aid

16 May 2014 - Commodities giant GlencoreXstrata must open up its finances to public scrutiny to help reassure investors, governments and citizens about its international tax affairs, Christian Aid urges today.

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Christian Aid calls for safe return of Nigerian school girls

13 May 2014 - Christian Aid Ireland is supporting its team in Nigeria in its call for the release of the schoolgirls still being held by Boko Haram.

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Christian Aid welcomes Government move to analyse Irish tax policy

29 April 2014 - Christian Aid welcomes Government move to analyse Irish tax policy for possible impacts on developing countries.

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Pharmaceutical giant Shire quizzed over tax at Dublin AGM

29 April 2014 - The Irish based pharmaceutical company Shire will today (April 29th) face questions on tax avoidance from shareholders at its AGM in Dublin on Tuesday as part of a project by responsible investment campaign ShareAction and Christian Aid.

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Christian Aid praises role of Environment Committee in Developing Climate Bill, but criticises absence of key issues

23 April 2014 - Christian Aid praises role of Environment Committee in Developing Climate Bill, but criticises absence of key issues.

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Welcome for new EU move against tax evasion, money laundering & corruption

20 February 2014 - A major crime-fighting proposal which today won the backing of the European Parliament should embolden the government to declare their support for the initiative, says Christian Aid.

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Christian Aid criticises weak EC emissions target and calls on Ireland to play its part

22 January 2014 - Christian Aid criticises weak EC emissions target and calls on Ireland to play its part.

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‘Russian Dolls’ call on the government to reveal the real owners of phantom companies

20 January 2014 - Christian Aid, Transparency Ireland and Debt and Development Coalition have called on the Government to support moves in the European Union to strip away the secrecy that hides the true owners of companies.

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New report urges Irish government to prioritise issue of sexual violence in Colombia peace process

3 December 2013 - The rape, torture and sexual violence against women is the hidden reality for women in the ongoing Colombian conflict, a new report launched in Dublin shows. The report, ‘Colombia: Women, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and the Peace Process’, which is being launched by Christian Aid and Trocaire on behalf of ABColombia, urges the Irish government to take action.

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IPCC report a stark warning of the need for global climate action

27 September 2013 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released today is a stark warning of the need for urgent global action to avert devastating global warming, said Christian Aid today.

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Climate change already happening - world must heed new IPCC climate warnings says Christian Aid

23 September 2013 - Christian Aid is urging governments to heed the warnings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which publishes its new report on the state of the world’s climate on Friday 27 September.

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G20 makes good progress on tax but only for rich countries, says Christian Aid

6 September 2013 - G20 leaders’ decisions on tax and financial transparency are welcome but they do little or nothing for poor countries, which currently lose some $160 billion a year to tax dodging by multinationals, says Christian Aid.

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Land grabs robbing the world's poor

4 June 2013: The modern day rush for land has resulted in the daylight robbery of the world’s poor, human rights activists warn. Their homes, jobs and livelihoods are taken from them - often violently and with the collusion of the military or paramilitary groups.

Land grabbing

Irish government called on to address specific human rights issues in Colombia

23 April 2013 - Christian Aid Ireland warns that despite some advances made by the current Colombian government, significant human rights concerns persist. They are calling on the Irish government to use their seat on the Human Rights Council to raise the issue of sexual violence and the protection of human rights defenders at a United Nations review in Geneva today of human rights in Colombia.

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Irish Presidency urged to hold firm on Landmark EU banking rules

March 1 2013 - Agreement reached in Brussels this week to force banks to reveal more about their finances is a huge step towards getting companies to pay their taxes – although the new rules should be extended to other industries, according to Christian Aid.

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Climate Bill a 'lame effort' says Christian Aid

February 26 2013 - Christian Aid today described the Heads of Bill for the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill as a ‘lame effort’, and accused the government of having fluffed their lines.

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Christian Aid backs faith leaders’ call for action on global poverty

5 April 2013 - Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and religious leaders from across the G8 countries have called on Heads of Government to follow the UK in fulfilling existing commitments to spend 0.7% of national income on aid, in a letter to the Financial Times.

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Leading Congolese and international NGOs welcome Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework but call for further action

February 24 2013 - A group of prominent Congolese and international NGOs today called on countries in the Great Lakes region, along with their international partners, to ensure that the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement signed in Addis Ababa is given the political backing necessary to bring an end to war in the eastern Congo.

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Reforming Pakistani tax system vital – but aid increase to poor should not be at risk

4 April 2013 - MPs are right to say that the UK should strongly encourage Pakistan to raise its disastrously low rate of tax collection – but Christian Aid is concerned by the suggestion that any increase in UK aid be conditional on the country improving its tax system. Rather, UK aid should be used to help with such reform.

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Christian Aid Week bites back at hunger

2 April 2013 - Christian Aid Week (12-18 May 2013 www.caweek.org), Britain’s longest running door-to-door fundraising week, will this year be urging the British public to ‘bite back at hunger’ and ask why, in a world where there is enough food for everyone, 1 in 8 people go to bed hungry every night?

Christian Aid Week

Syria's “double refugees” face overcrowding and hardship in Lebanon

2 April 2013 - DEC reaches needs of Palestinian refugees, who risk missing out on vital help. Palestinians who have fled the violence in Syria are facing overcrowding, poor shelter and hardship in Lebanon, aid agencies from the UK's Disasters Emergency Committee said today.

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It’s time to make multinationals pay their fair share of tax, campaigners urge

27 March 2013 - The international system for taxing multinationals is broken and out of date, with many loopholes which allow unscrupulous companies to avoid paying their fair share - as the recent Google, Amazon and Starbucks scandals have shown. So say 58 campaigning organisations today, in a response to the OECD’s February report Addressing Base Erosion and Profit Shifting.

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DEC announces Syria Crisis Appeal

20 March 2013 - The Disasters Emergency Committee has today announced that it will launch an appeal tomorrow for people affected by the conflict in Syria. The announcement follows a dramatic deterioration in the humanitarian situation since the beginning of the year.

Syria Crisis Appeal

84-year-old twins set for 8000 foot sky dive to raise money for Christian Aid

March 7 2013 - A set of 84-year-old twins are teaming up for a charity skydive to raise money for Christian Aid. Pensioners Frank and Ralph Land will be jumping out of a plane at 8000 feet on April 1st - April Fool’s Day - to raise money for some of the world’s poorest people.

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Leading Congolese and international NGOs welcome Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework but call for further action

February 24 2013 - A group of prominent Congolese and international NGOs today called on countries in the Great Lakes region, along with their international partners, to ensure that the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement signed in Addis Ababa is given the political backing necessary to bring an end to war in the eastern Congo.

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Christian Aid urges UK government to continue backing UN peace and security deal for DRC

February 18 2013 - Christian Aid is urging the UK Government to further support the signing and implementation of the United Nations recently proposed DRC and Great Lakes peace and security deal, which was inexplicably stalled at an African Union Summit meeting in Addis on January 28th.

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Christian Aid launches new 'Count Your Blessings' mobile app for Lent

February 11 2013 - With Lent beginning on Wednesday February 13, Christian Aid has launched a brand new mobile app to help people pause and think about their lives and those of others around the world.

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Humanitarian groups: International community is 'failing the people of Syria'

January 29 2013 - On the eve of a key meeting of donor counties, a coalition of six international humanitarian agencies has warned that the UN’s record $1.5 billion Syria humanitarian appeal remains only 3% funded, and some of the world’s richest countries have failed to provide sufficient support.

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Christian Aid condems shooting of Brazilian landless rights leader

January 28 2013 - Christian Aid has condemned the fatal shooting of Brazilian landless rights leader Cicero Guedes on Saturday. Mr Guedes, 54, a sugar cane cutter, was the leader of the landless people’s movement (MST) and was killed while returning home from a meeting on his bicycle.

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Escalating violence in northern Mali is fuelling hunger in the Sahel

January 25 2013 - The recent escalation of fighting and the subsequent displacement of people within Mali and to neighbouring countries is exacerbating the Sahel’s chronic food crisis and contributing to ever-rising levels of malnutrition, warns Yacouba Kone, Christian Aid’s Mali country director.

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Christian Aid Collective invites young people to share a meal and discuss issues of faith and injustice

January 18 2013 - The Christian Aid Collective is to host a series of meals around the country, where young Christians can share food and discuss what they can do together to end global poverty.

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Christian Aid and Institute of Fundraising develop one hundred new fundraisers

January 7 2013 - In a drive to inspire generous giving and ensure a positive future, Christian Aid has invested in some specially tailored training for over one hundred of its regional and headquarters staff. Working with the Institute of Fundraising (IoF), the charity developed a three day classroom-based course which, taken with a short online IoF course, leads to staff being awarded the IoF’s Introduction to Fundraising Certificate.

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