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No trade deal with Israel until it respects international law

23 January 2019 - 4:30pm

The UK must follow its own regulations and suspend current trade with Israel 

Lords defeat government on Trade Bill

21 January 2019 - 5:45pm

Government must bring proposals for post-Brexit trade deals before Trade Bill can reach next stage 

Worker exploitation behind Spice Girls t-shirts unsurprising

21 January 2019 - 4:00pm

Responding to reports of worker exploitation behind the production of Comic Relief and Spice Girls t-shirts, War on Want’s Executive Director, Asad Rehman, said:

Statement in solidarity with Roche Community in La Guajira, Colombia

18 January 2019 - 5:00pm

50 people from the community of Roche staged a non-violent occupation of part of the vast Cerrejon coal mine

Parliament says current trade negotiation procedures are ‘insufficient’

28 December 2018 - 8:15am

·    Parliamentary trade committee says current trade negotiation procedures are ‘insufficient’ to secure public trust.

·    Committee calls for parliament to have a vote on trade deals.

·    Committee calls for a ‘presumption of transparency’.

·    Campaigners welcome the drive for Parliament and the public to have a voice on trade, and call for action to be taken to implement this in the Trade Bill, currently going through Parliament.

Banking giant HSBC divests from Israeli arms manufacturer following pressure from human rights campaigners

27 December 2018 - 9:00am

 “HSBC has taken a positive first step in divesting from Elbit Systems, the notorious manufacturer of drones, chemical weapons, cluster bomb artillery systems, and other technology used in attacks against Palestinian civilians, and to militarise walls and borders around the world. Doing business with companies like Elbit means profiting from violence and human rights violation, which is both immoral and a contravention of international law. However, HSBC continues to do business with over a dozen companies selling military equipment and technology used in human rights violation, including Caterpillar, whose bulldozers are used in demolition of Palestinian homes and properties, and BAE Systems, whose weapons are used in war crimes by Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other repressive regimes.”

"Good Work Plan" fails to address precarious contracts

17 December 2018 - 11:15am

Responding to the Government’s announcement of the “Good Work Plan”, which implements recommendations arising from the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, Owen Espley, War on Want’s Senior Economic Justice Campaigner said:

Interserve: Outsourcing is a smoke screen for squeezing wages

12 December 2018 - 4:45pm


Photo: War on Want

Responding to news that Interserve is continuing to get public contracts despite seeking a rescue deal, Owen Espley, War on Want’s Senior Economic Justice Campaigner said:

Corporate land grab exploits the land and rights of Papua New Guinea’s indigenous peoples

6 December 2018 - 12:30pm


Photo: Greenpeace

New Report, 'The SABL Land Grab', exposes the corporate land grab that exploits the land and rights of Papua New Guinea’s indigenous peoples

Private companies are illegally occupying land in Papua New Guinea for logging and palm oil plantations, according to a new report published by War on Want and its partner in Papua New Guinea, Act NOW!.

AirBnb announces it will remove listings in illegal West Bank settlements

19 November 2018 - 6:00pm

"Airbnb has made the right decision to stop profiting from holiday homes in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank"

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