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Take Action to Stop Arming Saudi

Our current theme at Peace Hub is all about putting human rights before the profits of the arms trade.  The UK government claims that it carefully screens applications to sell weapons around the world, to make sure that they won’t be used for repression, human rights abuses or targeting civilians. Yet the UK’s biggest customer […]

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Stop Arming Repression

Photo: Stop the Arms Fair. From now through till mid-October, Peace Hub’s theme is Stop Arming Repression: let’s put human rights first. In 2016, the UK exported arms to over 100 countries, including many that are repressing their own people and/or engaging in violent conflicts where civilians are being targeted.  Arms export licences (granted by […]

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Global Peace Index 2017

The Institute for Economics and Peace have published their 2017 Global Peace Index. It’s an in-depth look at peace and violence around the world, ranking countries according to a range of indicators from ‘weapons imports /exports’ or ‘terrorism impact’, to ‘relations with neighbours’.  You can see an interactive map on the Vision of Humanity website. […]

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Sneak Peek at 2017

We’re nearly at the end of 2016, and what a year it’s been! Now we look ahead to exciting plans for the year ahead.  We’ve mapped out our focus themes for 2017 and are looking forward to sharing ideas with you about them, and standing together to take action. If any of these topic catch […]

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Even more Brum Peace & Justice Events this Autumn!

Some additions to the growing list of Peace & Justice events happing in Birmingham, autumn 2016! UpRising Leadership Courses for 19-25s 9 months, starting October & November 2016, Birmingham “UpRising Birmingham has TWO leadership development programmes for 19-25s this Autumn and we’d love your help to spread the word!  Applications are now open for both programmes: to apply visit www.uprising.org.uk/apply. Our […]

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Time to Bin Trident

Let’s spend £100 billion on health, housing & renewables: not nuclear weapons. In early 2016, parliament will vote on whether to renew the Trident system of nuclear weapons. Costing over £100 billion across 40 years, it will be the biggest spending decision this parliament makes. Instead, that money could pay for any of these things: […]

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Arms Trade: the Foreign Office Responds

At the end of last year, Peace Hub ’embargoed’ a giant arms export license and members of the public signed a petition calling for an arms embargo to Egypt and other  countries where UK arms could be used for repression. Now the Foriegn Office has responded – with some steps in the right direction, and […]

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Official Launch a Success!

Thanks to everyone who attended our Official Launch yesterday!  Here’s how it went: On Thursday 26th February Central England Quakers celebrated the opening of Peace Hub with a special all-day launch event. School-children and the public joined with local figures, to celebrate with a Fairtrade cuppa and a slice of cake.  In the evening NGOs […]

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New Internationalist on the UK’s relaxed attitude to arms

An interesting article by  Edward Robinson was published on the New Internationalist blog last week, detailling how a recent parliamentary inquiry into Britain’s arms exports found that the criterion for embargoing arms has been relaxed in recent years. The nub of the matter is that, instead of the refusing an arms export licence where there […]

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