Defenders of Territories and Collective Rights of the People


Painful situation in Brumadinho

“Mining companies are not being controlled” denounces movement of affected people (MAB-Brazil)

On January 24, Brazil suffered once again an environmental crime. In Brumadinho, a town in Minas Gerais state, a toxic waste reservoir of the mining company Vale burst and the mud covered the ground and people. We have seen the pictures on social networks of how the mud swept Brumadinho.  … Read more

A dam imposed by blood

Guatemala: Two defenders of the land who fought against the building of hydroelectric plants in the Pojom River were murdered.

The Council of Wuxhtaj Peoples and the Council of the Mayan People (CPO), which are part of the Movement of People Affected by Dams in Latin America (MAR), denounced the murder on December 16th of the brothers Nery Esteban Pedro and Domingo Esteban Pedro, from the Bella Linda community, a  … Read more

“Peasant Rights are Human Rights”

UN General Assembly approves the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants

With 121 votes in favor, 8 negative and 54 abstentions, the General Assembly of the United Nations approved on Monday, December 17, in a historic event, the Declaration of Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas. Now the focus will be on the implementation of this Declaration  … Read more

“A great step forward for all humanity”

Meaning and projection of the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants, by Diego Montón

“A great step forward for all humanity” Meaning and projection of the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants, by Diego Montón The adoption by a very large majority of the United Nations General Assembly of the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas represents  … Read more

Hands tainted with blood

Philippines: the illegal scheme that aims to grant indigenous lands to company for 41 years

Days before the first anniversary of the murders of eight indigenous people of the Philippine village Datal Bonglangon, Mindanao Island, on December 3rd, 2017, one of the lawyers supporting the local community, Pochoy Labog, directly accused the company that has been occupying this native territory since early 1990s. He is  … Read more

No more impunity

Bertha Zúñiga after the trial over the femicide of her mother Berta Cáceres: “The challenge is to withdraw Agua Zarca´s permits"

December 2nd marked 33 months of the murder of the Lenca people defender, Berta Cáceres, at her home in La Esperanza, Intibucá department (Honduras) and the attempted murder of environmental activist Gustavo Castro, member of Otros Mundos Chiapas – Friends of the Earth Mexico. The case went to trial after  … Read more

Of pain and courage

Report: a year from the murder of the T’boli–Manobo indigenous people by the Army in Philippines

Monday marks the first anniversary of the massacre of eight indigenous people in Datal Bonglangon village, South Cotabato province, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. The inhabitants of the small community paid with their lives the demands for their ancestral lands and the resistance to the coffee and mining  … Read more

Failed model: greenwashing

Serious accusations against the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which is holding its annual meeting

“It´s a sham” saying that the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is solving the serious socioenvironmental effects of this industry, said Nigerian environmental activist Rita Uwaka. “There are more environmental abuses, human rights abuses in countries where most of these RSPO certified companies exist”, she added. The annual conference  … Read more

Roger Waters: “Helping others brings us joy”

The British musician participated in a meeting in Montevideo (Uruguay) to talk about Palestine and human rights

“We are here to talk about Palestine, we are here to talk about BDS and we are here to talk about human rights and I´m very happy to see all of you here tonight”, said Waters at the beginning of the meeting with Uruguayan journalists Alejandra Casablanca and Virginia Martínez  … Read more

Widespread consternation

Court removes lawyers of Berta Cáceres´ family from murder trial

On October 19, a Tegucigalpa court held a hearing to begin the trial over the murder of the Lenca people defender, Berta Cáceres, who was murdered on March 2nd, 2016, at her home in La Esperanza (Intibucá). The court announced the beginning of the oral and public trial, despite the  … Read more