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Legal action has been threatened against the UK government regarding the granting of export licences for surveillance equipment to countries with poor human rights records.

Social justice organisation Global Justice Now believes that licenses have been granted contrary to export laws and have written to the government to ask for more information in order to decide whether legal action might be required.

Campaign group Global Justice Now issues a damning briefing today on the British government’s sale of surveillance equipment to repressive regimes around the world.
 

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.

Day of creative action to block the set-up of DSEI arms fair in London. ‘Free Movement for People not Weapons’ demonstration targets companies supplying weaponry that fuel wars and profiting from militarised borders and surveillance technology.

Responding to the news that UK banks are to check 70 million bank accounts as part of Theresa May's attempts to create a 'hostile environment' towards migrants, Aisha Dodwell, a migration campaigner with Global Justice Now said:

UK Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, SW1P 4DF

Join us for a protest vigil outside the UK Home Office to protest against the corporations profitting from the suffering of migrants. 

The Department for International Trade has been branded “an affront to democracy” after turning down more than two-thirds of requests.

Big Tech should be taxed and regulated – but the Davos elite wants to give Amazon and Facebook even more power


25 January 2019

This morning a group of mostly rich countries used the World Economic Forum in Davos to call for negotiations on digital trade. This is ‘next big thing’ in trade talks: trying to create global rules to govern rapidly increasing online trade and accompanying flows of data (the so-called ‘oil’ of the new economy).

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe is a continent of walls.


11 November 2019

Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall was brought down in a euphoric rush of hope and reunification. 

I was born in the 90s. For my whole life, the joyful crowds swarming around and over the Wall have symbolized hope, resilience, and the chance to build something new. A world that had been closed off to thousands of East Germans suddenly opened up. The Wall had fallen. No more divisions – Europe could begin to heal.

But thirty years on, Europe is a continent of walls.

From ID cards to echoing the BNP – seven ways to make migrants feel unwelcome


31 July 2018

The Border Audit, a new report from the centre-right thinktank Policy Exchange was released on Monday. The authors essentially argue that the problem with the hostile environment for migrants is not that it is too tough but that it hasn’t gone far enough.

The EU-Turkey summit exposes our inhumanity to refugees


07 March 2016

Europe is disintegrating before our eyes. Open and democratic societies cannot be built on fear and hatred.

Today the European Council is meeting to discuss giving billions of euros to the brutal Turkish government to keep the thousands of refugees trying to get to Western Europe inside Turkey. At the same time they propose authorising NATO to patrol the Mediterranean. Europe is now a grand version of the gated community, patrolled by private security guards, surrounded by a sea of misery.

A private equity fund backed by Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) is under criminal investigation by the European Union and Nigerian anti-corruption authorities for its alleged involvement in fraud and the laundering of millions of dollars looted by James Ibori, the ex-Governor of Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta State, according to an inquiry to be aired tonight by BBC Newsnight.

Ten great podcasts on activism, movements and social change


18 August 2017

Podcasts present an amazing opportunity to look into so many of the dim and distant corners of movement history. This International Podcast Day here is a selection of ten inspiring podcasts that we've been checking out documenting some wonderful moments of activism, movements and social change that will hopefully inspire listeners in the present day.

A glimpse of the French student movement (from the inside)


11 May 2018

France is famous for its rebellions, revolts and revolutions. But these don’t solely belong in the past. France regularly faces upheavals and right now is one of those moments. Strikes and occupations have spread like wildfire across the country in recent months in response to President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial social reforms.

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