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Countries in debt are being held to ransom

Countries in debt are being held to ransom

Big banks and hedge funds are making millions in interest payments while lower-income countries are left without enough money to pay for health or education.

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Make cowboy lenders cancel debt

The past few years have seen debts owed by some of the poorest countries mount up to unsustainable levels. Due to the economic crisis and high interest rates, 54 countries are now facing a debt crisis.

But instead of agreeing to cancel some of the debt, big banks and hedge funds are demanding it all - plus interest. 

The global economy is turning into the wild west and cowboy lenders are getting away with the world’s biggest stick up.

But we’ve got a chance to stop cowboy lenders holding countries to ransom. 

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For countries like Pakistan, debt is a disaster

33 million people have been affected by flooding in Pakistan, made worse by the climate crisis. The country is due to spend $22.5 billion this year alone on debt repayments, with speculators able to make over 200% profit.

What can we do to cancel the debt?

Incredibly, UK law plays a key role in enforcing debt contracts - 90% of the lending to lower income countries is enforced through UK courts. That means we can push for a new law to make cowboy lenders cancel debt. 

We can stop them in their tracks, but only if enough of us act. Will you add your voice to the campaign?


Make cowboy lenders cancel debt

It’s crucial we take this chance to push for action - ask your MP to write to the International Development Minister.