A Just Transition is Needed Now*

By Bobby Peek, groundWork - Friends of the Earth South Africa

Dear President Cyril Ramaphosa This is the last action I am undertaking before groundWork closes for 2018. groundWork believes a Just Transition is urgently needed and that you need to be at the forefront of this as leader of the country to prevent a transition that will cripple South Africa  … Read more

No evidence

Mapuche lonko Facundo Jones Huala was sentenced to 9 years in prison for a 2013 fire.

In an abbreviated procedure, which lasted two weeks, on December 14 lonko Facundo Jones Huala, a Mapuche authority of the Pu Lof from Cushamen, was convicted by the Chilean justice system for the crimes of arson and illegal possession of a firearm. A week later, Judge Francisco Olate of the  … Read more

An encouraging contribution

Land management and food production practices of traditional communities in Latin America

The publication “Manejo comunitario del territorio y soberanía alimentaria” (Community management of territory and food sovereignty) of Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (ATALC) is a “hopeful contribution against the model of death that is being imposed in our territories,” said Mexican environmentalist Claudia Ramos. The report,  … Read more

A dam imposed by blood

Guatemala: Two defenders of the land who fought against the building of hydroelectric plants in the Pojom River were murdered.

The Council of Wuxhtaj Peoples and the Council of the Mayan People (CPO), which are part of the Movement of People Affected by Dams in Latin America (MAR), denounced the murder on December 16th of the brothers Nery Esteban Pedro and Domingo Esteban Pedro, from the Bella Linda community, a  … Read more

“Peasant Rights are Human Rights”

UN General Assembly approves the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants

With 121 votes in favor, 8 negative and 54 abstentions, the General Assembly of the United Nations approved on Monday, December 17, in a historic event, the Declaration of Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas. Now the focus will be on the implementation of this Declaration  … Read more

“A great step forward for all humanity”

Meaning and projection of the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants, by Diego Montón

“A great step forward for all humanity” Meaning and projection of the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants, by Diego Montón The adoption by a very large majority of the United Nations General Assembly of the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas represents  … Read more

Real World Radio Europe #19

#RefugeesWelcome - Speaking up for refugees in Croatia (and elsewhere)

Voices of solidarity with refugees have recently been drowned out by hate speech or even systematically silence. This happened in the Balkans, where hundreds of thousands of people in need have arrived, but also in the rest of Europe. Now is the moment for us to be louder! Marija from  … Read more

Mozambican journalist detained

Statement by Justiça Ambiental - Friends of the Earth Mozambique

We have just heard that Mozambican journalist Estacio Valoi and 2 foreign journalists have been detained in Palma, Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique. This happened on the morning on 17 December 2018, by the Forças Armadas de Defesa de Moçambique (Defense Forces of Mozambique). The journalists had permission from the local and provincial authorities  … Read more

HATE UNLEASHED

Two landless leaders brutally murdered in Paraiba, North-East Brazil

On December 8th, two peasant leaders of the Landless Rural Workers Movement of Brazil were shot to death by hooded man while they were having dinner at their campsite “Don José María Pires”, in Paraíba State. This clearly reflects a “hate speech” which has been specially targeting Brazilian popular organizations.  … Read more

Advances against gene drives

Convention on Biological Diversity: We need to consult communities about gene drives and assess the risks of the technology

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity urged the governments on November 29th to conduct strict risk assessments and consult indigenous people and other local communities before releasing organisms into the environment with “exterminator technology” such as gene drives. The decision to consult the people about this dangerous genetic modification of  … Read more