Interviews


On the way to COP25: It’s not only a climate crisis, our present and future are at stake

“We need to ensure that the transition doesn't leave anybody behind”, said dipti bhatnagar from Friends of the Earth International

The Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change—also known as COP25,—takes place from 2 to 13 December, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. The COP was originally scheduled to take place in Santiago, Chile. But, when the announcement of more neoliberal economic and social measures sparked popular protests amounting to a “social  … Read more

10th anniversary of the murder of Mariano Abarca: the pain continues

Otros Mundos, ATALC and 30 other organizations award MODEVITE with Environmental Defense Award in Chiapas

November 27, 2019, marked the 10th anniversary of the murder of Mariano Abarca Roblero, environmental activist who defended human rights and the rights of nature in Chicomuselo municipality, Chiapas, Mexico, by denouncing the socioenvironmental effects caused by Canadian mining corporation Blackfire Exploration, involved in the crime. Since then, the relatives  … Read more

“We are willing to give our lives if necessary to bring democracy back”

Interview with the National Coordinator of the Bolivian Landless Movement

“Neither bullets nor repression will silence the indigenous peasant movement” stated the National Coordinator of the Landless Indigenous Peasant Workers Movement of Bolivia (MST-B), Silvestre Saisari. “We have gone back to the times of the Inquisition, when they colonized you with the Bible and swords”, he added. Real World Radio  … Read more

Lula da Silva freed

Former Brazilian President was released on Friday

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva addressed supporters on Saturday in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Sao Paulo State, after being released from the Federal Police Headquarters in Curitiba city, where he was a political prisoner for 580 days. His public address was held at the headquarters of the  … Read more

Justice for Golfrid

Friends of the Earth International demands justice for death of WALHI member and calls organizations to deliver solidarity letter

Golfrid Siregar, member of the legal advocacy team of WALHI North Sumatra was found unconscious on the side of a road on October 3, at around 1 am. He had suffered major head injuries, though the rest of his body remained relatively uninjured. After three days at the hospital, his  … Read more

New report reveals scandalous fossil fuel industry lobby at European Union

Organizations launch campaign to exclude corporate interests from influencing the policies of the European bloc

Oil and gas giants BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and Total, and their lobby groups, have invested 251 million euros since 2010 to influence the European Union, warns a new study by several European organizations. The research reveals that these five transnational corporations and their lobby groups currently employ 200 lobbyists  … Read more

Historic legal action against Total in France for operations in Uganda

First time a legal action is brought under France’s new duty of vigilance law against human rights abuses in any country

Four organizations from Uganda and two from France filed a lawsuit against oil giant Total in French court on Wednesday,  accusing the company of not taking the necessary measures to respect human rights and the environment in its oil megaproject in Uganda. To make way for exploratory works for oil  … Read more

A step closer to agroecology

For the first time, the CFS includes a civil society demand in its agenda: agroecology as the answer to global hunger

During the 46th session of the UN Committee on World Food Security (14-18 October in Rome, Italy) discussions were held about the state of food security and nutrition across the planet. Proposals were in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals agenda, notably Goal 2 for Zero Hunger. This multilateral  … Read more

Ghana government sued over GMO commercialization

Interview with Edwin Baffour, member of Food Sovereignty Ghana, on why they are suing the government of Ghana

Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) is suing the government over the commercialization of GM cowpeas and GM rice for safety issues of concern for the organization, although commercial distribution has not been approved yet. Edwin Baffour, Director of Communications of FSG, explained to RWR why they are suing the government: “Right now  … Read more

Hard blow for communities suffering human rights violations at global level

International Law expert warns about negative aspects of new draft of the UN Treaty on transnational corporations and human rights

“The attempts to establish the supremacy of human rights over corporate logic are not covered in the entire text of the Draft 1”, warned Brazilian expert Manoela Roland about the new document presented by the Ecuadorian Chair in UN negotiations for a legally binding treaty on transnational corporations and human  … Read more