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Reaction: Fortress EU is creating conditions for exploitation of migrant workers

10 August 2017 - 12:00pm

Responding to the release of Verisk Maplecroft Modern Slavery Index that exposes modern slavery increasing across the EU, Owen Espley, Labour Rights campaigner at War on Want said:

“The rise in modern slavery and extreme exploitation of migrants across the EU is an inevitable consequence of “Fortress Europe”. Irregular workers are often afraid to approach the authorities to complain about exploitation through fear they'll be detained or deported, and treated as criminals.

Reaction: Immigration System Risks Race to the Bottom

27 July 2017 - 11:45am

Commenting on The Home Secretary’s article “An immigration system that works for all” [1] and Commission to the Migration Advisory Committee to research EU and European Economic Area (EEA) migration and its role in the wider economy [2], Owen Espley Labour Rights campaigner, War on Want said:

Israel's militarisation of Al Aqsa violates Palestinian rights

21 July 2017 - 10:30am

Israel’s militarisation of the Al Aqsa mosque is a clear example of the wide ranging repression facing Palestinians.

New report: HSBC a ‘crucial link in the chain’ of Palestinian oppression says War on Want

12 July 2017 - 12:30pm

Some of the UK’s best known banks and financial institutions are complicit in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people according to a new report by War on Want.

Taylor Review: there’s nothing modern about exploitation

11 July 2017 - 12:15am

 

Tuesday 11 July, 2017

Responding to the recommendations made in the Matthew Taylor Review on Modern Employment, Owen Espley Labour Rights campaigner at War on Want said:

“Matthew Taylor’s recommendations are toothless and will do little to end the exploitation and abuse of workers. For the most marginalised, women and migrant workers, who are treated as commodities not human beings, this report is a missed opportunity to end the unfair employment practices that blight their lives.

UK government complicit in Saudi Arabia’s war crimes, no matter what the high court says

10 July 2017 - 1:00pm

The court’s decision is dangerous, as it lends added legitimacy to a poorly regulated arms trade that allows for profit to be made from death and destruction, says War on Want.

Trump visit: Government must not 'cosy up' to US president

3 July 2017 - 10:15am

The last thing the UK government should be offering is a veneer of respectability to someone who promotes divisive and reactionary policies such as Muslim and refugee bans.

Campaigners win legal challenge over government’s 'anti-democratic' pension regulation

22 June 2017 - 12:30pm

Today 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. 

BBC investigation highlights BAE’s deadly deals and UK’s role in arming repression

15 June 2017 - 3:15pm

The BBC report simply underscores the central role that the UK government plays in arming repression around the world. It makes a mockery of any commitment to democracy and human rights. The UK government has a serious case to answer in allowing these deadly deals to be done.

Judicial review into government’s attack on local democracy begins

14 June 2017 - 10:30am

A judicial review over the UK government’s controversial new pension investment regulations begins today. 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.

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