Defenders of Territories and Collective Rights of the People


Images of Solidarity

Photo gallery with images taken by the Social Movements Communications Convergence during the Anti-Imperialist Meeting of Solidarity, for Democracy and against Neoliberalism in Havana, Cuba. The Social Movements Communications Convergence gathers alternative media and communications teams from Latin American social movements and organizations who have been sharing for years the  … Read more

Justice for Golfrid

Friends of the Earth International demands justice for death of WALHI member and calls organizations to deliver solidarity letter

Golfrid Siregar, member of the legal advocacy team of WALHI North Sumatra was found unconscious on the side of a road on October 3, at around 1 am. He had suffered major head injuries, though the rest of his body remained relatively uninjured. After three days at the hospital, his  … Read more

Historic legal action against Total in France for operations in Uganda

First time a legal action is brought under France’s new duty of vigilance law against human rights abuses in any country

Four organizations from Uganda and two from France filed a lawsuit against oil giant Total in French court on Wednesday,  accusing the company of not taking the necessary measures to respect human rights and the environment in its oil megaproject in Uganda. To make way for exploratory works for oil  … Read more

5th Session of UN negotiations on Binding Treaty and Human Rights came to an end

Attempts by official delegation of Brazil to limit civil society participation

The negotiations of the UN Human Rights Council Working Group towards a legally Binding Treaty on transnational corporations and human rights abuses perpetrated by them drew to a close Friday in Geneva, Switzerland. Several social movements and organizations, gathered in the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity,  … Read more

Protests in Ecuador: indigenous communities travel to Quito

20,000 indigenous people from CONAIE are travelling to the capital city of Ecuador, Quito, to participate in a national strike

The Chair of the Confederation of Indigenous Nations of Ecuador (CONAIE), Jaime Vargas, announced that the members of the organization arrived to Quito on Monday 7. The march of indigenous movements and nations was met with violent attacks by the Ecuadorian Police. The leader stated that the communities will continue  … Read more

David Castillo: Corruption and violence in Honduras

COPINH launched investigation about alleged mastermind of the murder of Berta Cáceres. He has links with extractive companies.

After 42 months of the political femicide of Berta Cáceres in Honduras, and while people await the definitive ruling against the seven men accused as the perpetrators of the crime  and the beginning of the trial against David Castillo as one of the masterminds, the organization that was coordinated by the  … Read more

BlackRock invests in burning the Amazon

New report explores how the investments of global asset manager drive deforestation and violate the rights of indigenous people

“As fires rage across the Amazon, a report released today reveals that BlackRock, the world’s largest institutional investor with $6.5 trillion USD in assets, is deeply invested in the sectors most responsible for tropical forest destruction in the Amazon and around the world”, reads a press release issued by Friends of the  … Read more

System change is urgently needed to face serious biodiversity crisis

Businesses vs. real solutions: the UN CBD at a crossroads

“If we keep on allowing that those who defend the environment actually get killed, we can never hope to save the environment”, said environmental activist Nele Marien, of Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), a few hours before the beginning on Tuesday of an important meeting of the United Nations  … Read more

CONCERN OVER INCURSION OF ARMED GROUPS IN GARIFUNA TERRITORY

Interview with Miriam Miranda of OFRANEH about the harassment experienced by Vallecito people in the hands of heavily armed men

The Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH) denounced in its social media accounts that on Wednesday several armed men entered the Garifuna community of Vallecito, Department of Colon, harassing the inhabitants. The organization warns that this territory has been experiencing increasing threats and militarization in the past weeks. These lands  … Read more