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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: 

 

Theresa May set to outline post-Brexit vision for UK role in the Middle East

30 November 2017 - 1:00pm

Concluding her trip to the Middle East today, Theresa May is set to outline her ‘post-Brexit vision for the UK’s role in the region’. Ahead of her speech due to take place in Jordan, War on Want’s Executive Director, Asad Rehman, said:

“The true legacy of the UK’s involvement in the Middle East is one of arming repression through the selling of weapons that have fueled conflict, cozying up to regimes that continuously violate human rights, and of complicity in Israel’s relentless oppression of the Palestinians.

Priti Patel had no other choice but to resign

8 November 2017 - 7:45pm

Priti Patel had no other choice but to resign

Responding to news of International Development Secretary Priti Patel’s resignation, War on Want’s senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

“This is clearly the right outcome. The scandal of Priti Patel’s ‘secret’ meetings with Israeli politicians has worsened as more details emerge, including the implication that Number 10 colluded in keeping some of the meetings secret.

Patel Must Go, says War on Want

7 November 2017 - 2:45pm

More details have emerged on International Development Secretary Priti Patel's 'vacation' meetings with Israeli officials. Downing Street has admitted that she discussed with Israel the idea of giving the country British foreign aid cash.

Responding to news, War on Want’s senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

UK trade bill launched within hours of public ‘consultation’ closing

7 November 2017 - 12:45pm

Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox MP, launched a new trade bill today. Although the bill will return power over trade negotiations from the EU to the UK, that power has not reached the public: the bill launched within hours of a public consultation closing, meaning the input of thousands of responses from members of the public could not have been considered.

ParadiseLeaks Response: The Time to Act Is NOW

6 November 2017 - 10:00am

Responding to #ParadiseLeaks Owen Espley, Senior Economic Justice Campaigner, War on Want said:

“Leak after leak demonstrates how politicians have failed to tackle a system that enables wealthy corporations and the rich to hide their wealth and avoid paying their fair share of tax, whilst ordinary people suffer from low pay and cuts to essential public services. The UK Government has the power to prevent its Overseas Territories and Dependencies from being used as tax havens, tough talking means nothing if it is not followed up with action.

Priti Patel’s Israel visit undermines attempts to hold Israel to account for international law violations

3 November 2017 - 1:00pm

In the week that marks a century since the Balfour Declaration, it has come to light that International Development Secretary Priti Patel has held undisclosed meetings in Israel, without informing the Foreign Office or British diplomats. Reports state that she was accompanied in these meetings by an influential pro-Israeli lobbyist.

Responding to news, War on Want’s senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy & Ken Loach join international call to free political prisoners in Morocco

3 November 2017 - 11:15am

A year after the tragic death of a fishmonger sparked the rise of the popular social justice movement, Hirak in northern Morocco, over 200 intellectuals join European MPs, academics, trade unionists and public figures from across the globe to petition the Moroccan government to release hundreds of political prisoners. 

Indigenous leaders & activists visit London this week to challenge BHP over devastating of communities

16 October 2017 - 2:15pm

From the frontline of the movement for environmental and social justice, our visitors will speak out about the destruction caused by BHP from the Samarco dam disaster in Brazil to forced displacement around the Cerrejón coal mine in Colombia and share their stories of resistance. We will be co-hosting a series of events, visitors will be available for media interviews and on 19 October they will be protest outside the BHP annual general meeting. 

Parliament to be ‘shut out’ of post-Brexit trade deals

11 October 2017 - 2:45pm

Trade Justice Movement response to Trade White Paper

The Trade Justice Movement has welcomed the government’s recognition in its trade white paper, released yesterday, of the need for trade policy to be “transparent and inclusive”. However it has criticised the government’s commitments so far as woefully inadequate, in particular the lack of any clear role for parliament in scrutinising trade deals.

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