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Get the latest news and analysis on global justice issues and join in the debate. Our bloggers include Global Justice Now staff as well as activists from around the world who work on a broad range of subjects. Views expressed by guest bloggers do not necessarily represent the views of Global Justice Now. 

Our blog links experiences in the UK to issues affecting people globally, and covers everything from trade justice and climate change to migration and aid.

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$2,340 for a Covid-19 treatment?

Yesterday US pharmaceutical company, Gilead announced that they will charge an extraordinary $2,340 for a five-day treatment course for the drug remdesivir, which is being used as a treatment for Covid-19. The drug has been developed with substantial amounts of public money in the US, with a reported $70.5 million of public investment

South African movements are building a Climate Justice Charter from below

Despite a temporary dip in carbon emissions due to the coronavirus pandemic, scientific calculations shows that it is highly likely that 2020 will still be the world’s hottest year on record.

6 ways to mark Windrush Day and challenge the racist hostile environment

Today is Windrush Day, marking the day 72 years ago when the Empire Windrush ship arrived at Tilbury Docks and gave its name to a generation of migrants from the Caribbean. It’s a day of celebration – but also necessarily a day of confronting injustice. Here's a reminder of why and how we can re-commit to demanding justice for the Windrush generation and demanding an end to the hostile environment for migrants, once and for all. 

My week at the Black Lives Matter protests

I had a bit of a moral conundrum over attending last week’s Black Lives Matter protests. How responsible was it to attend a mass gathering during a pandemic disproportionately affecting the BAME community and other minority groups? Ultimately I decided it was too important to sit out, particularly for those of us with the privilege of being able to make that choice.  The week wasan important reminder of the solidarity and empowerment many of us feel - maybe uniquely - at protests. Not to mention the work that we must all be doing to support an anti-racist movement.

The world against the virus: 7 things we've learned from talking to our allies


15 June 2020

During lockdown, Global Justice Now’s series of webinars, podcasts and interviews have been exploring what coronavirus means in the global south. Here are 7 things we've learned.

What pulling down statues of slave owners tells us about fighting systemic racism

The video of slave trader Edward Colston’s statue being unceremoniously torn down and dumped into Bristol docks on Sunday was an undoubtedly joyous moment for many. As was the removal of slaver Robert Milligan from his plinth outside the Museum of London Docklands only a few hours later. The tearing down of these statues has taught Britain more about its history in a few days than the statues ever did in the century or two they stood in idle glory. Now we need to make sure these moments are turned into a long-lasting struggle to destroy systemic racism by connecting our struggles here and around the world.

Coronavirus is killing the poor far more than the rich. A vaccine must be free for everyone


19 May 2020

Pneumonia is killing 2,000 people every day. But not because of coronavirus. For nearly twenty years, millions of children have not had access to the patented vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline due to its high cost, which has generated billions in profit for those corporations.

Our online fundraiser to support displaced communities in Calais proves social distancing doesn't mean social apathy


13 May 2020

On Wednesday 6 May, Our Future Now (OFN) held an online fundraiser in support of the work of Calais Food Collective (CFC), an organisation providing essential food services for displaced communities in Calais and Dunkirk in France. Over 2000 refugees from various war-torn places are currently displaced in Northern France, and have found themselves in a perpetual state of uncertainty and marginalisation as European countries reject their claims to asylum.

Where the pandemic isn’t (yet) the virus: fearing illness and destitution in Lesotho

Every morning, Google Alerts connects me to news coverage of Lesotho, a small southern African country that I’ve visited regularly since the mid-1990s. Over the past couple of months, the new lexicon of social distancing, lock-down, PCR testing kits and PPE shortages has threaded through the nation’s press, a striking reminder that the coronavirus pandemic is truly global.

The impact of Covid-19 on Bangladesh

This article is part of our interview series, Southern Perspectives on the Coronavirus Pandemic,

In recent weeks I have interviewed several social movements activists and NGO campaigners in Bangladesh about the impact of coronavirus on their country. Many are fearful to speak publicly, especially to members of the foreign media and NGOs, about their concerns and views over their government’s approach to the pandemic.

Covid-19 in Calais – a harsher hostile environment

Displaced communities in Calais are on the frontlines of the global Covid-19 pandemic. The migrants living in precarious conditions at the UK-French border have been left without support and are facing hostility and violence from the state. I’ve been volunteering in Calais and have seen first-hand how the outbreak of coronavirus has rendered an already bleak and desperate situation far bleaker. We must stand in solidarity with migrants in Calais and everywhere.

The history of International Workers' Day


01 May 2020
This year as Covid-19 crosses our borders and we celebrate key workers in the UK and around the world, we must remember the history of May Day and continue to fight in solidarity for workers’ rights everywhere.

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