Interviews


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

Vale ordered to pay compensation for Brumadinho

Minas Gerais court ruled mining company Vale has to pay compensation for damage caused after collapse of tailings dam.

The order was issued on July 9 by Judge Elton Pupo Nogueira, member of the Minas Gerais Justice Tribunal. While the amount to be paid by the company has not been defined yet, the court has blocked Vale´s assets for 3 billion dollars and commissioned an independent technical investigation to  … Read more

Land Rights Revolution in Liberia

The African country passed bill which would give land rights to 80 per cent of the population

After many months of debate and with a strong support from the public opinion, the Liberian government passed the Land Rights Act in September, 2018, which officially recognizes the rights of local communities over their productive lands, without the need of long entitlement proceedings. With this huge step, Liberia could  … Read more

Concern over potential authorization of GM wheat in Uruguay

Transgenic event HB4-PAT was already rejected in Brazil and Argentina despite pressure exerted by biotechnology companies

As the National Biosafety System and the National Seeds Institute (INASE) of Uruguay announced they will carry out a public consultation to authorize transgenic wheat event HB4-PAT for research and cultivation assays, environmental organizations such as REDES – Friends of the Earth Uruguay and the National Native Seed Network expressed  … Read more

60 years after the agrarian reform in Cuba

Interview with Rafael Santiesteban, head of ANAP. Currently, over 400,000 peasants produce food for the whole island

The communications team of the 8th Continental Congress of the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC-La Vía Campesina) interviewed Rafael Santiesteban, head of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP), present at the Congress. The event took place on June 28 in El Laguito, in Havana, Cuba. Santiesteban reflected  … Read more

European Union – Mercosur Agreement “will weaken” regional integration

After over 20 years of negotiations, Mercosur and the EU are closer than ever of signing a free trade agreement

This week there was a new round of negotiations and in light of the potentially imminent conclusion of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between Mercosur and the European Union, social movements and organizations gathered in the Continental Day for Democracy and against Neoliberalism expressed their rejection to the agreement  … Read more

Argentina: Supreme Court upholds Glacier Protection Law

Mining corporations and the government of San Juan had challenged the law and demanded it be declared “unconstitutional”

The country´s top court rejected the challenge to the law filed by mining corporations with the support of the government of San Juan Province, which demanded the Glacier Protection Law passed in 2010 to be repealed and to be considered unconstitutional. In Argentina there are 322 mining projects, 44 of  … Read more

Era of new challenges: “Now the ones coming and taking over your land are saying that we need to save the planet”

Interview with Jun Borras, one of the founders of La Vía Campesina International

Saturnino ‘Jun’ M. Borras Jr. is a Filipino political activist and academic who has been deeply involved in rural social movements in the Philippines and internationally since the early 1980s. He was part of the core organizing team that established the international peasant movement La Vía Campesina. Jun has written  … Read more

African youth for system change

Friends of the Earth Nigeria is building an environmental youth network

The lives of human rights defenders in Africa are seriously threatened. For example, in Cameroon, on 26 May, human rights defender Elvis Brown Luma Mukuna received a death threat via a call from an unknown number. Ten days earlier, two men had forcibly entered Elvis’s house, abducted his younger brother  … Read more