Testimonies


World Economic Forum exerts lobby pressure on UN Food Systems Summit

“Corporate capture” of the summit denounced by Kirtana Chandrasekaran, from Friends of the Earth International

For the past few months, the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism for relations with the UN Committee on World Food Security (CSM) – of which Friends of the Earth International is a member – has been denouncing the “corporate capture” of the UN Food Systems Summit by agribusiness lobbying.  … Read more

Brumadinho: Two years of impunity

Two years after the collapse of the dam in Brazil, the people affected have still not received full reparation

25 January 2020 marked two years since the worst environmental crime in the history of Brazil: the collapse of a giant mining dam operated by Vale S.A., located in Córrego do Feijao, near Brumadinho, Minas Gerais State. The thousands of people affected have still not received adequate reparations for the impacts they  … Read more

It’s settled: fumigation is a death sentence

Argentinian Criminal Justice established that agrotoxics poisoning was the cause of the death of a 4-year-old boy

Horticultural producer Ricardo Prieto was sentenced this Monday, December 14, to three years in prison for the manslaughter of Nicolás Arévalo and injuries to Celeste Estévez in Lavalle, in the Argentinian province of Corrientes. The 4-year-old boy died on April 4, 2011 from acute poisoning followed by death, as confirmed  … Read more

Goodbye to the Pinochet-era Constitution

Impressions and expectations from social movements after massive support for a new constitution in Chile

With 78% of votes, the Chilean people have opted to change the current Constitution, which has been in force since 1980 under Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. The same percentage of people supported doing this through a Constituent Convention (instead of a mixed convention), whose candidates will be elected on 11 April  … Read more

Grassroots organisation OFRANEH denounces kidnapping and disappearance of Garifuna leader in Honduras

Armed group kidnapped the President of the Triunfo de la Cruz Community Board and three other young leaders

48 hours after the kidnapping and disappearance of Sneider Centeno, President of the Triunfo de la Cruz Community Board and active member of the Black Fraternal Organisation of Honduras (OFRANEH), Real World Radio interviewed fellow OFRANEH member César Benedith, who denounced that they have not yet received “any type of  … Read more

People affected by Brumadinho dam disaster protest outside Minas Gerais court

800 people, including Brazilian and international activists and those directly affected by the dam collapse, demand justice

The Brazilian Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) launched on 20 January a week of activities for the Days of Struggle (“Jornadas de Lucha”) to mark the first anniversary of corporate crimes committed by mining company Vale in Brumadinho, Brazil. Hundreds of people affected by mining and hydroelectric dams  … Read more

Peoples’ Tribunal to judge crimes committed by UN “Stabilisation Mission” MINUSTAH in Haiti

Announcement made during the International Colloquium on Occupation, Sovereignty and Solidarity

The Peoples’ Tribunal will assess and rule on the crimes committed during the 15 years of international military occupation in Haiti through the United Nations “peacekeeping” missions (such as MINUSTAH and MINUJUSTH). The Tribunal will aim to promote “processes of disengagement, justice and reparation for all the victims of repression,  … Read more

The main challenge is unity: Anti-Imperialist Meeting held in Cuba draws to a close

Voices from grassroots movements and peoples' organizations as activities finish

The Anti-Imperialist Meeting of Solidarity for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism closed on Sunday afternoon, with a ceremony at Palacio de Convenciones in Havana, Cuba. The political and symbolic value of this three-day meeting is reflected in the final numbers: 1300 participants from 789 social organizations coming from 86 countries. On  … Read more

Latin America needs to wake up and strengthen its unity

In solidarity with Cuba, for democracy and against neoliberalism, Continental Day joins anti-imperialist meeting

The Anti-imperialist Meeting of Solidarity, for Democracy and against Neoliberalism will take place in Havana from November 1 to 3, 2019, organized by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), the Cuban Chapter of Social Movements and the Continental Day for Democracy and against Neoliberalism. The Continental Day  … Read more

CONCERN OVER INCURSION OF ARMED GROUPS IN GARIFUNA TERRITORY

Interview with Miriam Miranda of OFRANEH about the harassment experienced by Vallecito people in the hands of heavily armed men

The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH) denounced in its social media accounts that on Wednesday several armed men entered the Garifuna community of Vallecito, Department of Colon, harassing the inhabitants. The organization warns that this territory has been experiencing increasing threats and militarization in the past weeks. These lands  … Read more