Local democracy under attack

15 February 2016 - 8:00am
Press release

Responding to reports today that the government plans to block local councils from taking action to protect human rights through divestment and procurement policies, Ryvka Barnard, Senior Campaigner on Militarism and Security at War on Want, said:

“This attack on local democracy is the latest in a sustained assault on our democratic rights and freedoms, following the Lobbying Act, Trade Union Bill, Prevent and much else. The threat is serious, and over 14,000 people have already responded to the government and made known their opposition to this attack.

“It’s vital we protect the right of local councils to make divestment and procurement decisions based on ethical grounds, in relation to Palestinian human rights, arms trade, fossil fuels, and other issues of concern. We encourage everyone who believes in local democracy to make their voices heard.”

War on Want has been at the forefront of the campaign to 'Protect Local Democracy' encouraging people to respond to the government's latest proposals. 

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