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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Briefing: Democratising UK Trade Policy - Why it Matters to us All

May 2017

Modern trade and investment deals cover almost every aspect of everyday life: from healthcare to environmental and labour standards, and international development. This makes them everybody's business. The UK's arrangements for public and parliamentary engagement with and scrutiny of trade are woefully inadequate and need to be reformed before Brexit takes place.

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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Briefing: Key Issues in UK Trade Policy Post-Brexit

May 2017

Trade and investment deals have a huge impact on almost all aspects of daily life. This briefing provides an introduction to what modern trade and investment deals are, and how they affect our lives. 

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

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Eritreans Exploited: UK corporate complicity in human rights abuses

May 2017

Eritrea is one of the most repressive states in the world: no elections since 1993; a crackdown on press freedom; forced labour; arbitrary arrest and detention without trial; indefinite compulsory military conscription; and sexual violence against women and girls.

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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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Up Front: Fighting Oppression

April 2017

Right now a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-women sentiment is taking hold. Our partners in the global South have long shown us that building movements from the ground up is key to tackling such injustice. In this edition read about the voices that must be heard in the fight against oppression, plus features on Eritrea, Western Sahara, Palestinian political prisoners and much more.

 

 

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Land conflicts and shady finances

November 2016

The UK government has a serious case to answer when UK taxpayers’ money ends up in the coffers of a palm oil company linked to land grabs and labour violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s a scandal the Department for International Development (DFID) and its private equity arm, CDC, continue to turn a blind eye to the operations of Feronia. Canadian-based agribusiness company Feronia is majority owned by CDC and other European and US development banks.

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Arming Repression: The new British Imperialism in the Persian Gulf

October 2016

The UK government is playing a key role in arming repression throughout the Persian Gulf, making a mockery of any commitment to democracy and human rights, according to a new report published by War on Want. From the training of sniper units to the sale of tear gas, and from the delivery of covert surveillance technologies to the provision of public order training, British officials and corporations, working closely together, are complicit in state violence in the Gulf.

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This Way to Dystopia: Exposing UNIQLO’s Abuse of Chinese Garment Workers

October 2016

The report exposes the hypocrisy of UNIQLO’s commitment to ‘corporate social responsibility’ and ‘making the world a better place’. A series of undercover investigations by War on Want partner, Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM), showed excessive overtime, low pay, dangerous working conditions and oppressive management to be rife in UNIQLO’s supplier factories in China.

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The European Commission wanted to deny democracy. They lost. We won.

25 May 2017 - 11:30am

The rejection of a petition signed by more than 3 million people across Europe against toxic trade deals was an outrageous decision by the European Commission. Now the European Court of Justice agrees.

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We’re winning in the fight against corporate courts and toxic trade deals

24 May 2017 - 11:30am

In recent weeks two EU court rulings and a decision taken by Ecuador to scrap its investment treaties have dealt a heavy blow to secretly negotiated, corporate trade deals. The events have proved a major boost to social movements resisting these toxic deals in the UK and around the world, as part of a wider fight for trade justice and democracy.

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