Category Archives: NJPN Statements

The Home Affairs Committee report on system for asylum accommodation: NJPN response


It is unacceptable that those who have fled intolerable and dangerous situations, leaving behind homes and treasured possessions, should not find a welcome among us.

We must, however, recognise the fact that many of our fellow citizens also feel like strangers in a society where they feel increasingly excluded from the mainstream and are equally inadequately housed. It cannot be a question of ‘them or us’ where vulnerable groups are used as political footballs.

We reconise that there is a national shortage of decent affordable housing but in a highly developed country all people must have access to a safe space where they may live with dignity and achieve both physical and mental well-being. We must continually raise our voices and support those groups and agencies working for a fair distribution of resources and a comprehensive housing policy where no one is forced to merely exist in a place which diminishes their humanity.  

Anne Peacey

For Catholic Universe 17.2.17

Home affairs committee conclusions and recommendations


Comment from NJPN on the possible use of torture by Donald Trump

NJPN comment for the Catholic Universe, 3.1.17


NJPN finds the suggestion that Donald Trump would not be concerned by the use of waterboarding as a means of interrogation completely unacceptable.  It is further disturbed by the view expressed by Tory MP Bob Stewart that, whilst not condoning waterboarding, suggested that sometimes other forms of torture might be justified as methods of interrogation.

In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we read that:  “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” (Article 5) and further “Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law” (Article 6)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “torture which uses physical or moral violence to extract confessions, punish the guilty, frighten opponents, or satisfy hatred is contrary to respect for the person and for human dignity”(para: 2297)


Anne Peacey 30.1.17

NJPN response to Berlin Christmas Market Tragedy

We offer our prayers and thoughts to everyone involved in the horrendous event in Berlin last evening. We pray for those who lost their lives and for all who were injured or witnessed this tragedy and for their families. We remember also the victims of the attack in Turkey. 

The Christmas season should be one of good will to all people, when families and friends make a special effort to celebrate together.

We must all resolve to work together with even more urgency for a change of heart, we cannot place all responsibility on our elected leaders to effect change. We must each use our voice for the good of all people.

We must act in a responsible manner and not allow voices of hate to use this terrible situation to fuel division or the targeting of any vulnerable groups.

Anne Peacey,  for NJPN Exec.


Louise Zanre

The very sad news of the death of Louise Zanre has touched so many people and NJPN sends its prayers and thoughts to her family and friends.
Her colleagues and her extended refugee family will miss her commitment, her calm and compassionate nature and her wonderful example of care and concern as she worked for justice for many vulnerable people.
Louise was a consultant for NJPN and attended many of our meetings and we could always rely on her for sound and reasoned advice.

Louise was due to contribute to the NJPN column in the Catholic Universe this coming weekend. Replacing that article will be a ‘speaking personally’ contribution originally printed in the NJPN Newsletter of Spring 2014.

Louise’s funeral will take place on Monday 29th February at 10.30 am at Farm Street Church. Louise’s sister Dina has asked that donations be sent to JRS-UK in place of flowers

The following statement has been issued by Jonathan Parr, Assistant Director JRS UK:

JRS UK is sorry to have to inform you of the death of Louise Zanre, former Director of JRS-UK. Louise’s death was unexpected, but she had been unwell for some considerable time. She had stepped down from the post of JRS Director at the beginning of this year, although she was continuing to work with us and contribute her great experience
JRS-UK would be grateful for prayers for Louise, her family, her colleagues and all the many refugees who loved her. She will be greatly missed.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory.