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Open Letter in Support of the Indigenous Mobilisations taking place in Colombia

20 March 2019 - 1:30pm

Trade unions, social movements, NGOs- from the UK, Switzerland, Canada, France, Turkey, South Africa, Spain, Nepal, and Germany have written an open letter to President Ivan Duque of Colombia in solidarity with the thousands of people from indigenous, afro-descendant and peasant communities currently entering their 11th day of strikes and mobilisation in the Southwest of the country, the 'Social Minga in Defence of Life, Territory, Democracy, Justice and Peace.' 

 

Press Release: War on Want delivers over 6,000 signatures to the Sri Lankan High Commission over human rights breaches

13 March 2019 - 10:15am

  • Workers from workwear manufacturing company ATG Ceylon Pvt Ltd. in Sri Lanka have been subject to a range of human rights abuses breaching both Sri Lankan and international labour laws and conventions
  • Hundreds of women workers, part of the Free Trade Zone and General Services Employees’ Union (FTZ-GSEU) have been on strike for over two months, now the longest running strike in the Katunayake Investment Promotion Zone

International Women's Day 2019: ‘Balance for Better’ does little to address issues facing women

8 March 2019 - 12:45pm

Originally published in Red Pepper
 
International Women’s Day had radical roots: at the turn of the 20th century, thousands of women came together to protest dismal working conditions, long hours, and poverty pay. Today, women everywhere, especially in the global South are still fighting this uphill battle, lined with exploitation and inequality.
 

Government defeated on Trade Bill

7 March 2019 - 1:15pm

Government defeated in Lords over meaningful vote on future trade deals

Trade justice campaigners have welcomed the government's defeat over Amendment 12 to the Trade Bill in the House of Lords. A cross-party amendment to give parliament the power to hold the government to account for its trade policy was passed by 215 votes to 168.

Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now said:

Joint statement on UN Commission of Inquiry

5 March 2019 - 5:45pm

UK-based organisations welcome UN Commission of Inquiry report into Gaza protests, urge UK action

Charities Must Stop being Merchants of Misery and Embrace the Story of Resistance and Solidarity

28 February 2019 - 4:45pm

Using celebrities to highlight poverty in communities in Africa, and reverting to over-simplistic harmful stereotypes, is a sector wide problem, where humanitarian and development organisations too often resort to communications that perpetuate the ‘white saviour’ complex, or misrepresent a cycle of aid and despair, using de-humanising images of poor black and brown people in their fundraising materials. There is no place for such colonial stereotypes and imagery like this, and we must be prepared to challenge them wherever they appear.

UN Inquiry on Gaza protests finds Israel's repression unlawful

28 February 2019 - 11:15am

The UK Government must stop trading arms with a state found to be committing war crimes.

Garment sector is a shocking snapshot of a broken economic model

19 February 2019 - 11:30am

Until we fix the neo-liberal economic model that sustains itself on the exploitation of people forcing 70% of the worlds population to live in poverty whilst the super rich amass more and more of global wealth, this story of exploitation will continue and cannot be fixed by penny taxes. 

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