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In the summer of 2005, while the G8 met in Scotland and made promises that have yet to be kept, a people’s movement was born in Edinburgh. Under the banner of “Make Poverty History” a quarter of a million people marched on Edinburgh’s streets calling for an end to man-made poverty through changes to a glaringly unjust trade system and a suffocating debt burden. The following year a group of activists and organisations met to keep the spirit of those events going. Since then the Edinburgh World Justice Festival has continued to keep world justice issues on the agenda in our city. The Festival gives us an opportunity to explore what we as individuals and as a community can do to work for positive change.

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Festival Programme 2017

Creating Hope Through People Power


30sep(sep 30)10:30 am(sep 30)10:30 amFood sovereignty: Justice for planet and peopleThe global food sovereignty movement is building an agroecological system based on justice10:30 am - 12:30 pm

30sep(sep 30)6:00 pm(sep 30)6:00 pmFestival launchCome celebrate the movements and meet the people committed to world justice6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


01oct1:00 pm5:00 pmLiving non-violently to our earthWorkshops by local initiatives exploring ways to live nonviolently towards the earth.1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

01oct7:00 pm07(oct 7)7:00 pmHibakusha: Exhibition launchMoving photo exhibition on survivors from Hiroshima and their visit to Faslane Peace Camp7:00 pm - 1:00 pm (7)

02oct(oct 2)7:00 pm(oct 2)7:00 pmThe hate stops hereForum on opposing racism in our communities and on the streets.7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

02oct(oct 2)7:00 pm(oct 2)7:00 pmPapua Merdeka: Towards Freedom in West PapuaThe people’s of West Papua fight for freedom: how it might succeed 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

03oct(oct 3)6:30 pm(oct 3)6:30 pmArtists for peace in KurdistanArtists reflect on the Kurds’ struggle for democracy and equality6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Supporters of EWJF

I recall taking part in the great Make Poverty History march in Edinburgh, and before that the excellent Jubilee 2000 campaign on world debt. With the credit crunch, action on world poverty is now even more urgent and so the Edinburgh World Justice Festival is an even more vital contribution to the campaign. It has my full support and encouragement.

George Foulkes MSP, Scottish Parliament

I fully support the aims of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival. Knowledge and understanding of the causes of poverty, war and injustice are the first steps in tackling these issues. The simple act of discussing and debating the problems affecting people around the world provides hope and optimism for the future.

Councillor Steve Cardownie Festival and Events Champion, The City of Edinburgh Council

Our Values

International Justice and Development

Raise the profile of international justice and development issues

Collective action

Foster collective action on human rights, climate justice and peace

Public Platform

Be a platform for co-operation and debate for the world justice movement in Edinburgh

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