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

14 December 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.

Was it too much to expect the WTO to deliver for women?

14 December 2017 - 12:00pm

Argentina, host for this week’s World Trade Organisation, welcomed hundreds of government representatives to Buenos Aires to negotiate the rules of the global trade in goods, services and ecommerce. Lagging far behind other international fora, the WTO made attempts to draw attention to the impact of trade on gender equality, and correspondingly the impact women’s economic productivity can have on trade.

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: 

 

Tunisia's forgotten peasants, Part 1

13 December 2017 - 9:30am

Fayrouz Yousfi, December 2017

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.

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 

Three things you can do right now to support Palestinian rights

8 December 2017 - 11:15am

We stand with the Palestinians of Jerusalem who will never give up their right to live in peace and with dignity in their beautiful city, and we stand with all the Palestinian people struggling for justice. And we commit to taking concrete action to translate our solidarity into effective campaigns for human rights and justice for all.

UK Coal Costs Colombia

7 December 2017 - 11:30am

By Mark Metcalf, originally published in Big Issue North 27 NOV - 3 DEC.

Claims human rights violated in Colombia

UK-owned mine is vital to local economy

 Mariana Greif Etchebehere

A worker at Cerrejon coal mine in Colombia. UK owners are accused of displacing locals and environmental damage. Photo: Mariana Greif Etchebehere

#WAGETHEFT – 5 WAYS EMPLOYERS ROB THEIR WORKERS

30 November 2017 - 2:15pm

Thursday 30 November 2017

New research has found that at least 2 million workers in Britain are losing over £3 billion in unpaid holiday pay and wages a year. Workers on precarious contracts are often afraid to enforce their rights for fear they’ll lose future work. Migrant workers are often afraid to approach authorities for fear they’ll be arrested, detained and deported by the very authorities meant to be enforcing their rights.

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.

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