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Militarism and repression

Militarised wars and conflicts are major causes of global poverty. Caused by governments, companies, or individuals, they devastate and displace communities, and lead to grave human rights abuses, the loss of life, livelihoods, and social protections. 

Many companies thrive off war and conflict by supplying weapons that kill and maim, by financing war efforts, or by running mercenary armies. The global arms trade supports repressive regimes, fuels wars and armed violence, and reinforces global oppression and inequality. 

Multinational mining companies are buying up land across the planet to extract natural resources, contracting state forces, private mercenary companies, and even illegal paramilitary groups to protect their interests and repress local opposition. Their operations have forced communities from their own land, polluted the environment, and led to widespread human rights violations

We pressure the UK government to stop approving billions of pounds worth of arms exports to human rights abusing regimes. We stand with our partners and all human rights defenders in the Global South in the fight for their land and livelihoods, and we hold UK-based mining companies to account for the violence they inflict on communities.

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Say NO to the anti-boycott bill

The UK government is trying to restrict our collective right to campaign for justice. Show your opposition to the government's anti-boycott bill.

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Defend the right to protest

Demand all UK political parties protect our basic human rights.

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Stand with Palestinian political prisoners

Email your MP to demand that the UK government ensures the basic human rights of Palestinian political prisoners are upheld

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Send a message of solidarity to Palestinian political prisoners

It's important for Palestinian political prisoners to know that the world sees Israel’s injustices.

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Stand with Palestinians against Israel's onslaught

Palestinians are facing an intensified onslaught of militarised violence from the Israeli military. Please contact your MP today and ask them to demand that the UK government stops the sale and purchase of arms to and from Israel.

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Stop Barclays Banking on Apartheid

Barclays has a responsibility to end its complicity in Israel’s war crimes and violations of international law.

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Siemens Gamesa: Stop the plunder

Siemens Gamesa are profiting from Morocco’s plunder of illegally occupied land & violent repression of the people of Western Sahara.

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Defend Palestinian human rights organisations under attack

Israel has banned and raided six leading Palestinian human rights organisations, in an escalation of its targeted suppression of Palestinian civil society.

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Stop Israel’s Forcible Transfer of Palestinians!

Israel is trying to ethnically cleanse over 1,000 Palestinians from Masafer Yatta, in the occupied West Bank.

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End Israel’s siege of the Gaza Strip

Since 2007, Israel has imposed an illegal land, air and sea blockade — effectively turning the Gaza Strip into the world’s largest open-air prison by preventing the free movement of people and goods. End the siege.

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Stop JCB bulldozing Palestinian rights

The UK government must end its complicity with Israel’s settlement enterprise and hold businesses – including JCB – to account.

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Stand with Western Sahara

Demand self-determination for the Saharawi people

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No civilian should be subject to military courts

Email your MP to demand an end to Israel’s unjust system of military courts

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The UK must stop arming repression

Pressure the government to end its trade in arms with human rights abusing regimes.

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End the occupation. Free Western Sahara.

Morocco has been illegally occupying Western Sahara for nearly 50 years. Email your MP to demand it uses its position on the UN Security Council to secure the rights of the Saharawi people.


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