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Top UK firm 'profits from abuse, murders'

31 July 2007 - 5:39pm

Anglo American success tainted by repression claims

Palestine: Supporting farmers, protecting livelihoods

27 July 2007 - 6:00pm

Olive oil was the backbone of the Palestinian agricultural economy, providing jobs for 65% of the population. However, the last five years have the left the industry in tatters.

Garment workers in Sri Lanka face union busting

23 July 2007 - 7:14pm

War on Want's partner organisation the Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union (FTZGSEU) organises garment workers both inside and outside the export processing zones (EPZ) in Sri Lanka, including employees of Star Garments Ltd. With 6,000 employees, Star Garments is one of the biggest garment manufacturers in Katunayake Free Trade Zone.

Battleground Buenaventura

13 July 2007 - 5:13pm

On 31 May 2007 our partner, Palenque el Congal, took part in a demonstration that demanded that national and international bodies take action to confront the dismal situation in the port city of Buenaventura. What follows is Palenque's summary of the situation in Buenaventura and their demands from both the Colombian government and the international community.

AGM revolt hits Tesco

2 July 2007 - 3:35pm

Investors defy directors over 5p an hour clothes workers

Tesco attacked for opposing shareholder action

27 June 2007 - 6:10pm

Ethical sourcing row flares over 5p an hour workers

WTO trade talks collapse 'welcome', says anti-poverty group

21 June 2007 - 4:35pm

War on Want welcomes the collapse of the WTO trade talks in Potsdam today (Thursday 21 June 2007).

John Hilary, Campaigns and Policy Director of the anti-poverty charity War on Want, said: "US and EU intransigence has finally killed the Doha round. Yet it has long been clear that these talks would never deliver a pro-development outcome. It is better to acknowledge failure now than to press ahead towards what was going to be a negative outcome for the world's poorest countries."

Hilary continued: "This final collapse of the WTO negotiations offers the chance of a new beginning. The world's major trading nations should step back and use the next few months to reflect on their failure. Alternative approaches are available, and the WTO will only survive if it embraces a new mandate which puts justice and equity for the poor above the dogma and self-interest of the rich."

War on Want noted that EU and US intransigence on agricultural trade had been matched only by their aggression when it came to their offensive interests. EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson had joined with his US counterpart Susan Schwab in demanding far-reaching cuts to the industrial tariffs of developing countries, even when it was clear that this would lead to widespread bankruptcies and redundancies.

Similarly, developing countries had come under intense pressure to give up key protections for their most vulnerable agricultural communities. Hilary added: "The hypocrisy of the EU and US in demanding market access in other countries yet still striving to protect their own producers has been staggering. A collapse is the best possible outcome in the circumstances, but the world's poorest countries deserved better."


For more information and interviews, please contact Paul Collins on +44 20 7983 550 728, or pcollins@waronwant.org

20,000 rally for MidEast peace

11 June 2007 - 11:47am

Over 20,000 campaigners in London today demonstrated for a just Middle East peace by marking the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War and the start of Israel's occupation.

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