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20 January 2012

A response by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and the United Reformed Church

Background to our organisations

We welcome the draft Climate Change Bill and are grateful for an opportunity to comment on the proposed legislation.

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26 November 2010

NUAPP Submission to UK International Development Select Committee’s Evidence session on the prospects for sustainable peace in Uganda

1. What has been the impact of the ICC arrest warrants on the prospects for peace?

1.1 The immediate priority for those affected by the armed conflict in Northern Uganda is peace[1], defined as the “absence of violence, war, and/or conflict[2].

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24 November 2010

Submission to Joint Scrutiny Committee on the Draft Mental Health Bill

Introduction

1. The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) has long-standing experience of working with people who have suffered from emotional distress. We consider that the values of Trust, Autonomy, Consent and Truth need to underpin mental health legislation and that everyone has the potential for psychological growth and development through loving relationships. No one is born evil.

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24 November 2010

Introduction

This submission draws on my experience as Parliamentary Liaison Secretary for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It starts by looking at the purpose of the present House of Lords and considers the following areas:

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24 November 2010

Response to Export Credit Guarantee Department Public Consultation on Case Impact Analysis

In response to the three specific questions of the public consultation on 'case impact analysis.'

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24 November 2010

Submission to Defence Select Committee

We welcome the commitment of the U.K. Government to the 'Optional Protocol on the Rights of the Child on involvement in armed conflict" and the work of the Defence Select Committee in conducting this enquiry.

We would outline as particular areas of concern:

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24 November 2010

Submission to Defence Select Committee Inquiry on Missile Defence

'You cannot foster harmony by the apparatus of discord, nor cherish goodwill by the equipment of hate. But it is by harmony and goodwill that human security can be obtained.' (Quaker Faith and Practice 24.40)

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24 November 2010

Submission to Department of Trade and Industry

In response to Government White Paper on Commission for Equality and Human Rights

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24 November 2010

Memorandum to Development Select Committee on inquiry into conflict and development

1. The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is a religious denomination and charity with a longstanding commitment to the peaceful solution of violent conflict. This submission is based on our experience in the programmes of work of Quaker Peace and Social Witness, our corporate witness department, in former Yugoslavia and West Africa, and the work of the Quaker United Nations' Office in Geneva.         

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24 November 2010

Memorandum to Lord Carlile's independent review of the definition of terrorism in UK Law

1. The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is a religious charity excepted from registration. Quakers have a longstanding commitment both to upholding the law, and to maintaining the rights of legitimate, peaceful protest. We welcome the independent review of the definition of terrorism and hope that Parliament will act to narrow the scope of the current legal definition. 

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