Independent: Government acted unlawfully by restricting 'ethical' boycotts of Israel

23 June 2017 - 11:45am
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War on Want in the Independent

In November 2015, the government announced its intention to block local councils in England and Wales from deciding how to invest their pension funds. It was a clear threat to our rights to organise divestment campaigns to make sure our councils aren't supporting human rights abusing companies. In response we launched our Protect Local Democracy campaign, in which over 23,000 people took action to reject the government's plan, joined by trade union branches, local councils, faith groups and MPs from across the political spectrum.  

Yesterday the High Court ruled that the government cannot block local councils from divesting from companies complicit in human rights abuses.

This is a victory for local democracy and the fight for human rights. Read our press release here.

We also feature in the Independent.

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The Ecologist: President Santos: environmental saint or sinner?

21 November 2017 - 11:00am

President Santos of Colombia recently won two international awards for championing peace and biodiversity despite criticism from campaigners who say he is "encouraging agro-industrial projects that displace local communities", writes Catherine Early at The Ecologist (20 November 2017).

Quoting War on Want's Seb Muñoz, Early writes about the controversies around Santos' contributions, including the issue of displacing indigenous people through destructive extraction industries:

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Rise, Resist, Renew: Alternatives to Mines & Money

20 November 2017 - 4:30pm

Between 25-30 November, we will be hosting frontline activists from Uganda, Philippines and Colombia to challenge the Mines and Money Conference in London – the premier space for the global mining industry and its destructive deals. Our speakers will be sharing stories of resistance, successes and alternatives to mining – and opposing mining violence and current threats from extracitivism in their communities. Join us!

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