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David Cameron is unfit to chair the UN development panel – and here's why

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24 May 2012

The British PM's record suggests he could hardly be more ill-equipped to devise the post-2015 development agenda

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Gold miners seek justice at the Royal Court of Justice

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11 May 2012

Today, 1,200 ex-miners suffering from the deadly disease, silicosis, are seeking justice at the Royal Court of Justice. The court will hear whether ex-workers will be able to take legal action against the mining company Anglo American plc in the English courts. War on Want is supporting the call of the South African National Union of Mineworkers for compensation, treatment, screening and support for sick workers from Anglo American plc.

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Campaign success! Government promises action on supermarket bullying

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09 May 2012

After years of campaigning by activists across the UK the government has finally promised to act to curb supermarket bullying by introducing a supermarket watchdog.

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Seven new demolition orders in al-Bustan, Silwan

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03 May 2012

Seven new demolition orders have been issued in the Palestinian town of Silwan. Israeli officials, accompanied by soldiers, sealed off part of Silwan's al-Bustan neighbourhood on Tuesday while they issued the demolition orders to several homes and businesses. Residents have been given 30 days to appeal.

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Thirteen arrested in Silwan; Relatives beaten at court house

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03 May 2012

13 people have been arrested in the Palestinian town of Silwan, five of them children. In an escalation of violence, the Israeli army violently attacked relatives as they waited for news of their loved ones at the court house, leaving one Palestinian man in hospital.
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Forced evictions in East Jerusalem leave 67 homeless in a week

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27 April 2012

67 people, over half of them children, have been forcibly displaced by the Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem this week. The evictions come at a tense time for East Jerusalem, as the Jerusalem municipality announced plans earlier this year to redevelop large areas around the Old City. The planned developments, designed to make way for National Parks and housing units for Israelis, would wipe out some existing Palestinian neighbourhoods.

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New Evictions in East Jerusalem

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19 April 2012

Yesterday the Natsheh family were evicted from their home in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, leaving the 11 members of the family homeless. The eviction took place just hours before the property was taken over by settlers, marking the first settlement of the previously all-Palestinian neighbourhood. Further evictions are threatened in Beit Hanina and neighbouring Sheik Jarrah.

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Silwan Activist released from House Arrest

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13 April 2012

"We will keep dreaming to die in our houses": Jawad Siyam, a leading community activist in Silwan and director of Silwan's two community centres, remains defiant despite spending the months under house arrest.

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Sweatshop workers fight against garment company

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02 April 2012

Honduran women workers, organised within the Honduran Women’s Collective (CODEMUH) and War on Want took the Honduran streets last Friday to protest against US Company Hanesbrands Inc. The protest follows the company's decision to sack several female workers with serious work-related diseases.

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Food Sovereignty Day: Reclaiming our food system

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05 March 2012

The present food system is clearly unsustainable. A number of extremely powerful corporations have transformed the production and distribution of food into a money-making activity under the blind eye of governments and international institutions.

In this short film War on Want presents the views of our partners from La Vía Campesina, on how an alternative food system can be developed under the principles of food sovereignty.

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Private military & security contractors: a culture of impunity

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28 February 2012

War on Want today launched its campaign for tougher legal regulation of Private Military & Security Companies, criticising current attempts at regulation for showing 'no real determination to deter or punish human rights violations'.

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Multinational, HanesBrands (HBI), sacks Honduran sweatshop workers

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08 February 2012

Hundreds of sweatshops workers are now jobless following the closure of three USA HanesBrands (HBI) company factories. The majority of these workers are unskilled women whose families depend solely on their income. Many also suffer occupational diseases after working for several years for the company. The sudden news of the factory closures has left them with no hope to get compensation and no right to redress for their health issues.

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Family victims win compensation

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03 February 2012

Yesterday, the families of three workers who were killed in Eurotex and Continental Garment factories as a result of two incidences last December, a fire and an accident in a lift, got compensation set at an historic level, based on "loss of earnings".

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Two Bangladeshi garment workers killed in a stampede

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12 December 2011

Jeesimn Akter, 20 years old, and Taslima Akter, 22 years old, were killed last week in a stampede following a boiler explosion in the Eurotex garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 62 workers were also badly injured.

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Chinese sweatshops: Making Toys without Joy

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09 December 2011

"While toys bring joy to children, and while toy companies feast on their profits, let us not forget that toy workers in China, who make over 70% of the world's toys, continue to toil in coastal sweatshops miles away from their family members in inland provinces" says War on Want's partner Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) in their latest report. They campaign for the improvement of Chinese workers' rights.

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