Human Rights


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

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

Chile mobilizes for peace, solidarity and dignity

The “social agenda” is “not enough” stressed Chilean Central Union (CUT) - Piñera cancels APEC and COP25 amid national strike

The Chilean Central Union of Workers (CUT) will peacefully mobilize this Wednesday 30 throughout the country in the framework of a national strike called by the Social Unity Platform. In Santiago, the march will start at 11 am with posters and banners from unions, student, environmental and feminist organizations. Mobilizations  … 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

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

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

Plastic waste trade: one of the most cynical businesses in the capitalist world

In a matter of hours it will be made known whether proposal to control the management of said waste is approved by the UN or not

“We are calling for an end to all plastic waste trade. We find that some of the developed countries are still trying to dump their waste into other countries. Do not dump your waste into developing nations”, (This is what said on Monday environmental activist Mageswari Sangaralingam of SAM –  … Read more

UN scientific report warns about historic environmental devastation

We need to change the system or face ecological collapse, responds Friends of the Earth International

A scientific report issued on Monday states that the natural world is in a dire situation and that human actions have significantly altered nature in different parts of the world. “Human actions threaten more species with global extinction now than ever before. Around 1 million species already face extinction, many  … Read more

“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

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