Campaigns, Round, Up, Autumn, 2013, Activism, Companies, Social Justice
Genetically engineered organisms will not be marketed in the EU thanks to campaigns by environmental groups . Photo © climate-connections.org

Campaigns Round Up: Autumn 2013

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In our newest regular column, we bring you up to date with our pick of the most exciting campaign successes from around the world

Monsanto announces the end of GM food marketing in the EU

After pressure from environmental groups, agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto has decided not to pursue the marketing of GM seeds in the EU. Get involved: Sign a petition for labelling of GM foods to be mandatory in the UK

Crucial step taken towards justice for Bhopal gas victims 

A court decision made in India on 23 July requires The Dow Chemical Company to respond to the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak, caused by its wholly owned subsidiary, Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), which has impacted the health of thousands of local people. Previously, UCC had ignored court summons, with Dow claiming no responsibility for the disaster. More information: Amnesty

Gove agrees to keep climate change in the curriculum

Michael Gove has agreed to end plans to drop climate change from the UK National Curriculum after a Change.org petition created by secondary school student Esha Marwaha amassed over 31,000 signatures. Get involved: Sign the pledge to fight climate change by joining the Global Power Shift

Justice for gay couple who experienced discrimination

In July this year Michael Black and John Morgan won their fight against discrimination after they were refused entry to their pre-booked room at a Berkshire bed and breakfast because they are gay. The judge ruled in their favour and the B&B owners were told that they cannot turn away guests based on sexual orientation. More information: Liberty

UK halts deportation of Tamil asylum seekers

After footage emerged showing that seven repatriated Tamil men were arbitrarily detained and tortured in Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch successfully challenged British government policy that had approved plans to send the asylum seekers home. They were permitted to stay at the last minute. Get involved: Sign up for the Human Rights Watch newsletter to help join the fight for Tamil asylum seekers in the UK

New Police Practices Help to Fight the HIV Epidemic

Sex workers in San Francisco, Washington DC and part of New York State are now permitted by law to carry condoms without fear of arrest. The new measures have been taken to help sex workers protect themselves and their clients from HIV/Aids, and steps are being taken to propose similar laws in other US states. More information: Human Rights Watch

This article by Zion Lights was originally published on Positive News.