Securing Democracy in UK Trade Policy: Developing a transparent and democratic approach to trade agreements

November 2017

The UK Government has introduced a new Trade Bill, but provisions to make trade policy accountable to Parliament are sorely lacking and must be incorporated. The Government currently has unchecked powers to negotiate and ratify trade agreements in secret without public or Parliamentary oversight. This huge democratic deficit must be corrected.

TJM_SecuringDemocracyInUKTradePolicy_2017_web.pdf

North Africa and West Asia: Voices of Resistance, Struggles for Social Justice

October 2017

With all the momentous changes unleashed by the Arab uprisings in 2011, the intensification of social struggles and the opening up of new horizons for radical change in the North Africa and West Asia (NAWA) region, War on Want has decided to create a new programme specifically focused on this area. Our aim is to platform the voices of progressive, organised, representative social movements, women, community and worker led collectives, giving emphasis to resistance and social justice struggles.

WOW_NAWA_briefing_Sept17_prf4b_final.pdf

Up Front: Brexit & the challenges we face

October 2017

In this edition, read about the challenges we face as we negotiate trade, workers' rights, and social justice throughout Brexit. We also introduce you to the next phase of our Stop Arming Israel campaign, calling on HSBC to end their complicity in Israel's violations of international law. Read too about the fight for labour rights in Sri Lanka, the struggles and resistance to extractivism in Tunisia, and Colombia's win for people power. 

Up Front: Brexit and the challenges we face

Deadly Investments

July 2017

UK banks and financial institutions facilitate and profit from Israel's militarism, making them complicit in Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people.

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No More Secret Trade Deals: The Urgent Need for Transparency and Democracy in UK Trade Deals

July 2017

With Brexit negotiations underway, the UK government must pass legislation on trade in line with the powers it is expected to gain to negotiate and conclude UK trade deals. This legislation will be captured under the trade bill due to come before parliament in September 2017.

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Parliamentary Briefing June 2017

June 2017

As Brexit negotiations begin, War on Want believes that it is of paramount importance that the government retains elements of EU law that fundamentally contribute to fighting poverty and inequality, and guaranteeing human rights for all. As the government sets out its priorities, this briefing sets out War on Want's concerns and recommendations.

Parliamentary Briefing June 2017

Leaflet: Stand With Migrant Workers

May 2017

War on Want believes in decent work and a living wage for all, regardless of immigration status. Only by protecting equal social and labour rights for all workers can we stop a race to the bottom where employers drive down working conditions for everyone. 

 

Read more in our handy A5 leafet. 

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Infosheet: Stand With Migrant Workers

May 2017

Migrant workers across the UK face prejudice, abuse and exploitation. In the wake of Brexit, the call to ‘control our borders’ risks being used to not only restrict freedom of movement but to weaken the rights of migrant workers. The rights of workers who are already here, as well as those who come in the future, are at risk.

Read our infosheet to find out more. 

Infosheet: Stand With Migrant Workers

Briefing: Brexit and Trade Justice for the Global South

May 2017

The UK's decision to leave the EU means that, for the first time in 40 years, trade policy will return to UK government competence. In the two-year period in which Brexit negotiations take place, the UK government and public attention will inevitably be focused on negotiations with the EU. However, with the UK government's ability to negotiate its own trade deals comes a huge opportunity to achieve a truly progressive trade agenda for Southern countries.

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Briefing: UK Protections for International Investors - Not Fit for Purpose

May 2017

Investment protection provisions - known as 'corporate courts' - are contained in Bilateral Investment Treaties and Free Trade Agreements, both of which are binding agreements between two or more countries. These agreements often contain an Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism which allows investors to sue governments in international tribunals if they believe a policy undermines the profitability of their investment.

This briefing is published by War on Want, alongside the Trade Justice Movement, Global Justice Now, Unison, and Friends of the Earth.

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21 November 2017 - 11:00am

President Santos of Colombia recently won two international awards for championing peace and biodiversity despite criticism from campaigners who say he is "encouraging agro-industrial projects that displace local communities", writes Catherine Early at The Ecologist (20 November 2017).

Quoting War on Want's Seb Muñoz, Early writes about the controversies around Santos' contributions, including the issue of displacing indigenous people through destructive extraction industries:

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Rise, Resist, Renew: Alternatives to Mines & Money

20 November 2017 - 4:30pm

Between 25-30 November, we will be hosting frontline activists from Uganda, Philippines and Colombia to challenge the Mines and Money Conference in London – the premier space for the global mining industry and its destructive deals. Our speakers will be sharing stories of resistance, successes and alternatives to mining – and opposing mining violence and current threats from extracitivism in their communities. Join us!

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