Up Front: Why we won't be silenced

April 2018

In this edition of Up Front, read about how in the face of threats and bans, we won’t be silenced in the fight for global justice. We also focus on our food sovereignty work in North Africa and West Asia, introduce you to some of the powerful women we work with resisting oppression, and update you on our impactful trade democracy campaign. Read too some highlights from the past few months, including Israeli Apartheid Week and how our partner in Papua New Guinea is fighting for land rights.

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War on Want's annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017

April 2018

War on Want's annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017 

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Addameer

Ramallah, Palestine

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association is a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution that works to support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. Established in 1992 by a group of activists interested in human rights, the centre offers free legal aid to political prisoners, advocates for their rights at the national and international level, and works to end torture and other violations of prisoners' rights through monitoring, legal procedures and solidarity campaigns.

Israel holds thousands of Palestinians as political prisoners. Israel’s system of arrest and detention is an integral part of Israel’s apartheid system, under which Palestinians are governed under a separate set of laws than Israelis. It combines human rights abuses against individuals with a system of discrimination specifically designed to restrict and repress the Palestinian people and their struggle for freedom.

Our relationship with Addameer (which means ‘conscience’ in Arabic), ensures we can bring the latest news and authoritative reports to our UK campaigns seeking justice for Palestinians. The UK government has obligations under international law to ensure that the Fourth Geneva Convention is respected by other signatories, including Israel. The UK also has ‘third state responsibility’ to take action when a state breaches the universally binding principles of international law, such as the prohibition of torture. We support Addameer's work and campaign for the UK government to hold Israel to account for its illegal and unjust policies towards Palestinian political prisoners.

Al Warcha Media Collective

Tunis, Tunisia

The Al Warcha Media Collective is a grassroots group of young people from across Tunisia committed to creating media focused on social justice, popular sovereignty and human rights for the most marginalised Tunisians – supporting social movements and amplifying the voices of the oppressed. The collective also aims to create, train and equip a network of grassroots ‘reporters-citizens-activists’ living in the interior regions and popular neighbourhoods.

The project aims to balance out the lack of attention given by mainstream media outlets to progressive social movements and marginalised communities in Tunisia and throughout the global South facing similar challenges. Their work touches on a range of urgent issues neglected by traditional media such as food sovereignty, exploitation of natural resources,  and labour rights.

War on Want is supporting their innovative media project “Inhiyez,” which will have roots in marginalised neighbourhoods and platform their voices by following community initiatives for social justice and popular sovereignty. We also support Al Warcha’s initiative to create a network of grassroots “reporters-citizens-activists”, to train them in critical journalism and equip them with the proper tools to develop an alternative media source.

Agro-ecology and Green Environment (AGE)

Sfax/Kairouan/Tunis, Tunisia

Agro-ecology and Green Environment (AGE) is an organisation of activists and researchers who focus on issues related to land justice, food sovereignty, and fair access to land and water.

The 2010-2011 Tunisian uprising started in Sidi Bouzid, an impoverished agricultural region, where speculative capital and corporate agriculture flourished. The trigger which set the Arab Uprisings into motion was the self-immolation of a fruit vendor: Mohamed Bouazizi. Tunisia’s local food production has suffered the harsh effects of the liberalisation of the agricultural sector which has resulted in much of its food production falling into the hands of foreign agri-businesses. Their industrial food production methods have causes severe damage to the environment and to natural resources.

War on Want supports AGE's initiative to establish the North African Network for Food Sovereignty. This network strives to unite local struggles over land and food sovereignty across the region, working towards local, continental and international mobilisations.

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