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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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A grandmother standing up to mining and logging companies in the Solomon Islands

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

When mining and logging companies come to villages asking for resource rights, how can communities make an informed decision without truly...

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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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In defence of life in the Amazon, humanity and the planet

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Leaders of indigenous peoples of the Brazilian Amazon participating in the World Social Forum on Biodiversity held in Manaus, Brazil in...

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Nigeria: Tales of Grabland

Posted on Feb 27, 2015

A documentary from “Land Justice for West Africa” shows how Ogoni communities, already affected severely by the oil industry in the...

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Papua-Wide meeting calls for 10 year Moratorium on Plantation and Forestry Industries

Posted on Feb 24, 2015

Representatives of indigenous communities, environmentalists and human rights defenders from all over West Papua met in Jayapura (4th-7th...

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“This Land is for All of We”: A Rama community in Bangkukuk, Nicaragua, speaks out about the Grand Canal Project

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

For centuries, the Rama people have lived on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. In June of 2013, the Nicaraguan government signed an...

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Ecuador: Chevron-Texaco to pay for the devastation it caused in the Amazon

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

The Union for Those Affected by Texaco Operations (UDAPT) has been fighting for more than 20 years to force Chevron-Texaco to pay for the...

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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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Legal action in defence of the rights of nature of the Tangabana páramo

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The Ecuadorian environmental defence organization YASunidos has joined with Acción Ecológica and the indigenous pastorate of Chimborazo...

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Women fighting against extractive industries

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

During the UN climate negotiations in Lima, the World March of Women expressed its active solidarity with Máxima Acuña, who is facing...

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How the industrial food system contributes to the climate crisis

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The non-profit organization GRAIN has released an educational pamphlet that clearly demonstrates the fundamental role of the industrial...

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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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REDD: A Gallery of Conflicts, Contradictions and Lies

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

This publication summarizes the problems identified in 14 REDD projects based on published field reports. All of the cases reveal a series...

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‘Blue Carbon’ and ‘Blue REDD’: Transforming coastal ecosystems into merchandise

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

This briefing addresses the promotion of ‘Blue Carbon’ initiatives, also known as ‘Blue REDD’, a new trend focused on trading the...

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REDD moves from forests to landscapes: More of the same, just bigger and with bigger risk to cause harm

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

This publication addresses a new version of REDD, known as ‘Landscape REDD’, which is just as much of a false solution to climate...

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India: Struggles against POSCO’s steel plant in Odisha are determined to continue until company withdraws

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  On 20th September 2014, villagers of Dhinkia made unanimous resolution in their local council not to use their forested lands for...

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Malaysia: Asian Development Bank Urged to Shelve Loan For Power Grid in Sarawak

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Environmental and human rights groups from Malaysia and abroad are calling on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to stop a proposal...

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Anglo-American in Brazil: another case of public hearings legitimizing destructive corporate projects

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Increasingly in many countries, the instrument of ‘public hearings’ further serves to legitimatise corporate projects with...

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Ecuador: Statement of the women’s gathering against extractivism and climate change

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

The group “Critical views of the territory from the feminism” participated in the gathering with dynamics, body mapping and sharing...

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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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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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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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Stop GE Trees campaign urged FSC to keep GE trees out!

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

The WRM has for a long time denounced how the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wrongly certified millions of hectares of monoculture tree...

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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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Grassroots organizations in France alert the participants of the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Safety and Nutrition organized by FAO

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Confédération Paysanne, the French chapter of La Vía Campesina, Friends of the Earth France, and others, reaffirm that peasant...

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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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Sixth National Conference on Páramos and High Mountains, Water for Life!, Colombia,

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Friends of the Earth Colombia, CENSAT Agua Viva, is making available to the public three promotional audios for the Conference on Páramos...

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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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Final statement from the Global Campaign Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

Regarding the week of mobilization to stop corporate crimes and impunity, social movements demand access to justice for those affected by...

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July 26: International Day for the Defense of Mangrove Ecosystems

Posted on Aug 5, 2014

Mangrove peoples and communities have a close bond with mangroves, fishing and the seas. Mangroves and the seas are wholly interconnected...

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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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“There will be no going back from the climate chaos if we don’t halt polluting corporations and change the system”

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

The climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany (4-15 June) evidenced once again that climate change negotiations are being dominated by...

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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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HidroAysén project rejected by ministerial committee due to strong social pressure

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Mapuexpress (in Spanish) After more than five years of hard-fought struggle against the HidroAysén energy mega-project, which would have...

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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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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 call to stop the spread of transgenes

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

A broad coalition of organisations has launched an international call to request that the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity...

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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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India: Evicted for “tiger conservation”

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

With similar arguments as people in conservation areas who have been evicted for REDD, like the Sengwer case in Kenya...

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Victory over Malaysian land grabbers in Papua New Guinea

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The people of Collingwood Bay in Papua New Guinea have won back their land from Malaysian loggers and oil palm companies after a hard...

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Movement of People Affected by Dams in Brazil denounces violations, proposes solutions

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) in the Madeira River region, made up by hundreds of rural and urban workers, farmers,...

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Carta de Macapá de los pueblos libres de la Panamazonia

Posted on Jun 9, 2014

Only available in Spanish. Entre los días 28 y 31 de mayo de 2014, en la ciudad de Macapá, Brasil, los pueblos de la región amazónica...

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Nigeria: Stop Corporate Land Bazaar in Edo State!

Posted on May 7, 2014

Okomu Oil Palm Plc, the Dangote Group and United Food Industries Ltd representing Indonesia’s Salim Group are to benefit from plans...

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Mexico, Lacandon Rainforest: Montes Azules REDDeldía Movement

Posted on May 7, 2014

In the ejido (communal landholding) of Pichucalco, Montes Azules Biosphere, in the Lacandon Rainforest, delegates from the Montes Azules...

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Protestors denounce pact to transform rural region of Brazil into a “eucalyptus desert”

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

On March 8, 2014, peasant farmers from organizations including the MPA, MST, MMC, Quilombolas, the Union of Rural Workers of Mucuri and...

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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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Nigeria: social coalition demands amendment to PIB as a way of restoring transparency and accountability in the petroleum sector

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

In Nigeria, a coalition of social and environmental justice organisations including Environmental Rights Watch/Friends of the Earth...

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Support the struggle of the Tupinambá in Bahia, Brazil for the demarcation of their lands and against militarization!

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Once again we are calling for your support for the legitimate struggle of the Tupinambá indigenous people of the state of Bahia,...

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The Austrian company Andritz received the blame and shame award “Eyesore of the year 2013” for its involvement in disastrous mega-projects

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

The “eyesore of the year” award is given by the Network Social Responsibility (NeSoVe) – a network of NGOs and workers’...

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Kenya: Appeal against forced eviction from Embobut Forest

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

Some 6000-7000 indigenous people and other communities in Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills of the ElgeyoMarakwet County, in Kenya,...

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Indonesia: Palm oil company PT Kallista Alam sentenced to multi-million-dollar fine for burning forests

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

    A court in the province of Aceh, Sumatra has found palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning forested...

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Honduras: COPINH achieves partial victory against hydroelectric dam project

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

In October 2013, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) denounced the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam...

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Sued for protesting against Wilmar’s refined destruction

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Eight activists of Robin Wood, a grassroots group in Germany, were sued in October 2013 for taking part in a peaceful demonstration to...

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Say no to corporate power grab: Reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a highly secretive and expansive free trade agreement between the United States and twelve Pacific...

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Indonesia: Action on Customary Forests

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

On 16 May, 2013, the Indonesian Constitutional Court issued a decision confirming that Customary Forests are forests located in Indigenous...

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Remembering Laotian community activist Sombath Somphone one year after his disappearance

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Sombath Somphone, perhaps the Lao PDR’s most prominent community development activist and founder of the Participatory Development...

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Women of the Amazon defend the rainforest from the dangers of oil drilling

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

  A group of indigenous women from the Amazon region succeeded in meeting with the president of Ecuador and members of the Ecuadorian...

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Actions in Africa against dirty energy – Calabar Declaration against the expansion of oil palm monocultures

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

The No REDD in Africa Network (NRAN) initiated the “Week of Action Against False Solutions”, from October 28 to November 4. The action,...

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Ecuador: Demand for a popular consultation on Yasuní

Posted on Dec 3, 2013

In response to the government’s decision to abandon the initiative to leave the oil in the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) block...

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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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Brazil: The double role of Norway in conserving and destroying the Amazon

Posted on Aug 20, 2013

Norway is a major donor of the Amazon Fund, the Brazilian Development Bank’s fund that receives donations from governments, multilateral...

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Activities in Ecuador on the International Day for the Defence of Mangrove Ecosystems

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

The Martín Pescador Centre, devoted to the marketing of products and the revaluation of the culture of the ancestral peoples of the...

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Mangroves, food sovereignty for coastal communities

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

Mangroves, food sovereignty for coastal communities was the theme chosen this year for the International Day for the Defence of Mangrove...

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Stop the Conversion of Mangrove Forests, Local Initiatives Support Save the Mangrove Forest

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

The People’s Coalition for Fisheries Justice Indonesia (KIARA) celebrated the World Mangrove Day issuing a press release where it...

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Oil palm: 12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm monocultures plantations

Posted on Jun 30, 2013

Focusing on the claims made by the oil palm industry to “sell” their industrial plantations, the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) has...

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Brazil: Threat of monoculture eucalyptus plantation expansion in the Northeast

Posted on May 30, 2013

The Araripe Plateau, as an elevated region, plays a key role in maintaining the local microclimate and in the region’s water cycle. It...

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Vietnamese land grabs in Cambodia and Laos for rubber plantations: secrecy, destruction and violence

Posted on May 30, 2013

The characteristics of natural rubber make it a competitive material for industrial and medical uses, but products related to...

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Guatemala: Oil palm plantations cause new displacement of rural communities

Posted on May 30, 2013

Industrial monoculture oil palm plantations have expanded significantly in Guatemala in recent years. One of the areas that has seen the...

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Sierra Leone: large scale land acquisition for oil palm business in Pujehun district

Posted on May 30, 2013

A few corporations will concentrate control of more than 75% of the arable land in the Pujehun district for large-scale industrial...

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No REDD in Africa Network launched at the World Social Forum

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

Outraged by the rampant land grabs and neocolonialism of REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest degradation), Africans at...

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Brazilian Amazon: Military incursion in the territory of the Munduruku people for construction of mega dam

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

The Eastern Amazon Forum (FAOR) of Brazil issued a public statement in April in support of the Munduruku indigenous people, in response to...

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Opposition to mining in Guatemala leads to repression and death

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

On March 17, several indigenous community leaders from the village of Montaña de Santa María Xalapán, located in southeastern Guatemala...

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Converting coal plans to burn biomass only replaces one disaster with another

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

The big coal burning utilities in the UK and elsewhere are trying to get around new EU sulphur dioxide regulations that would otherwise...

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River in Guatemala “grabbed” by oil palm and sugar cane plantation owners

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

In Champerico, Guatemala, the Bolas River had completely disappeared, after it was diverted and dammed to provide water for oil palm and...

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Brazil: Unlimited strike in Veracel

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

Since last March 18, workers of the pulp mill Veracel, a company equally the Swedish-Finnish Stora Enso and Fibria of Brazil, started an...

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NGOs filed a complaint to United Nations against Stora Enso’s human rights violations in China

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

A group of eleven Finnish and international NGOs has filed a complaint to the UN Human Rights Council about human rights violations in...

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Philippines: campaign against oil palm expansion

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

ALDAW has just launched a massive campaign against oil palm expansion. A petition launched through care.org is addressed to the National...

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Oil palm company Wilmar considered to be responsible for tropical deforestation

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), one of the world’s biggest investors in the palm oil industry, has found that the...

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Malaysia: Penan indigenous peoples threatened by logging and mega dam

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

The native customary land of Penan villagers in Sungai Patah, Baram is now confronted by a double threat coming from the attempt of a...

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Denounces of racial intolerance and discrimination in UN-REDD

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

On 27 February 2013, Panama’s Indigenous Peoples Coordinating Body, COONAPIP, withdrew from the UN-REDD process in Panama. In a letter...

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Colombia: Taking action against mega dams – we are all affected!

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

On 14 March 2013, the Colombian organization Movimiento Ríos Vivos marked the International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers,...

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Climate activists released from lawsuit by energy company EDF

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

French energy company EDF has dropped their civil lawsuit against a group of UK campaigners involved in the No Dash for Gas group who...

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Peru and Brazil: Matsés indigenous peoples against oil industry activity

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

Gathered at a fourth binational meeting, representatives of the Matsés indigenous peoples’ from Brazil and Peru expressed their...

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Canada: aboriginal movement threatens miners

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

The aboriginal grass-roots movement Idle No More cut off access to the gold-copper-zinc mine of HudBay Minerals Inc, a Toronto-based...

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US agency aware of potential impacts of GE trees

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

The US Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it is voluntarily preparing an Environmental...

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Philippines: Rally for the revocation of Philippine Mining Act

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

A rally of indigenous groups demanding the revocation of the law marked the 18th year of the Philippine Mining Act . The groups declared...

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Nigeria: Dutch court condemns Shell – but more justice is needed!

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

On January 30, a Dutch court ruled that the Anglo-Dutch transnational corporation Shell is responsible for polluting the Niger delta,...

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India: Steel-making POSCO strikes again

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

On 3 February 2013, at around 4 am, twelve police platoons entered Govindpur and Nuagaon villages in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa...

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Your urgent support requested: help release peasants and an activist of Walhi persecuted and arrested in Indonesia

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

On January 29, 2013, at about 4:30pm, a protest of peasants was violently repressed in South Sumatra by the Regional Police. About 25...

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Mapuche conflict in Chile: The need for dialogue to address historic demands

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Since 1881, the Chilean state has attempted to “Chileanize” the Mapuche indigenous people, maintaining them in a state of permanent...

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Activist Sombath Somphone disappeared in Laos

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Sombath Somphone, a farmer, scholar, scientist and community developer as well as a well-known activist in land issues and against...

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