War on Want spokespeople

For interview requests contact Liz McKean, Director of Policy and Campaigns, on +44 (0) 7983 550 728 or email lmckean@waronwant.org

Mark Dearn, Senior Campaigns Officer (Trade)

Mark has been at the forefront of campaigning against ‘new generation’ trade deals TTIP and CETA in the UK and Europe. Mark has given more than 40 talks on trade and has written for the Guardian, Independent and Asia Times, among others, in addition to regularly speaking to broadcast and print media. Mark has also campaigned on water, human rights and sustainable development, including engaging in several UN international development processes.

Owen Espley, Senior Campaigns Officer (Economic Justice)

Owen has over ten years’ experience campaigning on economic justice and corporate power. He currently leads War on Want’s Stand with Migrant workers: End Precarious Contracts campaign which includes support work for the McStrike workers. He was a founding member of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency, served many years on the board of the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE) and is an active trade unionist. Owen has written for the Independent and politics.co.uk and can be followed on twitter @OwenEspley.

Ryvka Barnard, Senior Campaigns Officer (Militarism and Security)

Ryvka campaigns against human rights abuses associated with the growing power of the military and security industry, with a special focus on the UK-Israel arms trade. She writes frequently on the topic in IndyVoices, Middle East Eye and has appeared on the BBC and other broadcast channels discussing these issues. Ryvka has a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from New York University where she specialised in the politics of tourism development in the occupied West Bank, and has a special interest in the global movement for Palestinian rights. 

Thulsi Narayanasamy, Senior International Programmes Officer (Asia and the Pacific)

Thulsi works in solidarity with local unions, labour activists and women’s groups across Asia to support their work and expose the exploitation and corporate impunity inherent in the global garment industry. She has extensive experience working on the ground with local groups and social movements in countries from India and Mexico to the Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu where she has worked to expose state and corporate complicity in human rights abuses. Thulsi was previously the Director of aid and trade watchdog, AIDWATCH, in Sydney, Australia. 

Hamza Hamouchene, Senior International Programmes Officer (North Africa and West Asia)

Hamza has worked on issues of extractivism, climate, trade and energy justice as well as food sovereignty. He has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post, Jadaliyya, openDemocracy among others and appeared on Al Jazeera, BBC Arabic and France 24. He is a founding member of the London-based Algeria Solidarity Campaign (ASC), and Environmental Justice North Africa (EJNA). 

Sebastian Ordoñez Muñoz, Senior International Programmes Officer (Latin America)

Sebastian works closely with communities and organisations that are involved in struggles against the negative impacts of the extractive industries. He works on a range of issues from the recognition and protection of the human rights of affected peoples to supporting the search for effective redress and justice. Sebastian has written for the Independent, Open Democracy and Red Pepper among others. He is co-founder of London-based diaspora social justice collective, Movimiento Jaguar Despierto.

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HSBC faces protests at AGM over investments in arms companies supplying Israeli government

24 April 2018 - 2:45pm

Campaign groups demand bank divest from companies they say supply arms used for violence against Palestinians, writes Ben Chapman for the Independent

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HSBC grilled over complicity in human rights abuse by shareholders and campaigners at Friday’s AGM

23 April 2018 - 5:00pm
  • HSBC’s annual general meeting on Friday was attended by activists from War on Want and Palestine Solidarity Campaign, asking the bank about its business dealings with companies selling weapons and military equipment to Israel
  • Over a quarter of questions asked at the AGM were about the bank’s complicity in human rights violations against Palestinians. Several referenced the bank’s criminal complicity in other abuses
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