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2017 Highlights

30 December 2017 - 12:15am

War on Want's 2017 highlights

Fighting corporate impunity

In 2017 we brought community activists from South Africa, Colombia, Chile and Brazil to the UK, to challenge the devastation of land, lives and livelihoods by companies in the extractive industries.

6,500 people called on HSBC to end its complicity in Israel’s violations of international law

Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity Statement

22 December 2017 - 12:15pm

Attempt at Sabotage in New York: the European Union aims to Eliminate the Financing of the United Nations Intergovernmental Working Group Entrusted with Drafting a Legally Binding Treaty on TNCs and Human Rights

Tuesday 19th December 2017

UK demands secrecy in Brexit trade talks with the US leaving Parliament in the dark

21 December 2017 - 12:45pm

There needs to be total transparency rather than 'total secrecy'

 

Responding to the news of the British Government demanding 'total secrecy' in its free trade talks with the US for a post-Brexit deal, War on Want Senior Trade Campaigner Mark Dearn said:

“Despite what he says, Liam Fox seems intent on repeating the mistakes of TTIP – a secretly negotiated deal in which our government sought to unpick regulations and lock the NHS into privatisation while showing disdain for any degree of public or parliamentary scrutiny.

 

Migration is survival. Migration is resistance.

18 December 2017 - 11:45am

International Migrants Day 2017

We have a global economic system that is driven by profit. We witness global corporations dispossess land from indigenous people for profit. We know that deals are made to encourage the proliferation of war through the selling of weapons. We see the destruction of the environment, and of livelihoods. These conditions are created by a global system that serves the interests of profit over people’s right to live a dignified life.

BDS is a legitimate means of protest against human rights abuse, says War on Want

14 December 2017 - 12:15pm

Campaigning for BDS is a legitimate means of protest, a fact that has been affirmed time and time again by bodies such as the European Union. It’s effectiveness is one of the main reasons why there is an organised campaign led by the Israeli government to shut it down. Students have every right to use their democratic rights to organise and exercise freedom of expression, and should be applauded for calling out violations of international law and human rights abuse.

Was it too much to expect the WTO to deliver for women?

14 December 2017 - 12:00pm

Argentina, host for this week’s World Trade Organisation, welcomed hundreds of government representatives to Buenos Aires to negotiate the rules of the global trade in goods, services and ecommerce. Lagging far behind other international fora, the WTO made attempts to draw attention to the impact of trade on gender equality, and correspondingly the impact women’s economic productivity can have on trade.

Press Release - War on Want response to World Trade Organisation Meeting in Argentina 2017

13 December 2017 - 9:45pm

 

Asad Rehman, War on Want Director and Mark Dearn, Trade Campaigner (Pictured below) have been in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the World Trade Organisations biennial meetings. They have been meeting with frontline human rights defenders from Argentina and globally to raise hard hitting social justice issues.  

 

War on Want Trade Campaigner Mark said: 

 

Tunisia's forgotten peasants, Part 1

13 December 2017 - 9:30am

Fayrouz Yousfi, December 2017

Environmental and human rights defenders challenge 'Mines and Money' Conference

12 December 2017 - 4:30pm

Community leaders from Colombia, the Philippines and Uganda have been in London challenging attendees of the Mines and Money Conference. HANNIBAL RHOADES, TATIANA GARAVITO and SEBASTIAN ORDONEZ report.

This piece was first published on The Ecologist on Dec 12, 2017

Meet the frontline activists facing down the global mining industry

11 December 2017 - 12:15pm

Leaders from the frontlines of mining struggles in the Philippines, Colombia and Uganda travelled to the UK this November to expose the true costs of the UK’s extensive ties to the global mining industry and oppose the Mines and Money Conference in London - a global hub of mining finance and power. 

By Tatiana Garavito, Sebastian Ordoñez and Hannibal Rhoades, originally published on Red Pepper.

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