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Why is it important to reflect about ‘rights’?

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Rights – land and territorial rights, human rights, women rights, peoples’ rights, rights of nature, etc.- have long played a role...

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What are rights? Some lessons from struggle

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In August 1838, a young man called Frederick Bailey escaped from slavery in Baltimore on the east coast of the United States (US). Less...

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Honduras and the Consultation Law: A trap that seeks to advance capitalism onto indigenous territories

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Since ILO Convention 169 was ratified in 1995, indigenous peoples in Honduras have demanded the creation of a consultation mechanism to...

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Reflections on climate change, the rights of Indigenous Peoples and the right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Western colonialists and imperialists have for centuries pillaged and taken the lands, territories and natural resources of Indigenous...

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Brazil and land rights: A historical struggle that continues and intensifies

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Interview to Roberto Liebgott, coordinator of “Regional Sul do Conselho Indigenista Missionário” – CIMI (The South Regional from the...

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The sin of being a woman and ecologist in Latin America

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

The current wave of murders directly aimed at environmental and feminist activists demands a reflection that includes a gender perspective....

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Philippines: Women call to stop the bombings in Marawi and to revoke Martial Law in Mindanao  

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Women leaders from several national, regional and international organizations  called for truth about what’s happening in Marawi and...

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Women in the anti-mining struggle in El Salvador: “We are that swarm of bees”

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

In March 2017 the people of El Salvador won a huge victory. The Metal Mining Ban ruled absolute prohibition on mining exploration,...

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The Philippines: Defending the defenders, defending their rights

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Juvy Capion was an indigenous B’laan mother of three, and a staunch defender of their ancestral domain in South Cotabato, Philippines,...

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Amazonian and Andean women in the VIII Pan-Amazonian Forum

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

How to make the sustainability of life the center of debate The VIII Pan-Amazonian Forum, held from April 28th to May 1st, 2017 in...

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Honduras: The deadliest country in the world for environmental activism

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

More than 120 people have been killed in Honduras since 2009 for standing up to companies that grab land and destroy forests, a January...

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India: BBC investigation reveals deadly toll of shoot-to-kill policy in tiger reserves

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

Across the world, indigenous peoples face arrests, harassment, torture and death in the name of nature conservation. The Kaziranga National...

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A un año del asesinato de Berta Cáceres

Posted on Mar 3, 2017

Only available in Spanish. Convocatoria del COPINH (Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras): El 2 de marzo...

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A un año del asesinato de Berta Cáceres – Comunicado de la RECOMA

Posted on Mar 3, 2017

Only available in Spanish América Latina, 02 de marzo de 2017  A un año del asesinato de Berta Cáceres A un año del intento de...

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Report: Cooling the Planet: Frontline Communities Lead the Struggle

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

Voices from the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles. Small-scale food producers and consumers – the frontline communities –...

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The Ecuadorean government has desisted in its intent to close Acción Ecoloógica

Posted on Jan 20, 2017

We share below the letter sent by Acción Ecológica thanking all the support received from the international level. We emphasize that,...

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Solidaridad con Acción ecológica – Comunicado de la RECOMA

Posted on Jan 18, 2017

América Latina, 26 de diciembre de 2016 La Red Latinoamericana contra los Monocultivos de Árboles (RECOMA) expresa su apoyo y solidaridad...

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Urgent Action Alert – To the Equadorian Government: Against the double extractivist hunting

Posted on Dec 21, 2016

Letter to be sent to: Dr Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador rafael.correa@presidencia.gob.ec Ministro de...

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Regarding the Ecuadorian Government’s Move to Close Acción Ecológica – URGENT PRESS RELEASE

Posted on Dec 21, 2016

Acción Ecológica denounces the request made by Diego Torres Saldaña, Deputy Minister of Internal Security, to the Minister of...

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COPINH: statement six months after the assassination of COPINH’s general coordinator, Berta Cáceres Flores.

Posted on Sep 5, 2016

The Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, 6 months after the assassination of COPINH’s General Coordinator,...

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“When murder and abuse become systemic”: violence and impunity across Asia

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

The recently released Newsletter from Focus on the Global South draws attention to the alarming escalation of violence against...

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Under the radar: A brief summary of the situation of environmental defenders in Central Africa

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

This report aims to draw attention to violations and threats that environmental justice defenders in Central Africa are facing,...

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Militares y DESA detrás del asesinato de Berta / Atentado contra periodista hondureño

Posted on May 17, 2016

Only abvailable in Spanish. Por Giorgio Trucchi El Ministerio Público hondureño dio a conocer la detención de cuatro sospechosos del...

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Violence broke out in the fields and forests of Brazil

Posted on May 9, 2016

The Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) of Brazil released its Notebook on Field Conflicts 2015 last April 15. The research data reveal a...

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Update on POSCO’s harassments in Odisha India

Posted on May 9, 2016

Despite India’s National Green Tribunal statement on early April affirming that POSCO’s Environmental Clearance is valid only up to...

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Manifesto sent to Brazilian authorities for the immediate release of Chief Babau and Teity Tupinambá

Posted on Apr 22, 2016

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International Condemnation: Honduras – End the violence and death against the peasant-indigenous movement

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

La Vía Campesina denounces the grave criminalization taking place in Honduras today in the form of prisons, repression and the...

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Mozambique: Denunciation of the partnership between WWF and ProSavana

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The “No to ProSavana Campaign” have been resisting the implementation of ProSavana in the Nacala Corridor of Mozambique, a partnership...

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“Consultation” as a tool of exclusion: A choreography that hides land grabbing

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

There is much talk today about the importance of the consultation process with local communities before the arrival of mega projects that...

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Corporate peace and the Green Economy in Colombia

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The current situation in Colombia can be understood as a historic opportunity to try to overcome decades of armed, social and political...

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India: annulling rights to allow mining

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

On 8 January 2016, the Government of Chhattisgarh (GoC), India, passed an order cancelling the rights of the villagers of Ghatbara over a...

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Justice for Berta Cáceres and COPINH

Posted on Mar 5, 2016

Berta Cáceres, coordinator of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), was murdered on March 2,...

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International condemnation of the murder of indigenous leader Bertha Cáceres in Honduras

Posted on Mar 4, 2016

PRESS RELEASE.  To sign-on please send a message to campaign@stopcorporateimpunity.org (*) 4th March 2016, Planet Earth Berta Cáceres,...

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Urgent Action: We urge immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres

Posted on Mar 4, 2016

Embassy of Honduras in Mexico. Mexican Consulate in Honduras. Inter American Commission on Human Rights. Sign-on here Early this morning,...

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In response to the assassination of our sister in in struggle: Bertha Cáceres – Statement and call to action from La Via Campesina

Posted on Mar 3, 2016

The international peasant movement La Via Campesina denounces to the national and international public that on this day, 3 March 2016 in...

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Please take action: Stop the destruction of the Ekuri people’s ancestral rainforest in Nigeria

Posted on Feb 29, 2016

Dear friends, We need your urgent support. The Ekuri People’s ancestral land in Nigeria is under threat. The people of Ekuri live in...

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Jail term for villagers opposing Bolloré/Socfin’s palm oil plantations in Sierra Leone as trial of French journalists starts in Paris

Posted on Feb 10, 2016

10 February 2016 | Press release – A day before the start of yet another trial brought on the Bolloré Group against French...

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Children coping with evictions of World Bank-financed projects

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

An article from the “Food and Environment Reporting Network” highlights an investigation into the hidden toll of World Bank–financed...

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Forest fires in Indonesia: Why is the media looking away?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

An article from “The Guardian” highlights how despite fire raging across over 5,000 km in Indonesia, the media “dominated by...

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Brazil: a mining-induced ecological and social disaster – How much longer?

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

On November 5th, one of the largest environmental disasters in the history of Brazil occurred.  Two dams operated by mining company...

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International Civil Society Alarmed by Conviction of Cameroonian Environmental Human Rights Defender

Posted on Nov 11, 2015

November 9, 2015 Oakland, CA—Cameroonian authorities must stop the harassment of Nasako Besingi, environmental human rights defender,...

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Seed laws that criminalize farmers: resistance

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Peasant seeds – the pillar of food production – are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries...

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Honduras: palm plantations and violence under the auspices of the World Bank

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

An article in the newspaper “El País” shows the intense violence experienced by the people of the valley of Bajo Aguán, in...

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Malaysia: Human trafficking and workers’ abuse in palm oil plantations

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

Malaysian palm oil industry, which produces 40 per cent of the world’s palm oil supply, is growing but, according to labourers and...

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Forest peoples and territories: Rights Violations in Acre, Brazil

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

In 2013, the Rapporteur on human rights to the environment (RDHMA, for its Portuguese acronym), from the DhESCA Platform, conducted a...

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Indonesia’s Forest Law criminalizes Indigenous and local communities

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Hundreds of people are detained in Indonesia for having claimed their rights on their land, forests and other resources while resisting...

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Women in logging campsites: muted abuse

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

An investigation focused on the river port of Pucallpa, Ucayali, in the Peruvian Amazon, reveals that women serving in the bars around the...

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Blood Timber: How Europe played a significant role in funding war in Central African Republic

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

In 2013, the Central African Republic was plunged into a conflict that has cost over 5,000 lives and displaced more than a million people....

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Movement update of resistance against POSCO in Odisha, India

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

The protests against the establishment of POSCO’s steel plant in the Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha, India, are determined to continue...

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Why are we in jail? A women’s fight against injustice and domination in India

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

. It was 6am. Me and other women comrades had to get ready for a rally and meeting at 10am to oppose the new Land Acquisition Ordinance...

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Living on the run: devastation of the Ayoreos’ lives and land at the hands of livestock farmers

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Indigenous Ayoreo protesting against inaction of the Government on illegal deforestation. © GAT Paraguay is currently the location of a...

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Stop police brutality, harassment and arrests of oustees of Kanhar Dam Project

Posted on Jul 21, 2015

Aklu Chero, a tribal leader protesting the construction of the dam, was shot at by the police on April 15. (Vipin Kumar/ HT Photos) Since...

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Social Movements Help the United Nations Human Rights Council to Stay the Course on Creating a Binding Treaty for Transnational Corporations

Posted on Jul 14, 2015

Press Release July 10, 2015, Geneva – Dozens of organizations and social movements mobilized this week in Geneva to send a strong...

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What are cars made of? From the Brazilian Amazon to the German automakers

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

A recently released documentary exposing the world’s largest iron ore mining project shows the life of the communities impacted by...

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India: Slavery and child labour in granite quarries

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

India is the second largest exporter of granite, much of which ends up on the European market. The main buyers of granite are the...

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Mining, militarization and criminalization of social protests in Latin America

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

  It’s no news that extractive projects throughout Latin America have imposed a model of extraction and export that reaches ever...

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Testimony of unsustainability: The experience of the International Articulation of those affected by Vale

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Currently, the mining sector is one of the main engines of the world´s economic system. In several countries, expropriation cases from...

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Ghana’s Mining Sector Regime: A Bad Deal for Affected Local Communities

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Meet Nicholas Ennin, a 42-year-old farmer from Etwebo, in the Western Region of Ghana. Around 2003, his farmland and that of over 1000...

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Social Movements support a binding treaty that will create obligations for transnational corporations to respect human rights

Posted on Jul 8, 2015

Press Release, Geneva, JULY 6, 2015 United Nations Human Rights Council: Social Movements support a binding treaty that will create...

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Indonesian Groups Rally Online to Demand Justice for Slain Environmentalist

Posted on Jun 15, 2015

Global Voices online, 12 June 2015.  Friends of Jopi Peranginangin, an Indonesian environmentalist who was stabbed and killed in a bar...

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Defending the right to water in Korea

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Water justice movements in Asia gathered in Daegu, Korea, for the Alternative Forum “Water for all” on April 13-14 in a common struggle...

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Squeezing Africa Dry: behind every land grab there is a water grab

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Food cannot be grown without water. In Africa, one in three people endure water scarcity and climate change makes things worse. Africa’s...

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Brazil: Three indigenous leaders and forest defenders were murdered

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Three indigenous leaders were ambushed by gunmen hired by loggers and landowners, as reported by the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI)....

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The massive loot of water

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

  Each year, fleets of aircraft, ships, trucks and trains, as well as thousands of kilometers of pipelines and ducts are used to...

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Water: stream of life and knowledge

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

  There is a crucial difference when one refers to water as a living element rather than as a “resource”. The Western point of...

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The tree plantation and paper industry pollutes water: Communities in Indonesia affected by APP

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

  People in Indonesia, particularly in the Banten province, on the island of Java, demand that the government enforce the law and...

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Financialisation of water: what is it all about?

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

In the past few years, mechanisms aimed to transform fundamental natural components of commons (biodiversity, land, water, forests and...

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Untold stories of water theft and pollution

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Behind many appealing products in the supermarkets of major urban centers in the world, there are countless silenced stories. Behind the...

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Agro-colonialism in the Congo – European and US development finance is bankrolling a new round of colonialism in the DRC

Posted on Jun 2, 2015

The report is authored by GRAIN and RIAO-RDC in collaboration with Fundación Mundubat, War on Want, Association Française...

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Lives matter most: plantation companies’ abuse on local populations

Posted on May 6, 2015

The opinion article from the Jakarta Post by Abetnego Tarigan, of the Indonesian NGO Walhi, and Iwan Nurdin, of the Agrarian Reform...

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International Women’s Day: Until we are all free!

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

March 8, International Women’s Day, is also the launch date of the World March of Women’s (WMW) Fourth International Action. The World...

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Women’s Struggle: for Food Sovereignty; against violence and agribusiness!

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

The international network of peasants, La Via Campesina, calls for the coordination of actions during the International Women’s Day to...

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Máxima’s story: a peasant woman confronts a powerful mining company in Peru

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Máxima Acuña, a mother of four in the northern Andes of Peru who was never able to learn to read or write, won a lawsuit against the...

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Femicide and Impunity: A humanitarian crisis in Central America, and a growing problem worldwide

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

El Salvador has the highest rate of femicide in the world, Guatemala the third and Honduras the seventh. In Guatemala and Honduras only 2%...

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Women defend mountain lagoons and promote “Living Well”

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

Conga: Lagoons versus mines “I had never been to the lagoons before the marches began and we had to go and defend them. The Elders said...

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URGENT CALL: A farmer and environmental defenders activist murdered by Security Force of PT. WKS, a subsidiary of Asia Pulp and Paper – Sinar Mas Group

Posted on Mar 4, 2015

JAMBI-INDONESIA: A farmer and environmental defenders activist murdered by Security Force of PT. WKS (Wirakarya Sakti), a subsidiary of...

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Cameroon: WWF complicit in tribal people’s abuse

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The NGO Survival International uncovered serious abuses of Baka “Pygmies” in southeast Cameroon, at the hands of anti-poaching squads...

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Peru: The Matsés, last shamans of the Amazon rainforest, fight back against transnational oil company

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The Matsés indigenous people are fighting back to stop Pacific Rubiales Energy, a Canadian oil and gas company, from destroying their...

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Peru: Our Fight, indigenous peoples defending their territories

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

The video from “If Not Us Then Who?” follows the aftermath of the murders of four indigenous leaders and activists, including Edwin...

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Thailand’s New ‘Forestry Master Plan’: Same old strategy dressed up in new clothes

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

    On 31 July 2014, the ‘Forestry Master Plan’ (FMP) was issued by Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command and...

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The green economy, forest peoples and territories: rights violations in the state of Acre

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

Fact-finding and advocacy mission preliminary report, by Cristiane Faustino y Fabrina Furtado Download the preliminary report as pdf...

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Walk to ask for the cessation of the arrests and evictions of forest community member and to stop the Forest Master Plan in Thailand

Posted on Nov 5, 2014

On November 9th, the Northern Peasant Federation of Thailand (NPF) will be leading a walk to ask for the cessation of the arrests and...

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India: Appeal to the government of India and to the UN on Development, Rights & Biodiversity in Forest Communities to protect indigenous rights

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  The government of India has launched, in the name of ‘development’, several processes that remove or dilute legal protection of...

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Fordern Sie Aufklärung der Gewalt gegen CIMI, eine der wichtigsten Unterstützergruppen von Indigenen Völkern in Acre, Brasilien. Acre ist Empfänger von ‘REDD Early Movers’ Geldern

Posted on Oct 17, 2014

    Herrn Minister Gerd Müller  Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)...

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Appeal to denounce violence against CIMI, the indigenous peoples’ support group in Acre, Brazil. Acre is the primary recipient of REDD Early Movers funding

Posted on Oct 17, 2014

Also available in Deutch Minister Dr. Gerd Müller  Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)...

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Carta À Secretaria de Segurança Pública do estado do Acre

Posted on Sep 30, 2014

Only available in Portuguese. Download the full letter as pdf Montevideo, 30 de setembro de 2014 À Secretaria de Segurança Pública do...

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Forum in Honduras denounces impacts of African palm expansion. “They are growing palms everywhere and leaving us without food.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Rapid expansion of African palm cultivation in Honduras has had profound social and environmental consequences for the black, indigenous...

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Demand Justice for the Amazon Indigenous leaders murdered by loggers

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Four leaders of the Ashéninka people of the Peruvian Amazon were murdered by illegal loggers operating on their lands. Among them was...

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Honduras: Criminalization of the Garifuna people defending their territory from the advance of the African palm

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

  In the early 17th century, during the colonial era, shipwrecked Africans reached the Caribbean coast, inhabited by the Kalinagu or...

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Women groups converge in parallel to the Southern Africa Development Community Heads of State Summit (14-18 August)

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Women from all corners of the Southern African region descended on Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, to participate in the People’s Summit. They aimed...

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Petition to stop harassment of a defender of earth and water in Peru: Yes to Water, No to Mining!

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

In Cajamarca, in the northern Peruvian Andes, where the headwaters of the rivers, the forests and páramos should be protected...

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A step further on the path to an international declaration on the rights of peasants

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

On June 27th, the UN Human Rights Council Assembly passed a resolution authorizing the continuation of the process of drafting an...

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Social movements demand access to justice for those affected by human rights violations and ecological crimes committed by corporations!

Posted on Jul 15, 2014

Final statement from the Global Campaign Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity regarding the Week of Mobilization to Stop Corporate...

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La Consulta Inconsulta del Ecuador (Unconsulted Consultation in Ecuador)

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Acción Ecológica (in Spanish, with English subtitles) Neither free, nor prior, nor informed. An independently produced video exposes the...

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Letter to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Letter to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rightsurging it to call on the government of Ecuador to fully comply with the...

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Social movements celebrate historic vote at the United Nations Human Rights Council

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Social movements celebrate historic vote at the United Nations Human Rights Council: UNHRC moves away from voluntary standards and towards...

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Land grabber’s paradise: Cameroonian environmentalist faces trial, while charges against his attackers mysteriously “disappear”

Posted on Jun 17, 2014

Press release by GRAIN | Oakland Institute | World Rainforest Movement Contacts: Nasako Besingi, Struggle to Economize Future Environment...

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Brazil – Discourse of “innovation” contrasts with a reality of life in conditions akin to slavery for workers employed by one of Agropalma´s suppliers

Posted on May 7, 2014

Agropalma started its activities in 1982 and according to its website, has since grown to become “the main producer of palm oil in Latin...

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One of capitalism’s false solutions to its crisis: strengthening patriarchy

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

Today, we watch as the capitalist system undergoes a major restructuring in order to keep the current order of oppression and exploitation...

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Brazil: Sexual exploitation of women and mega-dam construction in the Amazon

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

Although they have succeeded in occupying greater space in society, women continue to suffer oppression, exploitation and violence. In...

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