Briefing: UK Protections for International Investors - Not Fit for Purpose

May 2017

Investment protection provisions - known as 'corporate courts' - are contained in Bilateral Investment Treaties and Free Trade Agreements, both of which are binding agreements between two or more countries. These agreements often contain an Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism which allows investors to sue governments in international tribunals if they believe a policy undermines the profitability of their investment.

This briefing is published by War on Want, alongside the Trade Justice Movement, Global Justice Now, Unison, and Friends of the Earth.

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Briefing: Brexit and Trade Justice for the Global South

May 2017

The UK's decision to leave the EU means that, for the first time in 40 years, trade policy will return to UK government competence. In the two-year period in which Brexit negotiations take place, the UK government and public attention will inevitably be focused on negotiations with the EU. However, with the UK government's ability to negotiate its own trade deals comes a huge opportunity to achieve a truly progressive trade agenda for Southern countries.

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Eritrea: British firms bankrolling a brutal regime

3 May 2017 - 11:15am

Eritrea is one of the most repressive states in the world. Yet in the pursuit of profit British firms are turning a blind eye to human rights abuses and reinforcing a ruthless dictatorship.

WATCH NOW: How garment workers are exploited

27 April 2017 - 5:00pm

War on Want’s Senior International Programmes Officer (Asia and the Pacific),Thulsi Narayanasamy, talks garment worker exploitation on 'Economic Divide'  (14 April 2017)

BDS is a legitimate means of protest against human rights abuse, says War on Want

27 April 2017 - 12:15pm

Campaigning for BDS is a legitimate means of protest, a fact that has been affirmed time and time again by bodies such as the European Union. It’s effectiveness is one of the main reasons why there is an organised campaign led by the Israeli government to shut it down. Students have every right to use their democratic rights to organise and exercise freedom of expression, and should be applauded for calling out violations of international law and human rights abuse.

Malmström attempts to reboot TTIP in visit to USA

25 April 2017 - 4:30pm

Millions across Europe opposed the EU-US trade deal TTIP,  while Barack Obama was in office, now the people of Europe will not accept an even more extreme Donald Trump version of this hated secret deal.

Western Sahara: Resistance in exile

25 April 2017 - 2:45pm

Deep in the Sahara desert some 165,000 Saharawi refugees cling to the hope that they will one day return to their confiscated homeland. But despite a lifetime in exile, and denial of their basic human rights, resistance is growing.

Trade Union Focus July 2017

Welcome to your quarterly update dedicated to War on Want’s trade union affiliates and supporters. As Brexit negotiations start, trade campaigning continues apace and we have new materials for you to take action on transparency and democracy. Meanwhile, our work on Palestine has already delivered results and as the debate continues on the use of zero hours contracts our campaign to Stand With Migrant Workers is picking up speed.

 

Rana Plaza four years on: 'Everything has changed. We know we should not be afraid at work'

24 April 2017 - 2:45pm

Too often the voices of women garment workers in Bangladesh are marginalised or dismissed, yet women garment workers are far from hapless victims. They continue to fight every day to improve working conditions for themselves and each other. They also have a clear analysis of the problem: international brands are responsible for their exploitation, it is they who benefit from it.

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Meet the frontline activists facing down the global mining industry

11 December 2017 - 12:15pm

Leaders from the frontlines of mining struggles in the Philippines, Colombia and Uganda travelled to the UK this November to expose the true costs of the UK’s extensive ties to the global mining industry and oppose the Mines and Money Conference in London - a global hub of mining finance and power. 

By Tatiana Garavito, Sebastian Ordoñez and Hannibal Rhoades, originally published on Red Pepper.

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The McStrike demonstrates why the right to collective bargaining is a fundamental human right

10 December 2017 - 12:15am

10 December 2017 - On Human Rights Day,  War on Want's Economic Justice campaigner Owen Espley explains why Workers Rights are Human Rights. 

This article originally appeared on the TUC Blog 

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