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Justice and Peace for LIFE We are pleased that you

have been able to print so quickly the reply from J. J. Scarisbrick (May 19) to the letter from Charles Perryman (May 12), about "Human Rights and LIFE." We feel that it is important that the following be clarified:

1. We are glad to note an apology from the Editor and we would wish that it be understood that we too were concerned that the headline distorted the spirit of the letter. 2. The letter from Mr Perryman was sent by him as chairman of one of the Sheffield Justice and Peace Groups, on our letterheading. Mr Perryman's letter expressed the concern of the undersigned and had our prior agreement.

3. The view ascribed to Mr Perryman that he is convinced that it is immoral to attend World Cup matches is not one that should be deduced from his letter. We believe that such decisions are for individuals.

The issue is whether it is a good idea for a human rights group to be associated with a regime which so cruelly violates the human rights of our fellow men.

4. Each of the undersigned identifies strongly with the aims and objectives of LIFE. Each admires much of the practical concern and help given by members of LIFE to mothers in great need. However, each has some reservations about the means by which LIFE sets about achieving those aims and objectives with which we identify. 5. Despite these reservations and our consequent reluctance to "join LIFE" there is a measure of practical support to the Sheffield LIFE group from this Justice and Peace Group — particularly in the area of the establishing of the LIFE Housing Trust at a local level.

6. The work of members of this Justice and Peace Group extends not only to Argentina and LIFE but also to Chile, Africa, Russia, the Philippines and Northern Ireland. At home, it includes practical involvement in housing and homelessness, aid to disabled children, work with the offender and ex-offender, disarmament and refugee and racial justice issues. The powerhouse of the group is prayer, fellowship and study.

7. We arc, of course, sensitive to the needs and interests of "specialist" human rights groups and we admire much of what they do. We draw upon :heir work and their expertiss. We are sorry, therefore, that the conclusion drawn is that we aka "knocking LIFE.' Indeed, we had written to the Scottish LIFE Group concerned four weeks before sending our letter to the Editor — we have received no acknowledgement of that original letter,

8. Our intention was to draw attention to the implications of any such action by any such group as LIFE. We acknowledge that the issues are complex. We differ in our view from LIFE. However, it is important that such matters are given publicity in order that we all have an opportunity to learn from one another.

Kieran M. Hosty Charles Perryman Della Kay Clare Connerton Chris Desa Clare Enright Frances Ludlow Michael Turner Sheffield Area Justice and Peace Group Norfolk Street,

Sheffield.




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