07 March 2014, Press releases
The anti-poverty charity War on Want is joining forces with political activist and fashion designer Katharine Hamnett to step up efforts to protect garment workers making clothes for British high street retailers.Add Comment
07 March 2014, Previous events
The first ever British parliamentary delegation to occupied Western Sahara reported back to a packed public meeting at the House of Commons on 25 February 2014. Here is video evidence from three members of the delegation, plus testimony presented to the meeting by leading Saharawi human rights defender Brahim Dahane.Add Comment
03 March 2014, Previous events
Thanks to everyone who supported and attended War on Want’s “Palestinian lives, British profits” speaking tour events with our partner organisation ADDAMEER, Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (24 Februrary - 1 March).Add Comment
24 February 2014, Press releases
The Watchkeeper drone, due to fly over British skies this week ahead of trials in Afghanistan, is based on a model that Israel has ‘field tested’ in attacks on Gaza which have left scores of Palestinians dead, including children.Add Comment
24 February 2014, Press releases
The British security corporation G4S today faces heavy pressure to end its contracts with Israel’s prison system, amid new claims over the provision of equipment to prisons where Palestinians are illegally detained without charge or trial.Add Comment
18 February 2014, Latest news
Over 635,000 people have so far leant their voice to make the European Robin Hood Tax the tax we deserve. And with the support of some special friends, the campaign is looking to make the call million strong.
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy, Clémence Poésy, Heike Makatsch and Javier Cámara, the new Robin Hood Tax video takes a cheeky look at what the news could report in 2024, after the tax is a huge success, of course!
17 February 2014, Latest news
John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, offers initial reflections from the first UK parliamentary delegation to occupied Western SaharaAdd Comment
24 January 2014, Latest news
A jury of experts have awarded Gap the ‘Public Eye’ award for the worst company of the year for its failure to sign a binding agreement to make factories safe in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh earlier this year.
In making their decision, the panel ranked Gap’s behaviour worse than HSBC’s involvement in land-grabbing, Syngenta, Bayer & BASF’s production of bee killing pesticides and mining giant Glencore's impact on communities around the world.
23 January 2014, Latest news
Tomorrow sees the start of the World Economic Forum, the annual Davos gathering at which the transnational capitalist class looks to the year ahead and celebrates its continuing domination of the global economy. Open only to invited guests from the highest echelons of the corporate and government elite, the event sees no need to be modest in its pretensions. This year's forum is entitled simply 'The Reshaping of the World'.
Two Davos participants who are definitely seeking to reshape the world over the coming year are US Trade Representative Michael Froman and his European counterpart Karel de Gucht. The two men will discuss how they can complete negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) by the summer of 2015, an ambitious task given the time usually taken by trade negotiations.
If they succeed, the deal will change the way in which we order our social existence forever.Add Comment
21 January 2014, Press releases
On the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, War on Want's tax justice campaigner Murray Worthy said:
"A year ago in Davos David Cameron famously declared that big business must 'wake up and smell the coffee' at the public outrage over corporate tax dodging and that he would 'look our people in the eye and say that when they work hard and pay their fair share of taxes we will make sure that others do so as well'.
"But he has spectacularly failed in his promise to make these companies pay; despite some tinkering around the edges of tax havens' secrecy at the G8 this summer, the rules haven't changed and the reality hasn't changed. The companies that exploit and abuse the world's tax rules are still able to pick if and when they pay tax, leaving the rest of us footing the bill.
"This week, Cameron will once again be sitting side by side with these ruthless corporate giants in Davos, making sure that he can look them in the eye and assure them that for all his talk last year, he won't be making them pay."Add Comment
13 January 2014, Latest news
Many thanks to the thousands of you who have taken action to call on the UK government to abolish the UK’s tax havens over the last few months; the Treasury have now written to us to respond to your demands.
The government’s response [pdf] sets out all the steps the UK government and the Overseas Territories have taken in recent months to curb tax avoidance and evasion. While we don’t believe that these measures go far enough, falling far short of ensuring the UK’s Overseas Territories are no longer tax havens, they still reflect the huge pressure that has been brought by campaigners raising the issue with their MPs and with the government. The only way the government will act to tackle tax dodging and stand up to the companies that profit from it is through keeping up this kind of public pressure.Add Comment
13 January 2014, Press releases
Union Solidarity International (USi) in partnership with Prayas, Action Aid Association, War on Want and Thompsons Solicitors (Scotland) are today launching an international campaign to highlight forced, bonded and child labour in the brick kilns of India.Add Comment
10 January 2014, Press releases
- Campaigners stage protest outside Cambodian embassy in London
- Workers for brands including H&M, Gap, Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Levis demanding £25 a week wage
Today, workers’ rights, anti-poverty and student groups have joined to condemn the Cambodian government’s violent repression of garment workers’ strikes that led to four people being shot and killed by military police last week. The groups staged a protest outside the Cambodian Embassy in London demanding an end to the repression, the recognition of unions’ right to strike and an increase in the minimum wage – the issue that sparked the workers’ protests.
06 January 2014, Latest news
In the last week at least four people have been killed and over 23 seriously injured by security forces in Cambodia as part of a violent crackdown on a national strike by garment workers demanding a living wage. Despite massive support by garment workers for the legitimate strike, the government has used excessive violence to crush the protests, and many union organisers are still either missing, under arrest or wanted by the police.Add Comment
19 December 2013, Previous events
War on Want, the School of Law at SOAS and the Russell Tribunal on Palestine were honoured to host Angela Davis and Gina Dent for a discussion on Justice for Palestine and the Stop G4S campaign on 13 December 2013.
Below are videos from the event.Add Comment
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