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Pledges bring hope to refugees for 2016, but what about next year?

21 September 2016 - Christian Aid welcomes the financial, resettlement and support pledges made at Tuesday’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, but said they were no substitute for more stable year-on-year funding and a permanent agreement on resettling refugees to meet the significant levels of need today.

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Christian Aid welcomes Dáil debate on Apple tax

7 September 2016 - Christian Aid warmly welcome the recall of the Dáil, describing it as an important day for tax justice campaigners in Ireland.

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Corporate and state secrecy at heart of Apple ruling

30 August 2016 - Christian Aid calls for full Dáil debate on tax ruling.

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Colombia: On-going support from Ireland will be critical to support a historic end to the world's longest conflict

25 August 2016 - Christian Aid Ireland and its partners have warmly welcomed the announcement of the final agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla group.

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Colombia: Does the final peace deal mark an end to the world's longest conflict?

24 August 2016 - Christian Aid and its partners warmly welcome today’s announcement of the final agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla group. However, they also urge the government to ensure implementation of the agreement and dismantle paramilitary groups as a matter or priority, to guarantee lasting peace.

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World Humanitarian Day: praise for aid workers on the front line in South Sudan

18 August 2016 - On World Humanitarian Day, Friday August 19, Christian Aid is paying tribute to aid workers who face significant dangers and difficulties as they provide relief to people caught up in crisis zones.

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Christian Aid welcomes CPD implementation of its anti-tax dodging campaign

9 August 2016 - Christian Aid has warmly welcomed the announcement that the Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) in the Department of Finance will ask companies bidding for large contracts to self-certify that they pay the correct amount of tax.

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Christian Aid partners in Israel to stand tall in the face of law that seeks to silence voices working for justice

14 July 2016 - On July 11th, the Israeli Knesset passed a controversial bill requiring non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that receive more than fifty per cent of their funding from foreign governments to declare so publicly.

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South Sudan churches call for peace as country marks five years of independence

08 July 2016 - South Sudan’s church leaders have appealed for an end to violence in the country, as it prepares to mark five years of independence on July 9 amid a backdrop of economic crisis, severe food shortages and continued fighting.

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Two years on: Blockade leaves Gaza trapped in isolation and poverty

7 July 2016, Two years after war devastated large parts of the Gaza strip, claiming more than 1,500 civilian lives, Israel’s blockade stifles recovery for 1.8 million Palestinians living in the region.

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UK carbon budget vital to keep UK's place in low-carbon world, says Christian Aid

30 June 2016 - Responding to today’s Government announcement of the fifth carbon budget under the Climate Change Act, Christian Aid said it was urgent for the UK to confirm its commitment to tackling climate change at home and abroad by passing the budget quickly and at the recommended level.

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We’re nearly there with new financial transparency law, says Christian Aid

28 June 2016 - A new law to help curb multinational tax abuse across the world almost won House of Commons approval today, after 273 MPs from all the major parties today voted in favour of the change.

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Brexit: the UK must continue to be an international leader against poverty, says Christian Aid

24 June 2016 - The UK must remain an outward-looking country and an international leader against poverty and global threats following voters' historic decision to leave the European Union, Christian Aid said today.

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Please help reveal the truth about tax, Christian Aid urges MPs

13 June 2016 - Christian Aid is calling on MPs of all parties to support a change in the law that would help rich and poor countries collect more of the tax billions they are owed by multinationals.

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Iraq crisis two years on: Christian Aid continues to help those caught in the crossfire

10 June 2016 - Christian Aid has helped more than 225,000 people in Iraq over the last two years and is scaling up its response to meet the mounting needs of those most recently affected by the conflict.

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Christian Aid: Anti-corruption summit opportunity to demonstrate new government's commitment to tackling tax dodging

11 May 2016 - Christian Aid call on Minister Frances Fitzgerald to respond to Panama leaks by announcing plans to introduce a public register in Ireland of the true flesh and blood owners of companies.

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Christian Aid welcomes latest Panama paper revelations and call for immediate government action

9 May 2016 - Christian Aid today welcomed the latest Panama Papers revelations, but called for governments to respond systemically to the problem, rather than to focus on particular individuals.

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'Commission tax avoidance proposals cack handed and woefully inadequate' - Christian Aid

Sorley McCaughey: These proposals fly in the face of all that we know is needed to be done to tackle corporate tax avoidance.

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NGO highlights two areas where Irish government can take meaningful action to help tackle Panama Leaks activity

4 April 2016 - ‘Shocking, damning indictment of murky world of offshore finance’, say Christian Aid Ireland

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EC Tax proposals are a missed chance to help developing countries

28 January 2015 - Missed chance to help developing countries

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New ruling against ‘sweetheart’ tax deals could have global impact: Christian Aid

October 21 2015 - The European Commission’s new ruling against ‘sweetheart’ tax deals, between Starbucks and the Netherlands and between Fiat Chrysler and Luxembourg, is a critically important recognition that one country’s tax decisions can severely damage other countries, Christian Aid says today.

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Christian Aid welcomes spillover analysis but reserves judgement on its usefulness

13 October 2015 - Christian Aid today welcomed publication of the government’s spillover analysis, but reserved judgement on its usefulness until seeing how the government choses to respond to the findings of the analysis.

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Christian Aid joins calls for investigation into US airstrike on Afghan hospital

October 9 2015 - Christian Aid today joined calls for a commission set up under the Geneva Conventions to investigate the US bombing of a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Afghanistan which killed 12 medical staff and 10 patients. A further 24 staff and nine patients remain unaccounted for.

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'Sticking-plaster approach' will not end multinational tax dodging crisis

05 October 2015 - New proposals on how to make multinationals pay their taxes amount to a ‘sticking-plaster approach’ which will leave global companies in a position to continue to cheat poor countries out of billions every year, Christian Aid warns today.

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World stands at a crossroads between pain and hope, as Global Goals launch

25 September 2015 - As Pope Francis, world leaders and rock stars gather in New York today to launch the Global Goals, Christian Aid says the world stands at a crossroads between pain and hope.

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Remember the victims, urges Christian Aid, as Colombia looks set to end 50 years of armed conflict

24 September 2015 - An agreement between the Colombian government and rebel group FARC to sign a peace deal in six months, set up a Truth Commission, and establish special courts to deal with crimes related to the country’s 50-year armed conflict is momentous, said Christian Aid today.

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Vast majority believe tax avoidance by multinationals to be morally wrong

17 September 2015 - 70% of people believe tax avoidance by multinationals to be morally wrong - even if considered legal – Christian Aid Poll

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Sustainable Development Goals deal creates new momentum towards a better world

3 August 2015 - Intense negotiations between 193 countries have produced an agreement which will open a new era in the fight against poverty, inequality and environmental destruction, Christian Aid said today.

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Addis finance talks: Some positives, but ultimately a victory for vested interests, says Christian Aid

July 16 2015 - The Addis talks on how to pay for poor countries’ development asked all the right questions but failed to provide clear answers to some of today’s most pressing global issues, Christian Aid said today.

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Are Irish tax policies harming human rights at home and abroad? Christian Aid

12 February 2015 - Are Irish tax policies harming human rights at home and abroad? Christian Aid

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Systematic human rights abuses in Colombia - Irish Government should reject plans to sign Free Trade EU-Colombia Agreement

28 January 2015 - Irish organisations call on Irish Government to make good on their stated commitment to international human rights and reject the EU Free Trade agreement with Colombia due to systematic human rights abuses in the country.

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Five years after the devastating earthquake, Haiti begins to rise from the ruins

Brown and bare forest in Haiti

12 January 2015 - Five years ago today I was sitting at my desk in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, having a Skype conversation with my colleague in Jamaica. It was a day like any other.

Haiti five years on

EU bank ordered to reveal what it knows about Glencore tax allegations

10 December 2014 - The EU’s own bank has been ordered to reveal what it knows about alleged tax evasion by a mining company controlled by commodities giant Glencore.

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Christian Aid warning about NI corporation tax

5 December 2014 - Christian Aid today sounded a note of caution in response to proposals to reduce the rate of corporation tax in Northern Ireland.

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Christian Aid praises move to end ‘Double Irish’ as land mark moment for tax justice

14 October 2014 - Christian Aid today praised the Irish government’s decision to phase out of the ‘Double Irish’ tax avoidance scheme as a landmark moment in the fight for tax justice. It warned, however, that plans by the government to introduce a ‘Knowledge Development Box’ tax allowance would be a retrograde step.

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Michael Noonan urged to stop European Bank's 'extraordinary' slide towards secrecy.

11 September 2014 - Campaigners are urging Michael Noonan to help halt a dangerous slide towards secrecy at a giant bank of which Ireland is a part owner.

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Gaza conflict costs agriculture and fisheries sectors more than $100 million

27 August 2014 - Christian Aid partner in Gaza, the Agricultural Development Association, estimates that the recent conflict has cost the agricultural and fisheries sectors more than US$100 million, resulting in more than 8,700 families losing their means of income.

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End the horror in Iraq

8 August 2014 - Christian Aid is horrified by the terrifying situation in northern Iraq where hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in fear of their lives in the last few days due to the advance of IS (Islamic State) forces.

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Christian Aid scales up emergency response to Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

5 August 2014 - Christian Aid has scaled up its response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone to target 3.8 million people across the country with potentially life-saving advice on how to avoid contracting the deadly disease.

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Gaza ceasefire: chance to reach out to a population at breaking point

5 August 2014 - Christian Aid’s partners in Gaza are using the 72-hour ceasefire to reach some of the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the conflict with life saving medicine, food and clean water.

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Christian Aid statement on Gaza: Impunity must end

Men queuing behind bars

30 July 2014 - Christian Aid has been working with the poorest people in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory since the early 1950s, when we provided help to Palestinian refugees.

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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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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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