Latin America and the Caribbean


Colombia: systematic murders of social leaders multiply during the pandemic

International call to stop violence against peoples. Leaders denounce attacks during forced crop eradication.

Since the beginning of 2020, at least 103 social leaders and defenders of territories, and 24 former FARC members undergoing a reinsertion process in line with the Peace Accords, have been murdered in Colombia, according to local NGO Indepaz. The Continental Day for Democracy and against Neoliberalism (La Jornada Continental),  … Read more

RECORD NUMBER OF LAND CONFLICTS IN BRAZIL IN 2019

There were five conflicts per day, representing a 23% increase from 2018, and 32 defenders murdered during the year.

Throughout 2019, the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) recorded 1833 conflicts in the countryside (averaging five per day), 23% more than in 2018. This is the highest number on CPT records in the past five years. There was also a 14% increase in the number of murders (from 28 to 32),  … Read more

ENVIRONMENTAL REFLECTIONS IN TIMES OF QUARANTINE (PART 1)*

By CENSAT Agua Viva - Friends of the Earth Colombia**

The current COVID-19 pandemic is a symptom of the environmental imbalances that have resulted from treating nature as a commodity. We could argue that the impact of the pandemic would not have reached this magnitude if it weren’t for decades of neoliberalism, which has privileged business over lives: promoting agribusiness  … Read more

Drop in oil prices: an opportunity?

How does the drop in oil prices lead us to think about a just energy transition? Interview with Felipe Gutiérrez from Opsur

On 20 April, the world woke up to a historical drop in the price of oil in the United States. The reference value for crude oil in the US (WTI) reached negative numbers for the first time in history. Argentina’s Southern Oil Observatory (Opsur) issued a press release, stating: “Press  … Read more

The peasant struggle amid the COVID-19 pandemic

On the International Day of Peasants' Struggle, organizations promote Food Sovereignty as a solution in the world we want to build

April 17, International Day of Peasants’ Struggle, is a special day celebrated by rural organizations around the world, usually with demonstrations, conferences, demands addressed to governments, and other activities. But of course, this year, the COVID-19 pandemic is severely limiting the room for action. For this reason, the international peasant  … Read more

“We need national policies for people affected by dams”

Day of struggle of people affected by dams. Interview with Diana Giraldo from the Ríos Vivos Movement in Colombia

14 March marks the Day of Struggle of people affected by dams. The Latin American Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAR) is growing and taking its motto to different places around the world: “Water and energy are not commodities! Water for Life, not for death!”. In the midst of  … Read more

8 March: We must march together

Friends of the Earth International joins the World March of Women’s 5th International Action

“We resist to live, we march to transform!” is the slogan for the 5th International Action by the World March of Women, set to begin on 8 March, 2020. Every five years, the World March of Women (WMW) prepares an international action which brings together women’s movements, to take action  … Read more

Berta lives on, while Honduran courts owe a great debt

COPINH and other human rights organizations demand prosecution of the real masterminds of Berta Cáceres´ murder

“Berta lives on, she lives with the Lenca people fighting against those who are trying to loot their territories, with women standing up to defend their rights, in the peoples’ struggles for water and life. Berta lives on in the heart of all rebels!” Proclaimed the Civic Council of Popular  … Read more

A rebel, but conscious youth

Visit to El Maizal community in Venezuela: an example of autonomy and food production

Socialist community El Maiza, located between Lara and Portuguesa states, in Venezuela, is a reference for the community movement of the country. Founded 11 years ago, with diverse self-managed companies, El Maizal is proud to show visitors their productive diversity and their political-ideological framework, with self-government as their banner. One  … Read more