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LuxLeaks: whistleblowers verdict ‘a scandal’ says War on Want

29 June 2016 - 2:15pm

A Luxembourg Court has handed the LuxLeaks whistleblowers suspended prison sentences and fines for their role in exposing global companies' secret tax deals in Luxembourg. For too long the public have been in the dark when it comes to the shady tax affairs of big business, so it’s a scandal that the whistleblowers should be punished for acting in the public interest and revealing the dodgy dealings of multinationals. 

High Court rejects attack on local councils standing up for Palestinians

28 June 2016 - 11:30am

Today the High Court ruled in favour of Swansea, Gwynedd and Leicester councils who faced a legal claim over motions passed concerning illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The ruling is a victory for local democracy and freedom of speech and affirms the right of local councils to act in solidarity with Palestinians and to ensure their policies are in line with international and UK law. 

Supply chain exploitation: 'supermarket watchdog needs more powers'

27 June 2016 - 8:00am

Supermarkets wield unprecedented power on a global scale, dictating unfair terms under which overseas producers are forced to sell their goods. While it’s clear from a recent investigation into Tesco that exploitation in supply chains is rife, the power of the Grocery Code Adjudicator to tackle abuse by the retailers and others in the supply chain remains limited.

Colombia ceasefire: ‘Ordinary Colombians must not be left behind’

23 June 2016 - 6:00pm

A post-conflict Colombia on the terms of the state is not enough, Colombians want peace with social and environment justice at its heart.

John Hilary to move on from War on Want after 12 years

20 June 2016 - 3:45pm

John Hilary has announced today that he is to step down from the position of Executive Director of War on Want in the autumn, after a period of 12 years with the organisation.

Refugees treatment is ‘cruel and shameful’

20 June 2016 - 11:45am

For too long western nations have fuelled conflict through invasions and occupations in the Middle East and by promoting the deadly arms trade, yet they continue to ignore their culpability in creating a global crisis where one in every 113 people is now either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee. On World Refugee Day, War on Want is joining the Safe Passage Now! protest at Australia House.

Soweto uprising 40 years on: Young people at forefront of political struggle

16 June 2016 - 10:45am

It's 40 years since the Soweto uprising and young people in South Africa are once again at the forefront of political struggle, leading communities against evictions and water and electricity cut-offs through social movements like Abahlali base Mjondolo, Housing Assembly and Ubunye Bama Hostela. 

UK aid ‘fuelling corporate take-over of Africa’

13 June 2016 - 3:15pm

For too long, we have seen the UK’s aid budget slip into the coffers of multinationals, helping to secure the corporate take-over of land and water resources in Africa at the expense of people and the planet. It’s time DFID used the aid budget to support small-scale farming, rather than boosting the profits of big business.

TTIP to trigger financial crisis and taxpayer bailouts

10 June 2016 - 1:30pm

It’s a scandal that the finance sector, backed by the European Commission, is trying to use TTIP to scrap rules and regulations designed to end ‘too big to fail’ and stop taxpayers footing the bill for greedy and reckless bankers.

'Human rights crisis' unfolding in Colombia

8 June 2016 - 12:15pm

Ordinary Colombians demanding a say in peace negotiations have been met with brutal violence by the Colombian state. Three indigenous leaders have died and hundreds more people injured.  

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