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Reaction: parliament passes CETA as Labour abstains

26 June 2018 - 1:30pm

Responding to today’s parliamentary debate and vote on the CETA trade deal, from which the Labour Party abstained, Jean Blaylock, senior trade campaigner at War on Want, says:

“Quite simply, CETA puts corporate power above democratic rule. It includes the notorious ‘corporate courts’ which give big business the power to sue countries for any policy they claim could affect their profits, even if it is vital to the public interest.

Civil society asks MPs to defend democracy and reject CETA today

26 June 2018 - 10:45am

As MPs finally get to debate CETA, the EU-Canada trade deal, in parliament today, civil society groups warn this toxic trade deal threatens our democracy and public services, calling on MPs to reject it.

Reaction: McDonald's called before tax committee

20 June 2018 - 2:45pm

Responding to the news that McDonald's will appear before Parliament's special committee on financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance, War on Want's Senior Campaigner on economic justice, Owen Espley, says: 

Reaction: US withdrawal from UN human rights council

20 June 2018 - 12:00pm

Responding to the US withdrawal from the UN human rights council today, War on Want's senior campaigner on militarism and security Ryvka Barnard, said:

Reaction: Colombian Elections

19 June 2018 - 12:00pm

Responding to the victory of far-right candidate Ivan Duque in the second round of Colombia's presidential election, War on Want's Senior International Programmes Officer (Latin America), says: 

Press Comment: Pimlico Plumbers Supreme Court Ruling

13 June 2018 - 2:30pm

Responding to the Supreme Court judgement on the Pimlico Plumbers case, Owen Espley, labour rights campaigner at War on Want, says:
 
“New technology does not mean no rights. This is a victory for common sense and will benefit ordinary people all over the country who are denied basic rights such as holiday and sick pay. 
 
It is a stinging rebuke to the government for failing to uphold the law and forcing people to fight for their rights.
 

MPs across parties call for suspension of arms sales to Israel

24 May 2018 - 10:00am

A cross-party group of MPs have called for a suspension of arms sales to Israel in an Early Day Motion tabled on 23 May 2018.

MPs from across political parties have expressed dismay over the UK Government’s response to Israel’s killing of unarmed protesters in Gaza, with particular questions on the legality of UK arms sales to Israel.

Reaction: UK abstention from UN Gaza vote makes a mockery of commitment to international law

19 May 2018 - 9:00am

Trusting that Israel can fairly and neutrally investigate its own war crimes is an insult to any common sense definition of justice, and makes a mockery of the UK’s stated commitment to international law, human rights, and accountability

Press release: BP’s Manchester shareholder meeting faces protest over fracking and human rights abuses

16 May 2018 - 11:45am

Oil company’s first ever Annual General Meeting in Manchester faces protest with participants from communities affected by BP’s operations in Argentina and Colombia.

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