Jeremy Corbyn to start global social justice project ‘for the many’

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Ex-Labour leader’s Peace and Justice Project, which launches in January, aims to ‘create hope and opportunity’

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Jeremy Corbyn’s initiative will support ‘social and environmental justice, peace and internationalism’, he says. Photograph: Hollie Adams/PA
Jeremy Corbyn’s initiative will support ‘social and environmental justice, peace and internationalism’, he says. Photograph: Hollie Adams/PA
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Last modified on Tue 15 Dec 2020 15.40 EST

Jeremy Corbyn has announced plans for a new organisation to support social justice, peace and human rights in the UK and around the world.

The former Labour leader said his Peace and Justice Project would “bring people together” to create “a future that works for the many, not the few”.

Corbyn, now sitting as an independent MP after a damaging report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) into antisemitism in the Labour party under his leadership, will launch the initiative next month.

The project will aim to bring people together to support social and environmental justice, peace and internationalism, and will focus on combating poverty, inequality and unaccountable corporate power, the Islington North MP said.

“The aim of the Peace and Justice Project will be to bring people together for social justice, peace and human rights in Britain and across the world. It’s there to create space, hope and opportunity for those campaigning for social justice and a future that works for the many, not the few,” Corbyn added.

Corbyn, who was replaced as Labour leader by Sir Keir Starmer in April, added that his project would promote global cooperation, climate justice, self-determination, democracy and human rights by working with social movements and trade unions to build networks for progressive change.

The project will launch on 17 January after an online event featuring the Labour peer Christine Blower, the Unite union leader, Len McCluskey, and the Labour MP Zarah Sultana.

Outlining his plans, Corbyn said: “We will combine research and analysis with campaigning and organising. And we can build on the popular socialist policies developed in the Labour party over the past five years.

“This year, many of us have felt powerless in the face of forces beyond our control. It doesn’t have to be like that. Things can, and they will, change.”

Rafael Correa, the former president of Ecuador, welcomed the initiative saying: “Coronavirus has shown again how neoliberalism is incapable of dealing with the huge crisis our societies face. Now, more than ever, we need to be united in our struggles across the world against neoliberalism and inequality.”

Corbyn was suspended from the Labour party after saying the scale of the problem investigated by the EHRC had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons” by opponents and the media. He has since made a clarifying statement saying it was not his intention to “tolerate antisemitism or belittle concerns about it”, and has been readmitted to the party with a warning. However, Starmer has suspended the Labour whip until early next year, requiring Corbyn to make a formal apology.