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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 8:36 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote
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Arms, technology and training exported by Britain to the Persian Gulf are being used for stopping internal dissent. Our complicity in state repression is making a mockery of our government’s commitment to democracy and human rights. This is revealed in our startling new report Arming Repression.

Will you ask your MP to read the report and take action?

From the training of sniper units to the sale of crowd control tools like tear gas, rifles and birdshot, UK officials and companies, working together, are complicit in state violence in the Gulf. Since 2010, the UK has approved over 6,000 export licences, worth £16 billion, to arms companies serving the region. Our report also examines the new government strategy to secure fuel supplies and establish a military presence in the Persian Gulf. Yet many details are kept hidden in a secretive Gulf Strategy Unit.

War on Want is calling for an immediate ban on all UK arms exports where the items risk being used in internal repression. We are demanding details of the Gulf Strategy Unit and an inquiry into the role of UK military and police forces in providing training to repressive regimes.

Please ask your MP to read the report and support our demands

Do send us any responses you receive.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Theresa May says she wants to build a global Britain, but unfortunately last weekend we heard reports that the UK could become a tax haven if the government doesn't get the deal it wants after Brexit.

This is bad news for people in the UK, and in developing countries. And 71% of UK businesses agree, opposing a cut to corporation tax. A global race to the bottom helps no one except the tax dodgers.


In fact, tax havens make poverty and inequality worse.  


When Theresa May became Prime Minister she promised to do more to tackle tax havens. Now we need her to show leadership and not backtrack on her commitments. Please sign the petition calling on her not to turn the UK into a tax haven and do more to tackle UK-linked tax havens.

Sign the petition to Theresa May!

The UK actually sits at the heart of a network of tax havens. The Cayman Islands, Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands might all seem like sunny holiday destinations, but they are also all tiny islands overseen by the UK where big companies move money to reduce their tax bills.


The UK has been a global leader on tackling tax dodging; we were the first country to introduce a new law that could make it harder companies to hide their money in tax havens, but we're danger of backtracking. Now we need to see it implemented.


We need to hold Theresa May to her promise. Please add your name to the campaign today.

Sign the petition to tackle tax havens!



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Labour Party members who wish to see a free vote for MPs on triggering Article 50, and stop the three line whip that the leadership is imposing, can sign an open letter or petition in the enclosed link.

http://www.labouragainstbrexit.co.uk/campaigning.html
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
China will end their trade in ivory by the end of this year but Britain continues to allow the sale of tusks from elephants killed before 1947 even though it is known this attracts ivory torn from animals butchered today. Help IFAW end this British disgrace:

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It’s been a wonderful start to the year for those of us campaigning to stop the ivory trade. I was absolutely delighted to hear the news about a domestic ivory ban in China – which is currently the largest market in the world for ivory. This ban will make a huge difference to the future poaching of elephants and make a big dent on the global demand for this unethical product. It’s a great example of the work IFAW is doing and all the years of hard work by my colleagues in China are really paying off.

But although the news from China is a fantastic leap in the right direction, it will take support from other countries to finally put a stop to the killing of elephants. That’s why we’re still campaigning hard here in the UK for a similar domestic ivory ban.

This week we teamed up with the IFAW Asia office to send a joint letter to Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, urging her to not allow the UK to fall behind and instead support the Chinese ivory ban with a ban of our own. Currently, only selling ‘new’ ivory produced after 1947 is banned in this country. This is hard to enforce, and isn’t enough to truly protect elephants.

We already know
the legal antique ivory market in the UK has helped fuel demand for ivory in China and can be used to provide a cover for an illegal trade too. If a ban in China is to work effectively we must support it through tighter controls in the UK.

The Government promised a total ban on domestic ivory in the 2015 Conservative manifesto. Alongside this there has been a groundswell of public support for a ban – for example,
a recent e-petition on the Government website has received over 100,000 signatures and will soon be debated in Parliament. Celebrities and a wide range of animal groups are getting on board with the campaign, too. The time has never been so ripe for action.

   The UK is complicit in the killing of Africa's elephants. Time to BAN OUR IVORY TRADE once and for all
https://t.co/TNTMOa1gRX #JoinTheHerd pic.twitter.com/ffSx7dsKSm

   — Hugh's War on Waste (@HughsWaronWaste)
November 14, 2016

   Let's keep going.. The more sign the bigger pressure. Petition: Shut down the domestic ivory market in the UK. https://t.co/6sR92T3HUv

   — Deborah Meaden (@DeborahMeaden)
January 15, 2017

We’re working with supportive MPs to get things moving in Parliament. We mustn’t let the ivory ban get forgotten in the wake of Brexit negotiations. It needs to be a priority for the public and politicians alike. Help us keep ivory on the political agenda by contacting your MP and asking them to attend the Parliamentary debate on 6 February and sign EDM 859.

When we know elephants in Africa are being killed for ivory at a rate of one every 25 minutes, there is no time to dawdle. This is a global problem and will require a global solution. Here in the UK it’s high time we stood side by side with other countries which have already promised to stop this cruel and senseless trade.

Join us and take action for elephants today.

--RH


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Put an end to UK torture

BRITAIN DOES TORTURE BRITAIN'S ANTI-TORTURE POLICY IS FULL OF HOLES LET'S CLOSE THEM REPRIEVE

Donald Trump and I share an obsession – torture.

He believes it works. I have spent years working with people who have been tortured and I know that it doesn’t.

He thinks ‘even if it does work, they deserve it anyway’. I think torture is an affront to human decency and can never be justified.

He wants to bring back waterboarding ‘and a hell of a lot worse’. I want to stop torture for good.

Let’s start at home. Trump’s fondness for torture means that we in the UK need to unequivocally reject it. But Britain’s “torture policy” is weak and full of holes.

Will you join me in calling on the British government to close the torture loopholes now?


Stop Torture

Theresa May is telling us that the existing torture policy is good enough – but in reality it leaves us open to repeating the grave mistakes of our recent past.

We can never again allow torture to be ushered in under a different name. The CIA’s ‘enhanced interrogation’ techniques included horrific abuses like waterboarding, keeping prisoners in small boxes, and so-called “rectal rehydration”. Our torture regulations are still all too vulnerable to this sinister sleight of hand.        

And we cannot simply allow others to do our dirty work – all the while sticking our fingers in our ears and insisting we can’t hear the screams coming from the interrogation room. Our torture regulations rely heavily on the vague assurances of torturers that our agencies could be all too tempted to accept.

Theresa May can fix this by updating Britain’s torture guidance. Will you support our call on the UK government to unequivocally reject torture?


Stop Torture

Last time, British agencies shamefully followed the US into a dark world of secret prisons and appalling abuses.

This time, we have to say no.


https://reprieve.bsd.net/page/s/e...ktorture1a&source=uktorture1a
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
A petition to sack Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary plus info on voting for a progressive candidate to oust the Tories can be found on either the Compassonline or progressivealliance web sites

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