Latin America and the Caribbean


Life cannot be dammed

FoEI: “The fight against hydroelectric dams is part of our global fight for Climate Justice and to Save Our Rivers”

March 14th marks the International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers. Mobilizations around the world denounced the socioenvironmental impacts of these construction works that operate in hydroelectric and mining projects. The Climate Justice and Energy Program of Friends of the Earth International expressed its solidarity with the communities  … Read more

Fighting for people’s rights worldwide

By Friends of the Earth Europe

Three years ago, Honduran activist and community leader Berta Cáceres was brutally murdered. Every year, around 200 environmental defenders are killed or assaulted around the world – crimes that are often linked to multinational companies violating human rights. Only a binding agreement on a global basis could put an end  … Read more

Let us organize ourselves, humankind!

Interview with Gustavo Castro (Friends of the Earth Mexico), a key witness in the murder of Berta Cáceres

That night of March 2nd, 2016, when a group of hitmen broke into Berta´s home in La Esperanza (Intibucá), Gustavo Castro was there because he had traveled to present a workshop for the members of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). The hitmen shot and  … Read more

“Berta put her body and soul into each and every one of the words she said”

We remember Berta Cáceres together with Claudia Korol (Pañuelos en Rebeldía) and her book “Las revoluciones de Berta”

March 2nd marks the third anniversary of the murder of Berta Cáceres, a political femicide that attempted to silence the struggles led by this Honduran defender together with the Lenca people and the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). With this crime, they tried to silence the  … Read more

A month on from Brumadinho

Inhabitants of the Minas Gerais municipality affected by Vale mining company achieved “landmark victory” said Tchenna Maso of MAB

On February 20th, a Brazilian court ordered transnational corporation Vale SA to grant every person affected by the Brumadinho environmental massacre a minimum wage for 12 months, and in addition, each family will receive 400 reals, which is the value of a basic food basket in that South American country.  … Read more

Dialogue and peace for Venezuela

Uruguayan organizations denounced an attempted coup in Venezuela and expressed their support towards the dialogue for peace.

The Uruguayan central workers union, PIT-CNT, together with the Continental Conference for Democracy and against Neoliberalism, and the Union Gathering Nuestra América, held a rally in Montevideo on February 7 demanding “Dialogue and Peace for Venezuela.” The mobilization took place in the center of the Uruguayan capital, while a few  … Read more

Haiti: A social minefield

People demand the resignation of the president upon the socioeconomic crisis. About 52 people were killed in police crackdowns.

The mobilizations began on February 7 with the Haitian population fed up with the corruption of Jovenel Moïse’s government and the high cost of living. The protesters demand the resignation of the president and his prime minister, an immediate national dialogue to establish a transitional government, and a call for  … Read more

The freedom of the Gualcarque River as an homage to Berta

The Honduran Public Prosecutor´s Office requested a life sentence for Berta Cáceres murderers

On January 10, the Honduran Public Prosecutor´s Office requested a life sentence for the murder of environmental defender Berta Cáceres against the 7 people accused of the crime, and 13 years in jail for the attempted murder of Gustavo Castro, member of Otros Mundos Chiapas – Friends of the Earth  … Read more

One leader murdered per day

During the first week of 2019, six Colombian defenders of territories and peoples rights were murdered

The murder of Maritza Quiroz, leader of the Santa Marta Victims Roundtable, on January 6th, was the sixth political murder that took place in the first week of 2019. The crimes against Colombian territory defenders continue unabated and are a cause of concern for social organizations throughout the country that  … Read more