From Singapore to Switzerland: the world’s worst tax havens

Tax havens are at the heart of a global system that allows multinational companies to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, while 896 million people worldwide are trapped in extreme poverty. Nine out of ten of the world’s biggest corporations have a presence in tax havens and it is estimated that corporate tax dodging costs poor countries at least $100 billion every year. Oxfam’s new research reveals the world’s worst corporate tax havens. Some of them are far from tropical islands in the sun. And they are just the…

Less than 3% of five million Syrian refugees resettled in rich countries

Less than three per cent of the nearly five million refugees living in Syria’s neighbouring states have been resettled in rich countries according to a new report published yesterday by Oxfam. Instead a lack of political will and a rise in xenophobia have driven a backlash against refugees in many countries. Oxfam reviewed the resettlement policies of eight countries – Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States – and concluded that in some countries a lengthy process, security screening, and an increasingly hostile political…

Tunisia’s torture victims speak out

Saturday the 17th of December marks the sixth commemoration of Tunisian revolution.  It’s also coincidence that there is a national hearing of the cases involving victims of oppression during the dictatorial regime. Victims and witnesses of human rights violations are giving their testimonies to the truth and dignity commission to shed light to the harm of dictatorship from 1955 to 2013. “It is for the history but also it is for the future. Because we are building the future on the mutual understanding, recognition, forgiveness and clear vision of history,”…