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Regulation call as Hamnett shelves Tesco

28 September 2007 - 12:15pm

The charity War on Want today demanded British government regulation to ensure decent working conditions for UK retailers' garment employees after fashion designer Katharine Hamnett cut her ties with Tesco in a row over its ethics.

Iraq mercenary killings prompt calls for homicide charge

17 September 2007 - 6:35pm

US private military company Blackwater should face corporate homicide charges for yesterday's killing of eight Iraqis by its personnel, according to campaigns group War on Want. Seven civilians and one Iraqi police officer died when Blackwater mercenaries opened fire at random following a mortar attack on the convoy it was guarding, say reports from Iraq.

UK 'hypocrisy' over Palestine soccer ban

21 August 2007 - 11:00am

The anti-poverty charity War on Want today condemned the British government's decision to refuse visas to a team of Palestinian footballers due to play a series of matches in England.

Iraqi oil poll: results

6 August 2007 - 1:05pm

Iraq: Public Opinion Survey, June/July 2007

Iraqis oppose oil development plans, poll finds

6 August 2007 - 12:53pm

Further setback for US / UK as Iraqis reject oil privatisation

Top UK firm 'profits from abuse, murders'

31 July 2007 - 5:39pm

Anglo American success tainted by repression claims

AGM revolt hits Tesco

2 July 2007 - 3:35pm

Investors defy directors over 5p an hour clothes workers

Tesco attacked for opposing shareholder action

27 June 2007 - 6:10pm

Ethical sourcing row flares over 5p an hour workers

WTO trade talks collapse 'welcome', says anti-poverty group

21 June 2007 - 4:35pm

War on Want welcomes the collapse of the WTO trade talks in Potsdam today (Thursday 21 June 2007).

John Hilary, Campaigns and Policy Director of the anti-poverty charity War on Want, said: "US and EU intransigence has finally killed the Doha round. Yet it has long been clear that these talks would never deliver a pro-development outcome. It is better to acknowledge failure now than to press ahead towards what was going to be a negative outcome for the world's poorest countries."

Hilary continued: "This final collapse of the WTO negotiations offers the chance of a new beginning. The world's major trading nations should step back and use the next few months to reflect on their failure. Alternative approaches are available, and the WTO will only survive if it embraces a new mandate which puts justice and equity for the poor above the dogma and self-interest of the rich."

War on Want noted that EU and US intransigence on agricultural trade had been matched only by their aggression when it came to their offensive interests. EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson had joined with his US counterpart Susan Schwab in demanding far-reaching cuts to the industrial tariffs of developing countries, even when it was clear that this would lead to widespread bankruptcies and redundancies.

Similarly, developing countries had come under intense pressure to give up key protections for their most vulnerable agricultural communities. Hilary added: "The hypocrisy of the EU and US in demanding market access in other countries yet still striving to protect their own producers has been staggering. A collapse is the best possible outcome in the circumstances, but the world's poorest countries deserved better."


For more information and interviews, please contact Paul Collins on +44 20 7983 550 728, or pcollins@waronwant.org

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