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“The Declaration on Peasants’ Rights should become a political tool for Agrarian Reform and Social Justice”

Press release by La Vía Campesina

(Harare, April 17th, 2019) Today, April 17th, 2019, the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle, the member organisations of La Via Campesina are reaffirming the Declaration on Peasants’ Rights as a political tool to strengthen the global struggle for decent living and working conditions in rural areas. The Declaration should also  … Read more

PHOTO GALLERY OF 3RD SOLIDARITY MISSION OF VÍA CAMPESINA TO COLOMBIA

The monitoring of the implementation of the Peace Accords in photos

We can still hear the echoes of the 3rd Solidarity Mission of Vía Campesina to Colombia that aimed to verify the fulfillment of the Peace Accords signed between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016. The Mission came to an end on Tuesday with a  … Read more

Canada refuses to hear appeal regarding environmental crimes committed by Chevron

The Supreme Court of Canada rejected appeal by communities affected by Chevron in the Ecuadorian Amazon

The Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples´ Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and End Impunity , a global network of over 200 organizations, movements, trade unions and communities affected by transnational corporations worldwide, regrets the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada of April 4th and demanded, once again, the establishment of  … Read more

“We do not trust the Colombian government wants to comply with the Peace Accords”

International Mission of Vía Campesina highlights that Duque´s administration is putting the peace process in Colombia at risk

After travelling through the territories of Cauca, Tolima and Sumapaz in Colombia, La Vía Campesina delegates verified that there is “lack of compliance with the implementation of the points included in the Peace Accords (signed between FARC and the government) and a general questioning about the accords and the peace  … 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

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

Nuclear power and coal? No, thanks

Japan freezes toxic energy projects - Friends of the Earth Japan calls on the government to promote the use of renewable energy

Japanese company Hitachi, through its subsidiary Horizon, announced it will suspend the building of a new nuclear reactor on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales (UK), the site of the British oldest nuclear power plant closed in 2015. The project was announced in 2017, but in January 2019, Hitachi officially  … Read more

Photo: FoE Europe

Climate incompatible France-Spain gas pipeline cancelled

Red card to EU-backed ‘MidCat’ is major victory for campaigners - By Friends of the Earth Europe

In a victory for the movement for a fossil free Europe, a climate-damaging gas pipeline project between France and Catalonia has today been blocked by French energy regulators. Permission and funding for the central portion of the controversial ‘MidCat’ mega-project – the STEP (South Transit Eastern Pyrenees) – was refused by France’s Energy  … Read more

CENSORSHIP IN VACA MUERTA

German photographer recording oil pollution has accused Argentinian police officers of censorship and violence

Stefan Borghardt is a German photojournalist who came to Neuquen to report about fracking in Argentina and particularly to photograph the development of the Vaca Muerta megaproject. On January 7th he was arrested by the police while he was taking photographs of the activities at the oil waste management plant  … Read more