Interviews


In Secret

Organizations denounce that RCEP is moving forward without respecting minimum transparency and public participation standards

The negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), involving 16 Asia-Pacific countries, are failing international standards of transparency and public participation, according to a study titled “RCEP: A secret deal” conducted by several international organizations. “It is quite shocking how representatives of the governments are able to hide behind  … Read more

Justice for Juana Raymundo

She is the sixth CODECA defender murdered in Guatemala in 2018

In an interview with Real World Radio, Mauro Vay, founder and General Coordinator of the Peasant Development Committee (CODECA) said that the kidnapping, torture and murder of Juana Raymundo “is a sign of what we´ve been denouncing for quite some time: we are under a criminal government”. “The Ministry of  … Read more

“Santiago worked in solidarity together with the people”

Interview with Verónica Heredia, lawyer of Santiago Maldonado´s family

It´s been a year since Santiago Maldonado disappeared and was subsequently found dead. Maldonado was an Argentinian young man who worked in solidarity with the Mapuche people, struggling to recover their ancestral lands that were acquired by business magnate Luciano Benetton. On August 1st, 2017, Maldonado disappeared after the Argentinian  … Read more

Dangerous Funds

Activists expose role of Dutch banks in the funding of palm oil industry development

Milieudefensie – Friends of the Earth Netherlands launched a report where they warn that Dutch Banks ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank have to take responsibility for the disastrous environmental and social consequences of providing finance to the palm oil sector at large scale. These banks should pull out of this  … Read more

Greenwashing

Bertrand Sansonnens, of Friends of the Earth Switzerland, on palm oil: “voluntary guidelines do not work, we need binding rules at

At the end of June, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which gathers actors from several sectors of the palm oil industry, reported that they had suspended Swiss company Nestlé´s membership for failing to follow the RSPO´s Statutes and Code of Conduct. However, Nestlé “doesn´t seem to care”, warned  … Read more

Flowers in the Desert

New multimedia project featuring 10 indigenous women leaders of Mexico

Among the stories we find the one of Marichuy, spokesperson of the Indigenous Governing Council (CIG) “Women have always been present. The aim is to tell at first hand the stories of ten women that are representatives of the Council and also make reference to the role of the Council,  … Read more

Chevron-Texaco Never Again

The oil corporation will have to compensate the people affected by the pollution caused in the Amazon

Ecuador´s Constitutional Court has rejected the protection appeal filed by Chevron in 2014. Since 2014, the Union of People Affected by Texaco (UDAPT) expected a resolution by the Constitutional Court of Ecuador about the protection appeal filed by Chevron Corporation to avoid paying 9.5 billion dollars as part of a  … Read more

In Defense of Peruvian Mountains

Peruvian government withdraws concession that had been granted on Siete Colores Mountain

The National Agrarian Confederation denounces mining officials are “taking over the government”. In March 2018, the Peruvian government granted a concession to mining company Minquest Peru, acquired by Camino Minerals Corporation (Canada), to exploit resources in Siete Colores Mountain and the surrounding areas, in Cusco region, without consulting the people  … Read more

Political femicide

Trial over Berta Cáceres murder to start on September 10th

Her daughter, Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres, told Real World Radio that this may be a “historical trial”, although the people who masterminded the murder won´t be tried. The oral and public hearings against the eight men accused of murdering Berta Cáceres are scheduled to take place from September 10 to 28,  … Read more

The dangers of synthetic biology

Synthetic biology and the gene drive: what are they?

Environmental activist Dana Perls, of Friends of the Earth US, denounced in Montreal Canada that the “gene drive” is a new genetic engineering extinction technology, which could permanently alter entire generations and populations of species.} For this reason, Friends of the Earth International is calling for a moratorium on the  … Read more