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Reaction: UN report on complicity of 206 corporations in Israel’s violation of international law

1 February 2018 - 11:15am

Responding to a new report from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, indicating corporate complicity in illegal Israeli settlements, Ryvka Barnard, War on Want Senior Campaigner said:

"Israel’s oppression of Palestinians depends on a chain of complicity that includes corporations around the world. Arms companies like BAE Systems sell weapons to Israel used in deadly attacks on Palestinians. JCB and Caterpillar sell equipment to the Israeli military used to demolish Palestinian homes. HSBC provides financial services and loans to these companies and others.

Israel's blacklist a desperate attempt to silence a movement for justice

7 January 2018 - 11:00pm

Israel’s blacklist targeting international charities and human rights organisations such as War on Want is part of a wider crackdown on BDS. It is a desperate attempt to silence a growing movement that is holding Israel to account for its systematic abuse of Palestinian rights and persistent violations of international law.

 

UK must condemn Trump's weaponisation of humanitarian aid to Palestinians

3 January 2018 - 1:00pm

Responding to the Trump administration’s comment that the U.S. may stop aid to UNRWA if Palestinians are "no longer willing to talk peace”, War on Want’s senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

"Over 5 million Palestinian refugees in Palestine, Jordan, and Syria depend on that aid for their basic needs, at a time when conditions for Palestinian refugees are perhaps worse than ever. 

Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity Statement

22 December 2017 - 12:15pm

Attempt at Sabotage in New York: the European Union aims to Eliminate the Financing of the United Nations Intergovernmental Working Group Entrusted with Drafting a Legally Binding Treaty on TNCs and Human Rights

Tuesday 19th December 2017

UK demands secrecy in Brexit trade talks with the US leaving Parliament in the dark

21 December 2017 - 12:45pm

There needs to be total transparency rather than 'total secrecy'

 

Responding to the news of the British Government demanding 'total secrecy' in its free trade talks with the US for a post-Brexit deal, War on Want Senior Trade Campaigner Mark Dearn said:

“Despite what he says, Liam Fox seems intent on repeating the mistakes of TTIP – a secretly negotiated deal in which our government sought to unpick regulations and lock the NHS into privatisation while showing disdain for any degree of public or parliamentary scrutiny.

 

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.

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: 

 

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.

Priti Patel had no other choice but to resign

8 November 2017 - 7:45pm

Priti Patel had no other choice but to resign

Responding to news of International Development Secretary Priti Patel’s resignation, War on Want’s senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

“This is clearly the right outcome. The scandal of Priti Patel’s ‘secret’ meetings with Israeli politicians has worsened as more details emerge, including the implication that Number 10 colluded in keeping some of the meetings secret.

Patel Must Go, says War on Want

7 November 2017 - 2:45pm

More details have emerged on International Development Secretary Priti Patel's 'vacation' meetings with Israeli officials. Downing Street has admitted that she discussed with Israel the idea of giving the country British foreign aid cash.

Responding to news, War on Want’s senior militarism and security campaigner, Ryvka Barnard, said:

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