Defenders of Territories and Collective Rights of the People


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

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

World March of Women commemorates Palestinian Land Day

Defending people's right to self-determination is part of the call of the WMW for their Fifth International Action

Today, the World March of Women (WMW) remembered: “On March 30, 1976, the Israeli army attacked demonstrators in the midst of a strike organized by Palestinians in Galilee in the face of another advance of illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory. Six people were killed, hundreds wounded. Since then this  … Read more

Meeting for new UN framework to protect biodiversity to be held in Italy

Organizations warn of low ambition, false solutions and lack of attention on the true culprits of environmental devastation

Environmental federation Friends of the Earth International reaffirms its concern over the lack of ambition in the new framework currently under negotiation at the UN, which will set the basis for the protection of biodiversity globally from 2020 to 2030. A Friends of the Earth International delegation will participate in  … Read more

La Via Campesina to hold Solidarity Mission in Venezuela

“It is important for people to see firsthand the impacts of the US blockade and our capacity to resist,” says the FNCEZ

La Vía Campesina (LVC) will hold an International Solidarity Mission in Venezuela from 20-27 January, with the aim of showing the everyday life of Venezuelan people suffering from the impacts of the US blockade, and how they are facing this with creativity, solidarity and resistance. The Ezequiel Zamora National Peasant  … Read more

No deal on carbon market at COP25

This has been Friends of the Earth's big fight last week. “We pick the battle up in 2020 for Climate Justice", said.

The COP25 negotiations came to an end after breaking the record: from December 2 to 14th. To get no deal on carbon markets at COP25 in Madrid has been Friends of the Earth’s big fight this week, because carbon markets devastate Indigenous Peoples, Southern communities and fuel climate chaos. But  … Read more

International Human Rights Day: cases of serious violations across Asia

New report exposes Human Rights abuses against defenders of territories and peoples´ rights

Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific launches on Tuesday 10 December, International Human Rights Day, a new report that warns: “everyday, somewhere on this planet, environmental human rights defenders are being threatened, defamed, assaulted or murdered for defending their territories.” The new publication, launched by press release today, is entitled  … Read more

Agendas of Latin American environmental activists, workers and feminists meet at the Peoples´ Summit

Workshop: “The crisis as a business opportunity, market mechanisms, and the privatization of nature”.

“False solutions do not offer a way out of the crisis because they do not put life above everything else. The logic of life needs to be present in our political actions. And for this, system change is needed”, said feminist Natalia Lobo, from the World March of Women Brazil,  … Read more

Sentences of up to 50 years for Berta Cáceres’ murderers

Honduras: Courts have sentenced the seven men guilty of the murder of environmental defender Berta Cáceres with 30 to 50 years

The ruling came 45 months after Berta’s murder. The seven men had been convicted as the direct perpetrators of her murder on November 29, 2018. “The Honduras Sentencing Court sentenced the seven men guilty of the murder of Berta Isabel Cáceres to 30 and 34 years in prison, and for four of  … Read more

10th anniversary of the murder of Mariano Abarca: the pain continues

Otros Mundos, ATALC and 30 other organizations award MODEVITE with Environmental Defense Award in Chiapas

November 27, 2019, marked the 10th anniversary of the murder of Mariano Abarca Roblero, environmental activist who defended human rights and the rights of nature in Chicomuselo municipality, Chiapas, Mexico, by denouncing the socioenvironmental effects caused by Canadian mining corporation Blackfire Exploration, involved in the crime. Since then, the relatives  … Read more