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ParadiseLeaks Response: The Time to Act Is NOW

6 November 2017 - 10:00am

Responding to #ParadiseLeaks Owen Espley, Senior Economic Justice Campaigner, War on Want said:

“Leak after leak demonstrates how politicians have failed to tackle a system that enables wealthy corporations and the rich to hide their wealth and avoid paying their fair share of tax, whilst ordinary people suffer from low pay and cuts to essential public services. The UK Government has the power to prevent its Overseas Territories and Dependencies from being used as tax havens, tough talking means nothing if it is not followed up with action.

Priti Patel’s Israel visit undermines attempts to hold Israel to account for international law violations

3 November 2017 - 1:00pm

In the week that marks a century since the Balfour Declaration, it has come to light that International Development Secretary Priti Patel has held undisclosed meetings in Israel, without informing the Foreign Office or British diplomats. Reports state that she was accompanied in these meetings by an influential pro-Israeli lobbyist.

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

Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy & Ken Loach join international call to free political prisoners in Morocco

3 November 2017 - 11:15am

A year after the tragic death of a fishmonger sparked the rise of the popular social justice movement, Hirak in northern Morocco, over 200 intellectuals join European MPs, academics, trade unionists and public figures from across the globe to petition the Moroccan government to release hundreds of political prisoners. 

Indigenous leaders & activists visit London this week to challenge BHP over devastating of communities

16 October 2017 - 2:15pm

From the frontline of the movement for environmental and social justice, our visitors will speak out about the destruction caused by BHP from the Samarco dam disaster in Brazil to forced displacement around the Cerrejón coal mine in Colombia and share their stories of resistance. We will be co-hosting a series of events, visitors will be available for media interviews and on 19 October they will be protest outside the BHP annual general meeting. 

Parliament to be ‘shut out’ of post-Brexit trade deals

11 October 2017 - 2:45pm

Trade Justice Movement response to Trade White Paper

The Trade Justice Movement has welcomed the government’s recognition in its trade white paper, released yesterday, of the need for trade policy to be “transparent and inclusive”. However it has criticised the government’s commitments so far as woefully inadequate, in particular the lack of any clear role for parliament in scrutinising trade deals.

Sports Direct: Workers Still Exploited

6 September 2017 - 11:45am

Wednesday, 06 September 2017

Responding to Unite the Union’s finding that Sports Direct has failed to keep its commitments to take workers off precarious contracts and offer workers guaranteed hours and permanent employment, Owen Espley, Labour Rights campaigner, War on Want said:

G4S abuse a symptom of larger injustice: arbitrary detention

5 September 2017 - 10:45am

The vile abuse that was exposed in the BBC Panorama footage is only a symptom of a larger injustice: the UK’s use of arbitrary detention of people whose only ‘crime’ is seeking safety.

Reaction: Fortress EU is creating conditions for exploitation of migrant workers

10 August 2017 - 12:00pm

Responding to the release of Verisk Maplecroft Modern Slavery Index that exposes modern slavery increasing across the EU, Owen Espley, Labour Rights campaigner at War on Want said:

“The rise in modern slavery and extreme exploitation of migrants across the EU is an inevitable consequence of “Fortress Europe”. Irregular workers are often afraid to approach the authorities to complain about exploitation through fear they'll be detained or deported, and treated as criminals.

Reaction: Immigration System Risks Race to the Bottom

27 July 2017 - 11:45am

Commenting on The Home Secretary’s article “An immigration system that works for all” [1] and Commission to the Migration Advisory Committee to research EU and European Economic Area (EEA) migration and its role in the wider economy [2], Owen Espley Labour Rights campaigner, War on Want said:

Israel's militarisation of Al Aqsa violates Palestinian rights

21 July 2017 - 10:30am

Israel’s militarisation of the Al Aqsa mosque is a clear example of the wide ranging repression facing Palestinians.

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