18 June 2013, Press releases
Responding to the outcomes of G8 summit, War on Want’s tax campaigner Murray Worthy said:Add Comment
17 June 2013, Press releases
The anti-poverty charity War on Want today blamed David Cameron’s failed UK tax policies for undermining prospects of a breakthrough on tackling tax evasion and avoidance at the G8 summit which starts today in Northern Ireland.Add Comment
14 June 2013, Press releases
The anti-poverty charity War on Want today dismissed David Cameron’s summit with Britain’s overseas territories tomorrow (Saturday) as “all show and no substance” and demanded legislation to abolish all of the UK’s tax havens.Add Comment
13 June 2013, Latest news
The debate on the G8 and its New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is hotting up. Following on from the critical pieces listed at the bottom of the previous post, George Monbiot has weighed in with a timely critique in the Guardian comparing the New Alliance to the colonial scramble for Africa back in 1884. As noted previously, African farmers’ movements and civil society groups have used the same language to condemn the New Alliance, denouncing it as part of a “new wave of colonialism” launched by the G8. The highly respected author on food issues Raj Patel has also slammed the G8′s approach to malnutrition for stripping away the politics of poverty in order to open the way for corporate takeover.Add Comment
12 June 2013, Latest news
On 13 June, Honduran indigenous leader Berta Caceres will face a criminal court in Santa Barbara in Honduras.
Berta is a leader of the Lenca peoples, which are fighting in Honduras for human rights and their territorial rights. According to Amnesty International, violence dominates the political agenda in Honduras, and social protest is increasingly being criminalised.
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12 June 2013, Latest news
Responding to the announcement by Craig Cannonier, premier of Bermuda, that the island jurisdiction would refuse to sign an international tax treaty at a summit held by David Cameron this Saturday, Murray Worthy, tax campaigner at War on Want said:
“Bermuda’s rejection of this international tax treaty shows that Cameron’s tough talk of taking on tax havens is just that – talk. If Cameron was actually serious about tackling tax havens he could simply legislate to abolish all the UK’s tax havens, including Bermuda.
“Rather than taking decisive action, Cameron has chosen to invite the UK’s own tax havens to sign a deal that only tinkers at the edges of their secrecy.
“It is an outrage that many of the world’s most significant tax havens that are used to dodge taxes around the world are British. Cameron’s failure to end this scandal is another nail in the coffin of his credibility on tackling tax dodging.”Add Comment
07 June 2013, Actions
Please click here for a selection of photos from the Stop G8 Fuelling Hunger demo, 8 June 2013.
06 June 2013, Latest news
The government is proposing to introduce new restrictions to limit the ability of people to make use of the Freedom of Information Act. The effect of these new proposals would be to make it far harder to get information out of the government, a vital tool for campaigners. Take action now and email your MP asking them to take a stand against these proposals.Add Comment
04 June 2013, Press releases
As the world’s biggest security company, G4S, prepares to face protests at its annual meeting this week, the firm’s leaders are today attacked for equipping Israeli prisons where, activists claim, Palestinian children have been tortured. The attack came from the anti-poverty charity War on Want, which also condemns the firm for misinformation that G4S intended to pull out of contracts in illegally occupied Palestine.Add Comment
03 June 2013, Press releases
African farmers’ movements and civil society groups have rejected the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition as part of a "new wave of colonialism" targeting their food systems for corporate profit.
The warning comes in a statement sent to G8 leaders today in advance of the ‘hunger summit’ to be hosted by David Cameron in London on 8 June, which will include a meeting of the New Alliance.Add Comment
25 May 2013, Press releases
Activists will today protest outside Mango and Benetton fashion stores in London’s Oxford Street over the retailers’ failure to compensate families of workers killed, as well as the injured, after the Bangladesh building collapse.Add Comment
24 May 2013, Latest news
The National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) in Bangladesh, War on Want's long term partner in fighting for garment workers' rights held a press conference in Dhaka to mark one month from the collapse of the Rana Plaza building that killed over 1,100 people, mostly female garment workers. The conference was also held to mark six months since the fire at the Tazreen factory in Dhaka which killed 123 workers.Add Comment
UK government moves step closer to unaccountable self-regulation for deadly Private Military and Security Companies industry
23 May 2013, Latest news
The UK government has announced its latest step towards the adoption of voluntary standards for Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs). Mark Simmons, the Foreign Office Minister, announced this month that the UK will shortly launch a pilot scheme to approve national commercial certification bodies that will audit companies according to a set of national standards. The government has not made clear how these certification bodies will operate and how their independence will be guaranteed in light of their commercial relationship with PMSC’s that have to pay a fee for the certification.Add Comment
22 May 2013, Latest news
This June, the G8 is meeting on the lakes of Lough Erne in the north of Ireland, its first summit hosted under a UK presidency since the 2005 gathering at the Scottish golf resort of Gleneagles. That year was notable for the mass mobilisation organised by the Make Poverty History coalition, which saw a quarter of a million people take to the streets of Edinburgh in protest at the G8’s economic policies. This year there is less excitement surrounding the G8, and questions abound as to the continuing relevance of the grouping in the brave new world of the twenty-first century. So who are the G8, and are they part of the solution or just part of the problem?Add Comment
22 May 2013, Latest news
Colombian human rights defender Alfamir Castillo has received yet another death threat in the run up to a court hearing in the case of the murder of her son and another man by the Colombian army. When Alfamir visited the UK in March, she described the terrifying attacks, persecution and threats which she and her family face: including having their home under constant surveillance by unidentified individuals and armed men arriving to their home to threaten and intimidate them.Add Comment
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