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Exporting repression: How Britain is supplying surveillance technology to human-rights abusing countries

September 2019

By Mark Curtis and Matt Kennard

The British government is continuing to approve the export of high-tech surveillance equipment and software of the type that is being used by states abusing human rights to monitor and repress dissent, new government figures show.

In the past 12 months, “telecommunications interception equipment”, or software and technology for such equipment, has been exported to 13 countries, including authoritarian regimes such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar.

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Five reasons modern trade deals are terrible for the climate

August 2019

Any lasting and just solution to climate change must lie in changing the economic and political structures that bind us to a high carbon model. Modern, mega trade deals will further entrench this model and make it all but impossible to reverse. This briefing outlines the reasons why we have to stop these trade deals if we are to successfully stop climate change.

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Lydian v Armenia

July 2019

SUMMARY:
Mining company threatened to sue when protestors blockaded a gold mine and government allowed the protest to go ahead

STATUS:
Starting

AT STAKE:
£2 billion

DETAILS:
Initial notification filed March 2019 using both a UK-Armenia and Canada-Armenia investment deal

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Biwater v Tanzania

May 2019

British water firm sues Tanzania for ending a failed water contract

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Chevron vs Ecuador

May 2019

US oil firm sued Ecuador after compensaton ordered for devastating Amazon oil spill.

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Stop corporate courts hammering democracy

February 2019

Trade and investment deals are giving big business unique powers to challenge democracy – including powerful rights to sue governments for making decisions that harm their profits.

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ISDS files - Philip Morris V Australia

January 2019

Tobacco giant sued Australia over plain packaging for cigarettes

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Q&A: Stop corporate courts

January 2019

A Q&A to deal with tricky questions about corporate courts and our campaign against them.

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The case against corporate courts

January 2019

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), is a system of special privileges granted to transnational companies by rules in trade and investment deals. ISDS has enabled corporations to sue countries for doing almost anything they don’t like – including restrictions on destructive mining, regulating finance, renationalising public services and anti-smoking policies.

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Trading up for health: How to prevent trade deals from undermining health

January 2019

This briefing outlines the main risks that trade policy poses to health, and then sets out the alternatives that could help avoid these risks and ensure that trade doesn’t undermine health justice. It makes seven recommendations for future UK agreements.

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Model resolution on trade for Labour and SNP members

October 2018

As part of our Trade Democracy campaign we have produced model resolutions that SNP and Labour Party members can to take to local parties in support of just trade principles.  You'll find both those motions here, ready for you to use.

 

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The Trans-Pacific Powergrab

October 2018

TPP will hand over even more power to the most powerful corporations in the world and deepen the inequalities of hyperglobalisation. The UK should not be considering joining it. Instead it should be developing a progressive approach to trade that can work for people and planet. More about why joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be bad for people and planet – and the UK in our new briefing with Trade Justice Movement and War On Want.