“Duque´s administration has no political will to comply with the Peace Accords”

Vía Campesina´s 3rd Solidarity Mission to Colombia to verify implementation of Accords between FARC and the government

Vía Campesina´s 3rd Solidarity Mission will take place from March 29 to April 2 in three Colombian regions: Cauca, Tolima and Sumapaz. Nury Martínez, member of the Agricultural National Union Federation (FENSUAGRO) and the Political Coordination of La Vía Campesina South America, shared details about the Mission with Real World  … Read more

Mozambique after cyclone IDAI: “People know this is climate chaos”

Opinion of Anabela Lemos - Director JA! Friends Of Earth Moçambique

Our people are dying due to intensified weather events, like cyclone IDAI that hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on March 14th, and the precedent and related flooding in the rivers of the region, causing utter devastation and suffering. We know that, in Mozambique, we are on the front line of  … Read more

A trip through Sri Lanka: an account of the environmental situation in this country

Interview with the Executive Director of the Centre for Environmental Justice – Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka

Plastic pollution in Sri Lanka, a current issue at world level in environmental terms, and a study that reports about the presence of high levels of mercury in the local population where there is a Chinese-built coal-fired power station, are some of the issues Sri Lankan activist, Hemantha Withanage, made  … Read more

“Water fosters mobilizations against looting”

Interview with Diego Martínez, compiler of report Public Policy and Fundamental Right to Water in Latin America and the Caribbean

Water is more than a basic need: it is a right. In the struggle for this recognition there are many communities facing governments and corporations that attempt to take away this common good from them. Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (ATALC) published at the end of 2018  … Read more

Plantations are not forests

“The FAO, with its unfortunate definition of forests, needs to be educated” - Interview with Teresa Pérez (WRM)

March 21 marks the International Day of Forests. This date was chosen by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in order to raise awareness about the importance of forests. This year, the theme is “Forests and Education”. However, for the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) the first  … Read more

Malaysian Court rules in favor of activist accused of defamation by transnational mining company

Interview with the human rights defender who won her defamation suit and one of the lawyers of the case

The Federal Court, the highest court of Malaysia, unanimously dismissed an appeal filed by Raub Australian Gold Mining (RAGM), a gold mining company that had sued activist Sherly Hue for defamation. Hue is part of the resistance against the company´s operations in Bukit Koman, Pahang State. The Court´s decision issued  … Read more

Outrage over assassination of Sergio Rojas in Costa Rica

“This is a political crime and the State is responsible for its lack of action and failure to protect defenders”: COECOCEIBA

On March 18th, Sergio Rojas, a Bribri indigenous leader, was murdered after being shot 15 times in Yeri, Salitre area, in southern Costa Rica. As a member of the National Coordination of the National Front of Indigenous Peoples (FRENAPI), Rojas fought for the restitution of ancestral lands and the conservation  … Read more

Life cannot be dammed

FoEI: “The fight against hydroelectric dams is part of our global fight for Climate Justice and to Save Our Rivers”

March 14th marks the International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers. Mobilizations around the world denounced the socioenvironmental impacts of these construction works that operate in hydroelectric and mining projects. The Climate Justice and Energy Program of Friends of the Earth International expressed its solidarity with the communities  … Read more

GACKO THERMAL POWER PLANT SICKENS AND KILLS

Friends of the Earth Bosnia and Herzegovina denounced Gacko thermal power plant caused 158 deaths in one year

The thermal power plant located in Gacko municipality has caused multiple human health problems since it was built in 1983. It is the second biggest polluter in the Western Balkans due to its emission of fine particles (PM10). In 2016 alone it caused 158 deaths, 331 cases of bronchitis in children and  … Read more

Military police officers arrested for murder of Marielle Franco

They were detained in Rio two days before the anniversary of the murder - The masterminds have not been found yet

Retired military police officer Ronnie Lessa (48) and former military police Élcio Vieira de Queiroz (46) were arrested in the early morning of March 12, accused of being the ones who executed Marielle Franco, councilwoman of PSOL Party and her driver, Anderson Gomes, almost a year ago. The arrest was  … Read more