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Cameroon: Urban and Rural Activists Against Industrial Plantations’ Abuses Towards Women

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

From rapes, forced body searches and searches of private spaces, to the risk of losing their lives: this article calls on us not to be accomplices to the violence women living around tree plantations in Cameroon suffer.

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Indonesia: Exploitation of women and violation of their rights in oil palm plantations

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

The expansion of oil palm plantations in Indonesia has turned women into landless food buyers and cheap labour, with no adequate safety and health protection, for the plantation companies.

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Guatemala and Colombia: Women facing oil palm plantations

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

Contamination of water sources, deplorable working conditions, and sexual blackmail in exchange for work, are some of the kinds of violence against women living in and around oil palm plantations in Guatemala and Colombia.

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Cameroon: Local women besieged by the military, guardians of the palm oil plantations of SOCAPALM

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

A woman from the village of Mbonjo 1, Cameroon, which has witnessed the impact of industrial palm oil plantations and the constant presence of the military, calls for international solidarity and protection of right to life and freedom.

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India: Plantations uproot women from their customary forests

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

India’s programme to compensate for the destruction of forests for development projects is routinely setting up monoculture tree plantations on community commons. Women, who are mostly affected, are at the centre of its resistance.

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Indonesia: Oil palm plantations and their trace of violence against women

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

Women suffer many types of violence committed by oil palm plantations companies’ employers, security forces, police and military, which subsequently reinforce patriarchy and their roles and relations within society in general.

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Agribusiness and environmental injustice: impacts on the health of rural women

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

The organization and sexual division of labor and job insecurity in single crop activities affect the health of female workers and territorial changes derived from this model of production directly affect women.

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Covered under the shade of oil palm companies in Cameroon: A recount of the abuses that women suffer

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

Plantations are increasingly surrounding and engulfing communities. Women must walk through company-occupied lands in order to seek their livelihoods. This, among other things, can cost them their lives.

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Certifying oil palm company Socapalm despite evident abuses

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

The sixth and latest issue of the magazine “Trait d’Union“, a trimestral magazine and liaison of the associations of populations...

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Yakuchaski Warmikuna (Women Messengers of the Rivers)

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

An audiovisual production made in indigenous Shiwiar territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon exposes the reality and resistance of peoples...

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Marching forward: Women, resistance and counter-power:

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

The Transnational Institute’s State of Power 2018 report highlights three interviews with women activists who have displayed incredible...

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The Brazilian Energy Model and Violations of Women’s Rights

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

The Movement of Dam-Affected peoples in Brazil (MAB, by its Portuguese acronym) warns that the construction of dams affects women more...

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No to ProSavana Campaign: Peoples’ Declaration

Posted on Jan 9, 2018

The Third Triangular Conference of the Peoples—organized by the No to ProSavana Campaign—brought together people and organizations...

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Success!!

Posted on Jan 3, 2018

Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity press release: The UN session in New York was...

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Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity Public Statement

Posted on Dec 21, 2017

Attempt at Sabotage in New York: the European Union aims to Eliminate the Financing of the United Nations Intergovernmental Working Group...

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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 right to common

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Enclosures have appropriately been called a revolution of the rich against the poor. (1) Commons are not just a “third way” beyond...

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What does rights of rivers mean?

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In July 2017, on the banks of mighty River Narmada in central India, the sight of people performing rituals on the river bank, fishermen in...

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The Rights of Nature: A balance, 10 years after its constitutional recognition in Ecuador

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

Is it really possible to shift the dominant, colonial, Western paradigm—which sees nature and spaces as resources to be exploited,...

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Corporations as subjects with rights: An architecture of impunity

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

When we speak of rights, we almost always refer to the rights of individuals, peoples, and minorities who are fighting for a dignified,...

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Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights

Posted on Nov 23, 2017

In October, the Inter-governmental Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council met in Geneva to develop an “an...

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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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International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

On 21st of September organisations and individuals around the world give visibility to the countless struggles against the expansion of...

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Meeting report: What is happening to our forests?

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

 From 21-25 November 2016, about 50 people, involved in struggles to defend the territories, forests and livelihoods of forest-dependent...

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Malaysia: Indigenous groups from around the globe discuss anti-dam struggles

Posted on Apr 3, 2017

  In December 2015, indigenous peoples in Sarawak, Malaysia, celebrated a major victory: the state government announced a moratorium and,...

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Southeast Asia: Strengthening resistance beyond boundaries

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

This is the third regional bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement in the past 10 months. The first regional issue (WRM Bulletin 224)...

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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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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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Corporate power over territories and people

Posted on May 9, 2016

The recently launched number of the Nyéléni Newsletter for food sovereignty, highlights the importance of the struggle against the...

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“For a change of paradigm”: Interview with Tom Goldtooth from the Indigenous Environmental Network

Posted on May 9, 2016

What is the Indigenous Environmental Network? The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) was born in 1990 in North America of hope,...

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Colombia: Women as Seeds of Mobilization and Resistance

Posted on May 9, 2016

If they touch our blood, they touch the earth If they touch the earth, they touch our blood Motto of the Women of the Xinka Peoples...

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Mundemba declaration and statement of solidarity

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

Women, communities say NO to the expansion of oil palm plantations and industrial palm oil Each year on 17 April, peasants and food...

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Statement of solidarity with the communities of Ndian Division, Southwest Region of Cameroon

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

We are 40 participants who have united in Mundemba, Cameroon, for an international workshop on the tactics and strategies of oil palm...

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Mundemba Declaration: Women and the expansion of oil palm plantations and industrial palm oil

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

Women resist industrial palm oil (Photo: JVE-Cameroun) Considering that the aspiration to human dignity is a common ideal for humankind,...

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We Denounce and Resist the Green Economy’s Impacts on Women and Forests

Posted on Mar 30, 2016

Declaration by the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), March 2016 To Berta Cáceres and the Lenca People, the struggle continues! In March,...

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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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Resisting Militarism – World March of Women | 8th March, 2016

Posted on Mar 9, 2016

Dear sisters, friends, activists and fellow fighters, In recent days, the world has been getting ready to celebrate the 8thof March,...

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Defending the commons: news from the Nyeli movement

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

Nyeli, a platform for the international movement for food sovereignty, launched a new issue of its newsletter last December. This time...

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International Rights of Nature Tribunal offers Earth-driven, not market-driven, solutions to climate change

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

The third International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature took place in Paris in parallel to the UN climate talks. Basing its judgements on...

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Peoples Mobilisation to dismantle the Architecture of Impunity and Corporate Capture

Posted on Dec 1, 2015

Join us in the Peoples Mobilisation to dismantle the Architecture of Impunity and the Corporate Capture of the United Nations Conference...

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La Via Campesina: Call to Action for UN climate talks in Paris

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

Climate disruptions cause widespread hunger, migration and the worsening of living conditions for millions of rural families, especially...

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REDD Alert! How REDD+ projects undermine peasant farming and real solutions to climate change

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

Agriculture is increasingly being discussed at high level forums on climate change that promote different programmes which they claim will...

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Territories and food sovereignty: Where the struggles of peasants and forest communities converge

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

This issue of the WRM Bulletin is co-produced with GRAIN. GRAIN works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for...

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Plantations are not forests!

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

In September 2015, the UN Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) will held the World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, on the...

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Organizations protest against the XIV FAO World Forestry Congress

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

On the occasion of the XIV World Forestry Congress, organized by the FAO in Durban, South Africa, between 7 and 11 September, we, members...

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Call to Action to reject REDD and extractive industries

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Once again, the world’s governments will meet at the end of this year within the United Nations convention framework to supposedly...

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To reject REDD+ and extractive industries to confront capitalism and defend life and territories

Posted on Jul 30, 2015

Due to the UN climate negotiations -COP20- and the Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change, held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014, over 100...

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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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Yes to Life, No to Mining!

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Conceived in 2012 by a group of individuals, organisations and networks, the “Yes to Life, No to Mining” movement is committed to take...

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Oilwatch Africa: “We Will Not Eat Crude Oil”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

Members of Oilwatch Africa network met in Lome, Togo, on 9 June 2015, to discuss the implications of the world’s dependence on fossil...

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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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Latin America and EU Trade relationships – Animated video

Posted on Jun 9, 2015

de EU Latin America. This video explains how a trade relationship – mainly based on the extraction of raw materials – is...

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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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Dakar to Tunis: Declaration against water and land grabbing

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

The Africa Social Forum that took place in Dakar in October 2014 released the Declaration against Water and Land grabbing, which affirms...

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International Forum on Agroecology brings common understanding

Posted on May 6, 2015

More than 200 people took part in the Forum, held in Nyéléni, Mali, from February 23 to 27, to develop joint strategies to promote...

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To reject REDD+ and extractive industries to confront capitalism and defend life and territories

Posted on Apr 19, 2015

Due to the UN climate negotiations -COP20- and the Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change, held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014, over 100...

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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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Ideas for the political thought of La Via Campesina in the Amazon

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

The coordinating team of La Via Campesina in the state of Pará, Brazil, has compiled in a book the political struggles waged over time in...

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“Energy Alternatives, Surveying the Territory”

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

This report from the organization Corner House explores the question “What’s the alternative to current energy systems?” in a context...

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Mapping popular alternative proposals of envisioning infrastructure

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The NGO network ECA Watch is mapping social movements’ alternative proposals to the large-scale infrastructure projects, including water,...

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Declaration of the People’s Summit on Climate Change, Lima, Peru

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The People’s Summit on Climate Change was held December 8-11 in opposition to the false solutions being discussed at the UN climate...

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Environmental and Social Justice Photography contest

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The Critical Information Collective is launching a new annual environmental and social justice photography competition, which will be open...

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An alternative to “alternatives”

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

There’s an old joke in the US about a public prosecutor who starts to build a case against the Mafia in her city. One day she...

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Indian Forest Struggles: the quest for alternatives

Posted on Dec 20, 2014

The world over, social movements resisting the neo-liberal aggression on nature and on the various forms of common property regimes, have...

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The complex debate about alternatives

Posted on Dec 20, 2014

This last World Rainforest Movement bulletin of the year 2014 focuses on an issue that is somehow present in all of the local struggles...

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Gendering Peasant Movements, Gendering Food Sovereignty

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

A problem peasant women face is invisibility in the feminist and women’s movements. A second problem is the weakness with which the food...

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News from the 20th Conference of the Parties of the CCC – Lima

Posted on Dec 8, 2014

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force in 1994, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas...

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Organization and mobilization against the corporate takeover of the climate summit convened by Ban Ki-moon in New York City

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

More than 330 international organizations, social movements and networks are publicly denouncing the corporate takeover of the climate...

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10th Anniversary of the International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Plantations

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Dismantle the power of transnational plantation corporations! There is no “smart monoculture”: Support the People’s Climate...

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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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“NO to ProSavana” Campaign in Southern Africa

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The Mozambique Union of Farmers, UNAC, a member of La Via Campesina, stressed during the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)...

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Southern Africa Development Community People’s Summit Declaration: “We reject externally driven false solutions to climate change such as REDD+”

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The NO REDD in Africa! Network (NRAN) took part in the 2014 SADC People’s Summit in Bulawayo City, Zimbabwe. The summit’s final...

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Caravan for climate justice, gender and food sovereignty across Bangladesh, India and Nepal,

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Peasant organizations and members of La Via Campesina from Bangladesh, India and Nepal invite people to join an 18-day Caravan (10-28...

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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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Groups globally mobilize to stop commercial release of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees in Brazil and US

Posted on Aug 20, 2014

For Immediate Release, 20 August 2014 New York – Two unprecedented applications are pending that, if approved, would allow the...

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Manifesto of the women of CLOC-VíaCampesina Peru from the First National Conference of Women for Climate Justice in Defense of Mother Earth, toward COP20

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

In the global level, we energetically reject “false solutions” to global warming. Climate negotiations have become a great...

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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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The social pre-summiton climate in Venezuela rejected the false solutions to climate change

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela called on movements and social organizations from around the globe to gather in the Margarita Island,...

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The Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PTT) was held with social movement from all over the world and the Peoples’ Treaty on Transnational Corporations (TNCs) was launched

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

The Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PTT) was held with social movement from all over the world and the Peoples’ Treaty on Transnational...

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Cameroon: Call to action against Herakles Farms

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

In a context of massive land concessions in Cameroon over the last five years, apresidential decision in 2013 to grant the US based company...

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International Anti-Chevron Day

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

To mark International Anti-Chevron Day on May 21, the Union of People Affected by Chevron‐Texaco’s Oil Operations (Ecuador); the...

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Alliance for the Food Sovereignty of the Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The Fourth Special Conference of Social Movements of Latin America and the Caribbean for Food Sovereignty was held on May 2 and 3, 2014,...

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The expansion of industrial oil palm plantations in Africa: A call for greater solidarity and action 

Posted on May 7, 2014

In late 2013, a group of representatives of African, Indonesian and international NGOs met with members of La Via Campesina and the...

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International Day in Defense of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Seeds

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

The women and men farmers and peasants belonging to the Via Campesina, are calling for this April 17th to be a global day of action and...

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International campaign to define forests for their true meaning

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

La Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International, Focus on the Global South, the World Rainforest Movement and more than than 120...

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Environmental Justice Atlas

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

Environmental Justice Atlas, by EJOLT, a large EU project bringing science and society together to catalogue ecological distribution...

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International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams – 2014

Posted on Mar 13, 2014

March 14 is the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams. Every year, thousands of people around the world lift their voices...

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International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams – 2014

Posted on Mar 13, 2014

March 14 is the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams. Every year, thousands of people around the world lift their voices...

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New investigative and critical website on French transnational corporations – Multinationals Observatory

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Online resources and in-depth investigations on the social, ecological and political impact of French transnational corporations. See...

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The struggle for rights and the importance of mobilizing and social struggles

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Significant advances have been made in recent decades in the struggle for rights at the international level. Numerous countries now...

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Leyes, políticas y economía verde al servicio del despojo de los pueblos

Posted on Jan 20, 2014

Only available in Spanish. The Alianza Biodiversidad, Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (ATALC) and World Rainforest...

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Demands increase for international mechanisms to punish transnational corporations’ crimes

Posted on Dec 4, 2013

International Peoples Treaty: “Defending peoples’ rights against corporate power”.  For immediate release – 3...

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African groups demand Obama stop pushing dirty energy through Power Africa

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

On November 2013, coinciding with the UN climate conference in Warsaw, 75 African groups from 18 countries sent a letter to President...

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Calabar Declaration

Posted on Nov 18, 2013

   Also available in French We, members of communities affected by industrial monoculture oil palm plantations, including peasant...

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Maputo Statement: No REDD in Africa Network Declaration on REDD

Posted on Sep 21, 2013

The NO REDD in Africa Network gathered here in Maputo Mozambique, on 26 August 2013 during the occasion of an international workshop on...

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