Africa


The Human Right to Water

The National summit on the human right to water was held in Nigeria from 29-30 January 2019, to share community fights against the corporate control of water, resisting privatization and to ensure universal access to water in Africa and around the world. Environmental Rights Action (ERA) – Friends of the  … Read more

A Just Transition is Needed Now*

By Bobby Peek, groundWork - Friends of the Earth South Africa

Dear President Cyril Ramaphosa This is the last action I am undertaking before groundWork closes for 2018. groundWork believes a Just Transition is urgently needed and that you need to be at the forefront of this as leader of the country to prevent a transition that will cripple South Africa  … Read more

Mozambican journalist detained

Statement by Justiça Ambiental - Friends of the Earth Mozambique

We have just heard that Mozambican journalist Estacio Valoi and 2 foreign journalists have been detained in Palma, Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique. This happened on the morning on 17 December 2018, by the Forças Armadas de Defesa de Moçambique (Defense Forces of Mozambique). The journalists had permission from the local and provincial authorities  … Read more

Advances against gene drives

Convention on Biological Diversity: We need to consult communities about gene drives and assess the risks of the technology

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity urged the governments on November 29th to conduct strict risk assessments and consult indigenous people and other local communities before releasing organisms into the environment with “exterminator technology” such as gene drives. The decision to consult the people about this dangerous genetic modification of  … Read more

The process continues

Progress at Working Group for a Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights considered a “victory” of the civil

The resolutions and conclusions of the Intergovernmental Working Group submitted by Luis Gallegos, permanent representative of Ecuador at the UN and chair of the negotiations, were approved, but the representatives of the European Union were the only ones there who did not agree with the conclusions. Now the chair will  … Read more

Close to the victims

Kwami Kpondzo from Friends of the Earth International: “We are here to say to the world that enough is enough”

“As Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), we are here (at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva) because we are working with communities, and those communities are affected by transnationals corporations, so we need a Binding Treaty to hold accountable those transnationals which violated human rights”, said Kwami Kpondzo, from  … Read more

African priorities

“The purpose of this treaty (on transnational corporations and human rights) is to fill the loophole that we have in international law that transnational corporations, because of their structures and the impunity with which they operate, are not held accountable for the violations they do throughout their supply chain”, said  … Read more

We cannot be celebrating

25 years after the UN Convention on Biological Diversity: Community forest management and agroecology are the future

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. However, “we cannot be celebrating”. The planet is facing serious environmental degradation, and the necessary measures to counteract it are not being taken, warned activist Rita Uwaka with Environmental Rights Action – Friends of the Earth  … Read more

Seeding Climate Justice

Meeting in Mozambique focuses on the resistance and the solutions against climate change

Aiming to advance in the development of a climate justice movement in Africa, a continent that will be seriously affected by climate change, especially in the Southern countries, a new edition of the “Seeding Climate Justice” event took place in Maputo, capital of Mozambique. This was the third event of  … Read more