Defenders of Territories and Collective Rights of the People


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

Threats and abuses of the growing gas industry in Mozambique

Outcomes of the 'lobby tour' organized in Europe showcase the need for a Binding Treaty to stop corporate human rights abuses

Mozambique is rapidly becoming one of the Liquified natural gas (LNG) giants of the world. With little international media coverage, oil and gas monsters such as Exxon, Eni, Chevron, Shell and BP are rubbing their hands at the million dollar business prospects in this African country. Ongoing projects, whilst still  … Read more

Black women´s lives matter

The struggles of black, lesbian, bisexual, transgender women for the right to be themselves

Feminism has to be antipatriarchal, anticapitalist and antiracist. Since 1992, July 25 marks the International Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women’s Day. The commemoration of this day was decided at the first meeting of Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women. Today, Real World Radio wants to highlight the voices and  … Read more

Hard blow for communities suffering human rights violations at global level

International Law expert warns about negative aspects of new draft of the UN Treaty on transnational corporations and human rights

“The attempts to establish the supremacy of human rights over corporate logic are not covered in the entire text of the Draft 1”, warned Brazilian expert Manoela Roland about the new document presented by the Ecuadorian Chair in UN negotiations for a legally binding treaty on transnational corporations and human  … Read more

Land Rights Revolution in Liberia

The African country passed bill which would give land rights to 80 per cent of the population

After many months of debate and with a strong support from the public opinion, the Liberian government passed the Land Rights Act in September, 2018, which officially recognizes the rights of local communities over their productive lands, without the need of long entitlement proceedings. With this huge step, Liberia could  … Read more

African youth for system change

Friends of the Earth Nigeria is building an environmental youth network

The lives of human rights defenders in Africa are seriously threatened. For example, in Cameroon, on 26 May, human rights defender Elvis Brown Luma Mukuna received a death threat via a call from an unknown number. Ten days earlier, two men had forcibly entered Elvis’s house, abducted his younger brother  … Read more

Honduran voices against Juan Orlando Hernández demand his removal

Analysis by Dr. Juan Almendarez about the mobilizations against the privatization of education and healthcare

At the end of May, Juan Orlando Hernández´ administration announced several reforms aiming to privatize services, through the passing of the Law of Restructuring and Transformation of the National Education and Healthcare System. So people took to the streets once against in Tegucigalpa against the threat of massive dismissals of  … Read more

“Women are on the frontline of defending rights and the environment”

Members of the Gender Justice and Dismantling Patriarchy Working Group of Friends of the Earth International met in Montevideo

This was the third meeting of Friends of the Earth International´s Working Group since it was created. From May 2 to 5, its members analyzed what has been done so far and the steps to follow. Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) seeks to mainstream the feminist perspective and gender  … Read more