Defenders of Territories and Collective Rights of the People


A complete shift away from dirty energy systems towards 100% renewable energy in Africa is possible

New report launched by Friends of the Earth Africa sets out a Just Recovery Renewable Energy Plan for the continent

Three-quarters of those without access to electricity now live in Africa, a share that has risen over recent years. The economic effects of Covid-19 have only increased the number of people unable to access electricity and who were forced into energy poverty. In this context, Friends of the Earth Africa  … Read more

First draft of the United Nations Global Biodiversity Framework is out

“We still have a long way to go” to halt the destruction of nature, says Nele Marien, Forest and Biodiversity Coordinator at FoEI

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the first draft of its global action plan that aims to halt biodiversity loss by the end of the decade. The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework draft 1 was presented on 12 July 2021 and will undergo further refinement during online negotiations  … Read more

David Castillo found guilty as co-perpetrator for the murder of Berta Cáceres

The former head of DESA will be sentenced on 3 August. COPINH highlights that the masterminds still need to be prosecuted

On 5 July, the city of Tegucigalpa sentencing court’s first chamber unanimously found David Castillo, Honduran businessman and intelligence officer, guilty of co-perpetrating the murder of Berta Cáceres. His sentence will be announced on 3 August. The ruling confirmed, among the main pieces of evidence, the numerous phone communications, text  … Read more

Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific demands justice for nine indigenous leaders killed in the Philippines

Interview with Mai Taqueban, Executive Director of Legal Rights and Natural Resources Centre

On 30 December 2020, nine Tumandok indigenous leaders were killed and 16 others arrested by the Philippine Army and National Police in a joint operation on Panay Island, located south of the Philippines. State forces allege that those killed were members of an insurgent group and that upon being served  … Read more

“A movement in formation”: Online Screening on La Via Campesina and RWR Facebook pages

LVC presents “A movement in formation”. Online Screening, Sunday, 18 April 2021

From now on, more than ever, capitalism will only offer us more crises of conflict, war, migration, global warming, hunger, pandemics and death. In this context, formation in La Via Campesina with a perspective of human emancipation is strategic. It has the historical task of contributing to forging collective political  … Read more

COPINH calls for international support during David Castillo trial

“We have been fighting for the memory of Berta Cáceres for five years,” says Bertha Zúniga, daughter of the environmental defender

On 30 March, Bertha Zúniga, General Coordinator of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations from Honduras (COPINH) held an online press conference, in which she called for the support of human rights organisations and activists during the trial of the former president of Desarrollos Energéticos SA (DESA) company. David  … 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

Covid-19 : Le chemin des peuples de la crise à la reprise

La Radio Mundo Real et les Amis de la Terre International présentent cette émission spéciale, qui vise à mettre en évidence les impacts de Covid-19 et des réponses nationales à la pandémie sur les peuples et les territoires. Nous examinons comment les mouvements sociaux et les groupes membres des Amis  … Read more

Covid-19: The peoples’ path from crisis to recovery

Real World Radio and Friends of the Earth International present this special show, which aims to highlight the impacts of Covid-19 and national responses to the pandemic on peoples and territories. We look at how social movements and Friends of the Earth groups have responded to the pandemic, analyse the  … Read more

African Peoples Tribunal demands a radical shift in the way transnational corporations operate

“This was a trend-setting event,” says Amos Yesutanbul Nkpeebo from Friends of the Earth Ghana

The African Peoples Tribunal, organised in Lagos and online by Friends of the Earth Africa, saw testimonies on cases from 10 African countries. The 24-28 November event ended with a call on governments to urgently ensure that human rights are respected and protected. It also denounced the collusion between governments  … Read more