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End persecution of Honduran indigenous leaders

07 October 2013

Berta CaceresWar on Want has written to the Honduran government in solidarity with the human rights defenders Berta Cáceres Flores, Aureliano Molina Villanueva and Tomas Gomez Membreño, leaders of the Honduran Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations (Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras- COPINH). According to Amnesty International, the three leaders are being criminalised because of their role defending the human rights of the Lenca indigenous population and are facing unfounded criminal charges.

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End Attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo! Stop the shootings! Free Bandile Mdlalose!

04 October 2013

Yesterday evening War on Want, the World Development Movement (WDM), Abahlali baseMjondolo Solidarity UK and a number of people who have been inspired by our partner, Abahlali baseMjondolo, protested outside South Africa House following the attacks on Abahlali.

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Open letter to President Zuma - end the violence against our partner, Abahlali baseMjondolo

02 October 2013

To express our grave concern about the killing of a 17 year old girl and the arrest of Bandile Mdlalose, the Secretary General of our partner, Abahlali baseMjondolo, War on Want has sent the letter below to the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

War on Want calls for

  • the release of Bandile Mdlalose and for all charges to be dropped
  • an urgent and thorough investigation to be conducted into three murders that have taken place in Cato Crest, KwaZulu-Natal
  • an immediate end to the violence in Cato Crest

We call on all our supporters to show solidarity to our partner by coming to the demonstration on Thursday 3 October and sharing the information on facebook.

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East London Teachers Association condemns G4S contract with Israel’s Prison System

30 September 2013

War on Want welcomes the principled motion passed by the East London Teachers Association (ELTA) condemning G4S complicity in Israel’s prison system and calling on the Local Authority to end contracts with G4S. ELTA is the Tower Hamlets association of the National Union of Teachers representing 70% of classroom teachers in Tower Hamlets.

War on Want, working in partnership with Palestinian child and prisoners’ rights organisations, has been campaigning to end G4S complicity with Israel’s prison system – the ELTA motion is an important, practical step forward in this campaign. In 2007, the British security company G4S signed a contract with the Israeli Prison Authority to provide security systems and other services for major Israeli prisons. G4S provides equipment to prisons, at which human rights organisations have documented systematic torture and ill treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including child prisoners.

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Colombian protests show cracks in disastrous economic model

20 September 2013

Colombia bore witness to a remarkable uprising in recent weeks. Hundreds of thousands of small and medium scale farmers, miners, students, health workers, lorry drivers and teachers staged a national 'agrarian and popular strike' for almost 3 weeks, despite facing a military response by President Juan Manuel Santos' government which left at least twelve protestors dead and over 200 injured.  The strike was the latest, and largest, in a wave of protests across different sectors which have engulfed the country this year. The unrest is only set to get deeper as the country's disastrous bilateral trade agreements increasingly impact upon a population already suffering two decades of neoliberal economic policies.

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Colombian protests show cracks in disastrous economic model

18 September 2013

Colombia bore witness to a remarkable uprising in recent weeks. Hundreds of thousands of small and medium scale farmers, miners, students, health workers, lorry drivers and teachers staged a national 'agrarian and popular strike' for almost 3 weeks, despite facing a military response by President Juan Manuel Santos' government which left at least twelve protestors dead and over 200 injured. The strike was the latest, and largest, in a wave of protests across different sectors which have engulfed the country this year. The unrest is only set to get deeper as the country's disastrous bilateral trade agreements increasingly impact upon a population already suffering two decades of neoliberal economic policies.

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Topshop bosses bow to public pressure on Bangladesh factory safety

16 September 2013

The Arcadia Group – owner of brands including Topshop and Dorothy Perkins – has finally bowed to public pressure and committed to a binding agreement with trade unions to improve conditions in factories in Bangladesh. The company joined the Bangladesh Safety Accord, a life-saving agreement already signed by over 80 major brands and retailers to finance factory improvements and guarantee labour rights to factory workers.

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Colombian Farmers’ Strike: The land is not for sale!

02 September 2013

The strike is called on by farmers, miners, truck drivers and the health sector, following sectorial strikes from coffee and grain producers and informal miners. The action has been supported by students and civil society throughout the country. In Bogota, the capital city, demonstrations became riots that have left four people killed, 200 injured and 5,012 imprisoned.

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African Food Sovereignty under attack by corporate interests

16 August 2013

Corporations and governments promoting private investment intiatives such as the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition are attacking food sovereignty in Africa, claimed the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, a coalition of civil society organisations from 50 African countries.

The Alliance, met this week in Addis Ababa to develop a strategy to defend their food sovereignty. Civil society representatives from countries were the G8 has already signed agreements for the New Alliance were deeply concerned as their seed and land laws have been changed in order to prioritise corporation's interest.

War on Want was invited to the meeting following our support and actions against the G8 leaders private investment initiatives during the G8 Forum in London. Our Mozambican partner UNAC commented that corporations included in the New Alliance have already approached the movement of small-scale farmers to lure them with financial support to run agricultural projects. Augustihno, UNAC's advocacy leader told War on Want's Graciela Romero that they have rejected to meet with corporations and aid agencies trying to convice them to implement their initiatives. He said that they will make small-scale farmers dependant of seeds and chemicals sold by corporations.

The environmentalist Vandana Shiva participating in the meeting was vocal against the so called New Alliance. She condemened it and urged the African civil society to defend their seeds and food sovereignty. She also delivered a public speech in the national theatre of Addis Ababa where the general public had the opportunity to hear the negative impact of the use of genetic modified crops in India, Uganda and Burkina Faso. 

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La Via Campesina: The peasants' struggle, relevant as ever!

12 July 2013

La Via Campesina, the world’s largest peasants’ movement, held its sixth international conference last month in Jakarta. The conference marked 20 years of the plight and resistance of peasants around the globe. About 500 people from 70 countries in all continents gathered to celebrate their victories and plan for the future.

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