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Peasant leader denounces systematic violence in Colombia at UN Human Rights Council

Nury Martínez, Chair of Fensuagro-La Vía Campesina, will address United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva

On Thursday 25 February, Nury Martinez, Chair of the National Agricultural Union Federation (FENSUAGRO), member of La Via Campesina in Colombia, will address the plenary meeting of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council. She will denounce the systematic violence and repression of peasant organisations in Colombia, as  … Read more

“Challenges of popular feminism”

The International Women’s Struggle’s Day is approaching, and the World March of Women is organizing two webinars to connect, visibilize and discuss the challenges and agendas of anti-capitalist feminism. On February 23rd, the first webinar “Challenges of popular feminism” will feature presentations from comrades of the World March of Women,  … Read more

“HEADING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION:” CIVIL SOCIETY EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER DIRECTION OF UN FOOD SYSTEMS SUMMIT

Civil society organisations insist that the UN Food Systems Summit should not be driven by private and corporate interests

The Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSM) addressed the Chair of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), Thanawat Tiensin, last week, demanding a new course for the Food Systems Summit set to take place in September 2021. “The CSM cannot jump onto a train that is heading  … Read more

Ecuador will appeal Chevron’s arbitration award

The State Attorney General's Office began the process to appeal the sentence. UDAPT appreciates the international support.

At the last minute, the State Attorney General’s Office of Ecuador informed the Union of People Affected by Texaco (UDAPT) that it had begun the appeal process of the arbitration award in favor of Chevron in The Hague. In November, UDAPT warned in a statement that the arbitration award issued  … Read more

Shell taken to court in the Netherlands: groundbreaking case against climate change

Friends of the Earth Netherlands takes the transnational oil corporation to court and demands “zero CO2 emissions” by 2050

“What we are doing is filling the governance gap by ensuring that multinational corporations, starting with Shell, are regulated through a national court in the Netherlands”, said Donald Pols, director of Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), in a press conference on 26 November. This organisation, along with six others  … Read more

10 ways Shell is destroying our Earth

New research by the OCI (Oil Change International) shows that Shell’s climate ambitions are nowhere near enough to prevent further global warming. The OCI examined the climate plans of 8 oil giants. If their plans are implemented, it will be impossible to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. The researchers  … Read more

Irregularities surrounding police investigation in to death of Indonesian human rights activist Golfrid Siregar

Over one year after his death, WALHI-Friends of the Earth Indonesia and the #JusticeForGolfrid Coalition still demand justice

Golfrid Siregar, member of the legal advocacy team of WALHI North Sumatra was found unconscious on a roadside on 3 October 2019, and died three days later in hospital. Despite being found fatally injured under very suspicious circumstances, the police said that his death was the result of a traffic  … Read more

UN resumes negotiations for urgently needed binding treaty

“UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights: Historic opportunity”

This was the title of a virtual press conference held on Tuesday which urged States to engage to put an end to the impunity of transnational corporations. The press conference (a recording of which is available below) – hosted by the  Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power  … Read more

Democracy restored in Bolivia

Luis Arce, member of the socialist party MAS, wins with over 52% of votes. Interview with Silvestre Saisari Cruz (MST-Bolivia)

After the coup d´Etat against Evo Morales’ re-election in November 2019, there were high hopes that these presidential elections in October 2020 would reinstate democracy in Bolivia. 48 hours before the vote, the Argentinian delegation that traveled to Bolivia to act as international observers denounced the illegal detention of lawmaker  … Read more

Ayotzinapa, Mexico: Forensic scientists identify the remains of Christian Alfonso Rodríguez, one of 43 students who disappeared in 2014

Statement by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team

On 7 July, 2020, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office announced the discovery of a bone fragment belonging to Christian Alfonso Rodríguez Telumbre, one of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teaching College who disappeared on 26 September, 2014. Christian was 19 years old and was a first-year student at  … Read more