Speaker Tour: Indigenous Resistance to Agribusiness Expansion in Brazil

10 April 2017 - 1:30pm

SPEAKER TOUR 17-21 APRIL 

War on Want will be hosting Cacique Ladio Veron, leader of the Guarani-Kaiowá Indigenous community in Brazil, who will be in the UK to raise awareness about the struggle of his people against the violent expansion of agribusiness on their ancestral territories, which is endangering their livelihoods and survival.

 

Every Day is a Day of Resistance for Women

8 March 2017 - 4:00pm

For years, International Women’s Day has seen a mix of protest and celebration as women gather across countries and continents to mark the global struggle for women’s rights and gender equality.

Each year, the 8th of March offers an opportunity to reflect on progress, renew our commitment and energy for the struggles ahead, and celebrate the crucial leadership and strength of those sisters who are at the coal face fighting for their rights, and the rights of those around them.

Threats and harassment continue against War on Want partner in Colombia

7 March 2017 - 1:30pm

Human rights defenders and social movement leaders are being systematically harassed and killed in Colombia for defending their land and livelihoods. 

War on Want partner, The Social Corporation for Community Counselling and Training (COSPACC) has recently been subjected to a series of threats and harassment made against its leaders.

Getting away with murder: the case of Berta Caceres

2 March 2017 - 11:45am

One year ago today, Berta Caceres, indigenous Lenca leader and land defender, was murdered in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Berta was the co-founder of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH), and led the successful grassroots resistance to the Agua Zarca dam that threatened the Lenca community of Rio Blanco. Today we remember her life and join the global call for justice. 

Reflections on Western Sahara's struggle for self-determination

1 March 2017 - 5:00pm

Reflections on the Sahrawi struggle for self-determination on the 41st anniversary of the proclamation of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). By Hamza Hamouchene Senior International Programmes Officer (North Africa and West Asia).                                      

Samarco mine: march to mark Brazil’s worst environmental disaster

10 November 2016 - 2:45pm

On 5 November 2015 a giant mining waste dam in eastern Brazil collapsed, unleashing toxic waste on the town of Bento Rodrigues. Twenty people were killed and the region’s most important river, the Rio Doce, was contaminated. War on Want was in Brazil accompanying communities affected by the disaster one year on. 

Trade deal CETA signed but on the ropes?

30 October 2016 - 9:15am

On the delayed signing today of CETA by European Council president Donald Tusk, Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Vicki Hird, Campaigns and Policy Director at War on Want, said: 

“This signing ceremony should be seen for what it is – a promotional opportunity designed to push a toxic trade deal and trade agenda that are in trouble.

Controversial CETA trade deal blocked

24 October 2016 - 12:30pm

Canada and the EU have been desperately trying to force a conclusion to the deal in the face of strong opposition in Belgium, where four out of five regional governments are opposed to the deal, echoing concerns in other member states. However, last minute talks have failed with Belgium declaring that it cannot sign the deal and the chair of the EU's trade committee admitting that: "CETA has failed."

Open letter: 'Oil and Money 2016' is not a conference, it is a crime scene

18 October 2016 - 11:30am

Protesters and representatives from communities affected by the oil and gas industry disrupted the opening of the Oil & Money 2016 conference by staging a climate crime scene. The action was accompanied by an open letter from over 60 authors, performers, activists and organisations including War on Want, Friends of the Earth, 350.org and Global Justice Now. 

CETA deal on the brink of collapse as Canada admits defeat

21 October 2016 - 4:45pm

The European Commission has been desperately trying to conclude CETA this week in the face of stiff opposition across Europe, including within the governments of Belgium, Germany, Poland and others. The Belgian regional government of Walloon has been key to blocking the deal - its Minister-President Paul Magnette has received a hero's reception across social media.

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