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Eritrea in focus: MPs to discuss poverty and human rights

9 March 2016 - 7:00am

The plight of Eritreans and the voice of a growing Eritrean diaspora in the UK is rarely heard, yet Eritrea is one of the poorest countries in the world and its people subject to gross human rights abuses. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eritrea launches today, following months of campaigning by War on Want partner, Eritrea Focus.

McDonald’s unhappy meal just got supersized

4 March 2016 - 12:30pm

McDonald's anti-union business model continues to serve up low pay, while its shady tax affairs rips off the public.

EU Trade Commissioner in London to sell toxic TTIP

25 February 2016 - 7:00am

EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, is in London in a desperate attempt to sell TTIP – the toxic EU-US trade deal. Ms Malmström continues to do her utmost to sell democracy down the river so corporations can profit at taxpayers' expense.

Massive public response to government crackdown on BDS

22 February 2016 - 8:00am

Over 26,000 people have responded to a government consultation, rejecting plans to block local councils from deciding how to invest their members' pension funds. The latest in a sustained government crackdown on local democracy and the growing strength of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

Civil society condemns EU’s anti-democratic ‘investor rights’ plan

22 February 2016 - 12:15am

War on Want today joined civil society organisations from across Europe, US and Canada in calling on the EU and the US government to eliminate the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and its so-called replacement, the Investment Court System (ICS). The EU’s rebranding exercise has changed nothing. This investment court proposal is an outrageous assault on our democratic rights and freedoms, and only multinational corporations stand to benefit from it.

European Commission slammed over ‘new’ private court system

17 February 2016 - 12:15am

A new report published today slams the European Commission’s recent proposal on corporate investment courts as nothing more than a cynical rebranding exercise, that highlights the EC’s continued support for big business at the expense of the people of Europe.

Local democracy under attack

15 February 2016 - 8:00am

The government's attack on local democracy is the latest in a sustained assault on our democratic rights and freedoms, following the Lobbying Act, Trade Union Bill, Prevent and much else. The threat is serious, and over 14,000 people have already responded to the government and made known their opposition to this attack.

Newcastle City Council opposes government's anti-democratic plan

8 February 2016 - 7:00am

War on Want welcomes the news that Newcastle City Council has voted to approve a motion opposing the government’s latest attack on local democracy. Under new proposals, the government will have the power to veto investment decisions made locally on ethical grounds concerning human rights, arms trade, fossil fuels and much else.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: An Attack on Democracy

4 February 2016 - 1:45pm

Contrary to big business and government spin, the TPP is bad news for the peoples of all the countries involved – it is an outright attack on democracy, human rights, public services, health and the environment.

NEW REPORT: Guns for hire: the return of the ‘Dogs of War’

3 February 2016 - 7:00am

The rise in mercenaries fighting on the front line in conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East is a frightening return of the ‘Dogs of War’, according to a new report published today by War on Want. For too long this murky world of guns for hire has been allowed to grow unchecked. Read the report: Mercenaries Unleashed: The brave new world of private military and security companiesThe time has come to ban these companies from operating in conflict zones and end the privatisation of war.

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