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News in brief

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02 November 2006

Forum criticises new Terrorism Bill
THE Three Faiths Forum this week expressed "profound concern" about plans, announced by the Home Secretary on Wednesday, to allow detention and questioning of suspects for up to three months under the Terrorism Bill. The Forum, which brings together Christians, Muslims, and Jews, warned that the Bill might breach the Human Rights Convention.

Church leaders back football fan’s case
THE BISHOP OF LIVERPOOL, the Rt Revd James Jones, and other church leaders in Merseyside have asked for witnesses to the incident that led to the arrest of Michael Shields to come forward. Mr Shields, a football fan, was jailed for 15 years after being convicted of attempted murder. He maintains he is innocent of the offence, which took place outside a bar in Varne, Bulgaria, after a match in July. An appeal is expected soon in Bulgaria.

Ruling on prisoners’ vote hailed
A COALITION OF POLITICIANS, ex-offenders, human-rights groups, prison reformers, and church leaders, including the Church of England’s Bishop for Prisons, Dr Peter Selby, and his Roman Catholic counterpart, last week welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The court decided that the present blanket ban on voting by sentenced prisoners violated the European Convention on Human Rights.

Hospice Day launched with music
MORE THAN 350 CONCERTS in nearly 50 countries, presented as webcasts across the world, took place for the first Hospital and Palliative Care Day last Saturday. Participants included Billy Bragg, Jarvis Cocker, and Michael Nyman. The Day has been developed by 14 voluntary organisations, and is supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who urged people to be involved in the "important global event".

Aid workers set free
THREE AID WORKERS with the Sudan Social Development Organisation, a CAFOD partner, captured at gunpoint while visiting the Zam Zam camp in the Darfur region on 30 September ( News, 7 October), were released, unharmed, on Thursday of last week.

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