War on Want supports legal challenge to UK government's pension policy

16 December 2016 - 2:45pm
Press release

Responding to news that the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is taking the UK government to court over its controversial new pension investment regulations, Ryvka Barnard, War on Want's senior militarism and security campaigner, said: 

"The government has a serious case to answer when it blocks local communities from taking ethical stances against the likes of G4S whose complicity in the abuse of Palestinians’ human rights is proven.

"War on Want’s members and allies ran local divestment campaigns to hold G4S to account for its deplorable record. Local people should be applauded for caring about human rights but the new regulations make this kind of action impossible.

"The government’s contempt for the public and their views is shocking and makes a mockery of any commitment it claims to have to democracy and human rights." 

This week PSC applied to take the government to judicial review.  War on Want and Campaign Against Arms Trade provided witness statements to support the case.

Notes to editors

For more information and to arrange interviews contact Ross Hemingway on 07983 550 728

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