Defenders of Territories and Collective Rights of the People


“Nothing is lost yet”

Norway: permit granted to mining project that violates environmental national law and threatens indigenous people will be appealed

On February 14, the Norwegian government gave the green light to a new copper mining project that will cause two million tons of heavy metal waste to be dumped in Repparfjord, in Finnmark province (above the polar Arctic Circle), a fjord protected to preserve its salmon population. The decision has  … Read more

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

Until the river is killed

Ríos Vivos Colombia denounces the drying of the Cauca River by Hidroituango. They call for a national mobilization on February 14.

EPM, the public utility service company of Medellin in charge of the construction of Hidroituango, the hydroelectric project in Ituango, municipality of Antioquia, on February 5 closed some gates of the dam, disrupting the bed of the Cauca river and affecting its flow for four days, killing thousands of fish.  … Read more

The freedom of the Gualcarque River as an homage to Berta

The Honduran Public Prosecutor´s Office requested a life sentence for Berta Cáceres murderers

On January 10, the Honduran Public Prosecutor´s Office requested a life sentence for the murder of environmental defender Berta Cáceres against the 7 people accused of the crime, and 13 years in jail for the attempted murder of Gustavo Castro, member of Otros Mundos Chiapas – Friends of the Earth  … Read more

One leader murdered per day

During the first week of 2019, six Colombian defenders of territories and peoples rights were murdered

The murder of Maritza Quiroz, leader of the Santa Marta Victims Roundtable, on January 6th, was the sixth political murder that took place in the first week of 2019. The crimes against Colombian territory defenders continue unabated and are a cause of concern for social organizations throughout the country that  … Read more

No evidence

Mapuche lonko Facundo Jones Huala was sentenced to 9 years in prison for a 2013 fire.

In an abbreviated procedure, which lasted two weeks, on December 14 lonko Facundo Jones Huala, a Mapuche authority of the Pu Lof from Cushamen, was convicted by the Chilean justice system for the crimes of arson and illegal possession of a firearm. A week later, Judge Francisco Olate of the  … 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

HATE UNLEASHED

Two landless leaders brutally murdered in Paraiba, North-East Brazil

On December 8th, two peasant leaders of the Landless Rural Workers Movement of Brazil were shot to death by hooded man while they were having dinner at their campsite “Don José María Pires”, in Paraíba State. This clearly reflects a “hate speech” which has been specially targeting Brazilian popular organizations.  … Read more