Queen’s Speech: No to austerity, no to deregulation – yes to maximum accountability

21 June 2017 - 11:00am

The Queen’s Speech represents a crucial opportunity to carve out a progressive vision for a politically re-engaged country. And that means a no to austerity and a no to deregulation – but a yes to maximum accountability to the British people over the next two years.

 

Queen's Speech 2017: This is what she should say

21 June 2017 - 9:45am

As the government sets out its priorities in the Queen's Speech, we set out our concerns and recommendations.

Election result puts trade future in doubt - trade justice remains our call

16 June 2017 - 12:15pm

By Mark Dearn

In the past week we have seen seismic changes in UK politics. For our campaigning for trade justice, these changes may have a significant impact – but one which must not and will not affect the core principles and values we champion.

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.

'Nothing short of genocide and ethnocide' for Brazil's indigenous peoples

13 June 2017 - 2:15pm

War on Want in the GuardianFor several decades now the Guarani-Kaiowá Indigenous community in Brazil have been under threat from the rapid expansion of large-scale Soybean and Sugarcane plantations for the global biofuels market. Most of their land has been stolen and their forests destroyed. They have been subjected to targeted assassinations, forced evictions and land grabs.

Migration has not undermined public services, it has strengthened them

13 June 2017 - 8:45am

Migrant workers have long made an essential contribution to public services, such as the NHS and social care, where employers recruit migrants in order to keep services running. We must  stand with migrant workers.

We will not falter in our commitment to the Palestinian people

12 June 2017 - 11:00am

By Asad Rehman, Executive Director, War on Want

June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the world’s longest running military occupations when Israel occupied the West Bank including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights, known as the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

The fight to build a better world: We are hopeful. We are fearless.

9 June 2017 - 6:15am

We have cast our votes. Whatever the new government, it doesn’t stop here. We are ready to hold the government to account, to challenge the choices it makes in the interests of the privileged few. We will stand together with the many.

Oil giant BP shows contempt for human rights at AGM

2 June 2017 - 3:00pm

Shamefully, BP re-affirmed its business-as-usual approach at its 2017 Annual General Meeting, dismissing claims regarding serious human rights abuses, irreparable environmental impacts, and the company’s staggering contribution to climate change.

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BDS is a legitimate means of protest against human rights abuse, says War on Want

14 December 2017 - 12:15pm

Campaigning for BDS is a legitimate means of protest, a fact that has been affirmed time and time again by bodies such as the European Union. It’s effectiveness is one of the main reasons why there is an organised campaign led by the Israeli government to shut it down. Students have every right to use their democratic rights to organise and exercise freedom of expression, and should be applauded for calling out violations of international law and human rights abuse.

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Was it too much to expect the WTO to deliver for women?

14 December 2017 - 12:00pm

Argentina, host for this week’s World Trade Organisation, welcomed hundreds of government representatives to Buenos Aires to negotiate the rules of the global trade in goods, services and ecommerce. Lagging far behind other international fora, the WTO made attempts to draw attention to the impact of trade on gender equality, and correspondingly the impact women’s economic productivity can have on trade.

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