Human Rights


“Peasants are the ones who are standing up to a rise of fascism”

FOEI joins the actions of solidarity on the International Day of Peasant Struggle to continue that legacy

April 17 marks the International Day of Peasant Struggle to remember the 19 peasants  of the Landless Rural Workers Movement of Brazil who were murdered in 1996 in the “Massacre of Eldorado dos Carajas”. That day, tens of police officers attacked 1500 landless peasants in Eldorado dos Carajás. Since then,  … Read more

Relatives of people disappeared by the dictatorship in Uruguay launch software to recover military files

Interview with Nilo Patiño, member of Mothers and Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared

“We want to have a basis of information about the recent past without intermediaries”, said Patiño about LUISA* (Spanish acronym for Reading Together to Interpret Files), a software that aims to voluntarily recover the illegible texts of the files created by the military intelligence during the Uruguayan civic-military dictatorship (1973-1985).  … Read more

Malaysian Court rules in favor of activist accused of defamation by transnational mining company

Interview with the human rights defender who won her defamation suit and one of the lawyers of the case

The Federal Court, the highest court of Malaysia, unanimously dismissed an appeal filed by Raub Australian Gold Mining (RAGM), a gold mining company that had sued activist Sherly Hue for defamation. Hue is part of the resistance against the company´s operations in Bukit Koman, Pahang State. The Court´s decision issued  … Read more

Fighting for people’s rights worldwide

By Friends of the Earth Europe

Three years ago, Honduran activist and community leader Berta Cáceres was brutally murdered. Every year, around 200 environmental defenders are killed or assaulted around the world – crimes that are often linked to multinational companies violating human rights. Only a binding agreement on a global basis could put an end  … Read more

“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

A Just Transition is Needed Now*

By Bobby Peek, groundWork - Friends of the Earth South Africa

Dear President Cyril Ramaphosa This is the last action I am undertaking before groundWork closes for 2018. groundWork believes a Just Transition is urgently needed and that you need to be at the forefront of this as leader of the country to prevent a transition that will cripple South Africa  … Read more

Mozambican journalist detained

Statement by Justiça Ambiental - Friends of the Earth Mozambique

We have just heard that Mozambican journalist Estacio Valoi and 2 foreign journalists have been detained in Palma, Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique. This happened on the morning on 17 December 2018, by the Forças Armadas de Defesa de Moçambique (Defense Forces of Mozambique). The journalists had permission from the local and provincial authorities  … Read more

We won´t forget!

December 10 – Human Rights Day: the eight indigenous people murdered in Philippines a year ago are in our memories

On December 3rd, 2017, a year and a week ago, Marivic Danyan, a young indigenous woman less than 30 years of age saw how the Philippine Army murdered her father, her two brothers, her husband, an uncle and cousins. It was a massacre. Today, Marivic spoke with Real World Radio,  … Read more

Hands tainted with blood

Philippines: the illegal scheme that aims to grant indigenous lands to company for 41 years

Days before the first anniversary of the murders of eight indigenous people of the Philippine village Datal Bonglangon, Mindanao Island, on December 3rd, 2017, one of the lawyers supporting the local community, Pochoy Labog, directly accused the company that has been occupying this native territory since early 1990s. He is  … Read more