War on Want slams government report on human rights and democracy

21 April 2016 - 4:00pm
Press release

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office today published ‘Human Rights and Democracy Report 2015’.

In response, Ryvka Barnard, Senior Campaigner on Militarism and Security at War on Want, said:

“Year after year, the UK government uses the Human Rights and Democracy report to express concern over Israeli human rights abuses of Palestinians, while at the same time deepening its already close relationship with the Israeli government.

“For too long, government action has failed to match the rhetoric in these reports. While complaining about expanding settlements, the UK government continues to allow British companies to operate in them.

“The UK government states in the report that it is ‘concerned by the Israeli government’s violation of international human rights and humanitarian law’. Yet it continues to trade in arms with Israel, violating the UK’s own criteria for regulating the arms trade.

“This year Israel intensified its military occupation and Apartheid policies, and has widely threatened and intimidated Palestinian human rights defenders, including BDS activists. The UK government has responded by deepening its trade relations with Israel. Moreover, the UK government has now publicly condemned and clamped down on actions designed to hold Israel to account and bring it in line with international law.  

“Where the UK government fails to act, ordinary citizens step up by campaigning for boycott, divestment and sanctions. It’s time for the UK to live up to its obligations under international law and to stop supporting Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.”


Notes to Editors



Latest news

Event: "Curfew" Contemporary dance by El-Funoun & Hawiyya

16 March 2018 - 5:30pm

War on Want is happy to be supporting “Curfew”, a contemporary dance production performed by El-Funoun (Palestine) and Hawiyya Dance Company (UK), presented by Arts Canteen. "Curfew" is a thought-provoking contemporary dance production that encourages individuals to self-reflect and take action in front of injustice.

Read more

Families of massacred workers protest Lonmin’s final AGM tomorrow

13 March 2018 - 12:45pm

Families of massacred workers protest Lonmin’s final AGM tomorrow, saying corporate takeover doesn’t dissolve responsibility of mining company linked to South African president. 

Civil rights activist, bishop and lawyer representing workers at Marikana, South Africa, are in London this week to hold platinum mining company Lonmin to account over 2012 Massacre.

Read more

Join the conversation

Hear from Housing Assembly Women’s Collective, on the frontlines in the fight for decent housing in #SouthAfrica, a… https://t.co/QriRG0ZGM7 4 hours 51 min ago
It’s time to #StandWithMigrantWorkers and #EndPrecariousContracts https://t.co/xYTw4njV03 22 hours 17 min ago
What does real peace mean in #Colombia? Authoritarian extractivism? Or the view of social movements, which recognis… https://t.co/0b7DE2DhuP 1 day 19 hours ago