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Trade unions, brands and retailers agree next steps for Bangladesh safety accord

08 July 2013

Trade unions and over 70 clothing brands and retailers have agreed the next steps for the implementation of a ground-breaking safety agreement in Bangladesh.

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Murder in South Africa of a member of our partner, Abahlali baseMjondolo KwaZulu-Natal

01 July 2013

A respected housing activist, Nkululeko Gwala, 34, was murdered last week in Cato Crest in Durban. His murder follows an on-going struggle by our partner Abahlali baseMjondolo KwaZulu-Natal in the community against evictions, transit camps and rampant corruption in housing allocation. War on Want condemns the murder and continues to support Abahlali baseMjondolo KwaZulu-Natal in their struggle for land, housing and the dignity of the poor.

The press statement written by Abahlali baseMjondolo KwaZulu-Natal is below. For more information, please contact Bandile Mdlalose on +27 84 557 5090. 

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Communities mark anniversary of killings of protestors in struggle against Conga mining project in Peru

28 June 2013

The people of Cajamarca region in Peru are engaged in a deadly battle against what would be the second largest gold mining project in South America – Minas Conga. The project is majority owned by the giant American Newmont Mining Corporation, and 5% owned by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation.  Local communities are convinced this project would severely limit and contaminate their water supply, as the aggressive open pit project will destroy the head of the water basin that gives life to 30,000 people in over 200 communities. 

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A global tax justice movement rises: The new fight to end inequality

19 June 2013

The world’s largest non-governmental organizations, labour and faith groups are “putting world leaders on notice – members of civil society are uniting for tax justice everywhere.”

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Turning up the heat on the New Alliance

13 June 2013

The debate on the G8 and its New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is hotting up. Following on from the critical pieces listed at the bottom of the previous post, George Monbiot has weighed in with a timely critique in the Guardian comparing the New Alliance to the colonial scramble for Africa back in 1884. As noted previously, African farmers’ movements and civil society groups have used the same language to condemn the New Alliance, denouncing it as part of a “new wave of colonialism” launched by the G8. The highly respected author on food issues Raj Patel has also slammed the G8′s approach to malnutrition for stripping away the politics of poverty in order to open the way for corporate takeover.

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Help free Honduran indigenous leader

12 June 2013

Berta CaceresOn 13 June, Honduran indigenous leader Berta Caceres will face a criminal court in Santa Barbara in Honduras.

Berta is a leader of the Lenca peoples, which are fighting in Honduras for human rights and their territorial rights. According to Amnesty International, violence dominates the political agenda in Honduras, and social protest is increasingly being criminalised.

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Bermuda’s rejection of tax treaty ‘another nail in the coffin of Cameron’s credibility on tax’

12 June 2013

Responding to the announcement by Craig Cannonier, premier of Bermuda, that the island jurisdiction would refuse to sign an international tax treaty at a summit held by David Cameron this Saturday, Murray Worthy, tax campaigner at War on Want said:

“Bermuda’s rejection of this international tax treaty shows that Cameron’s tough talk of taking on tax havens is just that – talk. If Cameron was actually serious about tackling tax havens he could simply legislate to abolish all the UK’s tax havens, including Bermuda.

“Rather than taking decisive action, Cameron has chosen to invite the UK’s own tax havens to sign a deal that only tinkers at the edges of their secrecy.

“It is an outrage that many of the world’s most significant tax havens that are used to dodge taxes around the world are British. Cameron’s failure to end this scandal is another nail in the coffin of his credibility on tackling tax dodging.”

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Save the Freedom of Information Act

06 June 2013

The government is proposing to introduce new restrictions to limit the ability of people to make use of the Freedom of Information Act. The effect of these new proposals would be to make it far harder to get information out of the government, a vital tool for campaigners. Take action now and email your MP asking them to take a stand against these proposals.

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Trade unions in Bangladesh demand international brands take responsibility for workplace safety

24 May 2013

The National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) in Bangladesh, War on Want's long term partner in fighting for garment workers' rights held a press conference in Dhaka to mark one month from the collapse of the Rana Plaza building that killed over 1,100 people, mostly female garment workers. The conference was also held to mark six months since the fire at the Tazreen factory in Dhaka which killed 123 workers.

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UK government moves step closer to unaccountable self-regulation for deadly Private Military and Security Companies industry

23 May 2013

The UK government has announced its latest step towards the adoption of voluntary standards for Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs). Mark Simmons, the Foreign Office Minister, announced this month that the UK will shortly launch a pilot scheme to approve national commercial certification bodies that will audit companies according to a set of national standards. The government has not made clear how these certification bodies will operate and how their independence will be guaranteed in light of their commercial relationship with PMSC’s that have to pay a fee for the certification.

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