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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.

Eritreans Exploited Briefing

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. 

SWMW A5 leaflet v8.pdf

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

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.

 

 

Up Front: Fighting Oppression

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.

Feronia report

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.

WoW_ArmingRepression_Oct2016.pdf

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.

Wow_This Way to Dystopia_Oct2016

Summary: Food Safety, Agriculture and Regulatory Cooperation in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

September 2016

The proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Europe and Canada will have a major impact on food and how it will be regulated. History shows that trade agreements put food safety at risk by harmonizing standards and reducing regulations to the lowest common denominator. If CETA is ratified, it will jeopardize the EU’s own food standards and regulations. European farmers, who have been struggling as farm prices crash, will also have to compete with Canadian agribusiness imports, resulting in a profound threat to jobs.

summary-ceta-food-safety-english.pdf

Up Front: The New Colonialism

September 2016

The values and principles that War onWant upholds have never been more important. In this edition of Up Front, read about our urgent new campaigns for migrant workers’ rights and for a radical trade agenda that puts people and planet first. Also in this edition we are proud to showcase our partnerships with social movements around the world. Read about how our partner SACOM is exposing workers’ rights abuses in China and how MONLAR in Sri Lanka is helping small farmers fight the corporate capture of the food system. Read too about Britain’s new scramble for Africa’s resources.

WOW_upfront_autwint16_web.pdf

Annual Report and Accounts 2015-2016

September 2016

It has been another productive year for War on Want, delivering notable successes,  Here are the Trustees' Annual Report and Accounts for 2015/16. 

Report and Accounts 2015- 2016.pdf

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The Ecologist: President Santos: environmental saint or sinner?

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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