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UK government responds to call to abolish the UK’s tax havens

13 January 2014, Latest news

Many thanks to the thousands of you who have taken action to call on the UK government to abolish the UK’s tax havens over the last few months; the Treasury have now written to us to respond to your demands.

The government’s response [pdf] sets out all the steps the UK government and the Overseas Territories have taken in recent months to curb tax avoidance and evasion. While we don’t believe that these measures go far enough, falling far short of ensuring the UK’s Overseas Territories are no longer tax havens, they still reflect the huge pressure that has been brought by campaigners raising the issue with their MPs and with the government. The only way the government will act to tackle tax dodging and stand up to the companies that profit from it is through keeping up this kind of public pressure.

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BloodBricks campaign officially launches

13 January 2014, Press releases

Union Solidarity International (USi) in partnership with Prayas, Action Aid Association, War on Want and Thompsons Solicitors (Scotland) are today launching an international campaign to highlight forced, bonded and child labour in the brick kilns of India.

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Cambodian government condemned for violent repression of garment workers

10 January 2014, Press releases

  • Campaigners stage protest outside Cambodian embassy in London
  • Workers for brands including H&M, Gap, Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Levis demanding £25 a week wage

Today, workers’ rights, anti-poverty and student groups have joined to condemn the Cambodian government’s violent repression of garment workers’ strikes that led to four people being shot and killed by military police last week. The groups staged a protest outside the Cambodian Embassy in London demanding an end to the repression, the recognition of unions’ right to strike and an increase in the minimum wage – the issue that sparked the workers’ protests.

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Tags: cambodia | love fashion hate sweatshops | sweatshops | trade unions

   

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Act now to end the violent repression of Cambodian garment workers

06 January 2014, Latest news

In the last week at least four people have been killed and over 23 seriously injured by security forces in Cambodia as part of a violent crackdown on a national strike by garment workers demanding a living wage. Despite massive support by garment workers for the legitimate strike, the government has used excessive violence to crush the protests, and many union organisers are still either missing, under arrest or wanted by the police.

Sign the petition to the government of Cambodia demanding an end to the violence, respect for the striking workers’ rights and a negotiated settlement to this dispute

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Tags: act now | cambodia | campaigns | LFHS | love fashion hate sweatshops | sweatshops

   

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Video: Angela Davis, Gina Dent On Palestine, G4S and the Prison Industrial Complex

19 December 2013, Previous events

War on Want, the School of Law at SOAS and the Russell Tribunal on Palestine were honoured to host Angela Davis and Gina Dent for a discussion on Justice for Palestine and the Stop G4S campaign on 13 December 2013.

Below are videos from the event.

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Thank you

19 December 2013, Latest news

Thank you

Together with our supporters we achieved some amazing things in 2013. We want to share just a few of them with you.

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Vote for Gap in the worst company of the year awards

17 December 2013, Latest news

Gap have been nominated for the 2014 Public Eye Awards – the name and shame awards for the companies with the worst corporate social responsibility records – for risking the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh.

Vote for Gap now

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Angela Davis to put G4S in dock

12 December 2013, Press releases

The veteran US civil rights campaigner, Angela Davis, will tomorrow launch a scathing attack on the British multinational security corporation G4S over complicity in human rights violations.

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Ogoni protests escalate in Nigeria as Shell fails to implement UNEP report

11 December 2013, Latest news

 “There is no going back on the 90 day deadline ultimatum delivered to the Nigerian Government and oil companies to implement the UNEP report on oil pollution in Ogoniland. We are mobilizing for a series of non-violent direct actions that will cripple economic activity.”

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New UK drone ‘field tested’ on Palestinians

11 December 2013, Press releases

The new Watchkeeper drone being developed for the UK military is based on a model that Israel has ‘field tested’ in attacks on Gaza which left many Palestinians dead, including children.

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The on-going walk to freedom

10 December 2013, Latest news

International human rights day could not be a more fitting day to hold a memorial celebrating the life of a man who dedicated his life fighting for human rights – Nelson Mandela. Today marks the start of what is being called the biggest funeral in history, with more than 100 heads of state alone attending at least one part of it.

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Tags: abahlali | evictions | housing | informal economy | overseas news | programmes | right to the city | south africa

   

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WTO ‘deal’ condemned by trade campaigners

06 December 2013, Press releases

Reacting to news coming out of the WTO ministerial conference in Bali today (6 December), John Hilary, executive director of War on Want, said:

“Any suggestion that there is a deal to celebrate from the WTO talks in Bali is absurd. The negotiations have failed to secure permanent protection for countries to safeguard the food rights of their peoples, exposing hundreds of millions to the prospect of hunger and starvation simply in order to satisfy the dogma of free trade. It is time to end the WTO charade once and for all, and focus instead on undoing the harm it has already caused across the world.”

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Osborne tax avoidance reforms ‘tinkering around the edges of a broken system’

05 December 2013, Press releases

Responding to tax avoidance measures in the 2013 Autumn Statement, War on Want’s tax campaigner Murray Worthy said:

“Today’s “largest package of measures to tackle tax avoidance”, since the Chancellor’s “largest ever package of measures to tackle tax avoidance” announced in the March 2013 Budget, is yet more tinkering around the edges of a broken tax system to try and grab headlines. These technical tweaks will do almost nothing to stop giant multinationals likes Amazon, Starbucks or Google dodging billions of pounds in tax every year. In fact this government has made it easier for these tax avoiding giants to deprive the government of vital revenue for tackling inequality and funding public services."

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The Struggle for the Right to the City in Durban, South Africa

03 December 2013, Latest news

In Durban, South Africa, we are struggling for a world in which human dignity comes before private profit and land, cities, wealth and power are shared fairly. This is our politic and we are in solidarity with this politic where ever we find it.

We are aware that poor people in England are under attack from an alliance between the rich and the state. We are aware that all the major political parties in England work for this alliance and not for the people. We are in solidarity with your struggles and we are willing to act in solidarity with your struggles as we have acted in solidarity with struggles in places like Haiti, Palestine and Turkey.

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We've come to destroy your rice- excellent documentary on Colombian seeds laws

03 December 2013, Latest news

Take a minute to watch this excellent documentary about the controversial seeds certification law implemented in Colombia under the terms of the country's free trade agreement with the United States. It shows riot police confiscating 'illegally produced' rice grown by peasant farmers, and later destroying it.

The documentary created a huge stir in Colombia and played an important role in gaining public support for the agrarian strike this summer and increasing hostility to the free trade agreement. The documentary shows the absurdity of the seeds certification laws which are being forced on the populations of countries throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia via free trade agreements with the world's most powerful economies.

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