Human Rights


Friends of the Earth Bangladesh calls for independent investigation into coal plant workers police shooting

“As an environmental organization, we hope that this project will get canceled”, BELA's lawyer said.

It has been a month since police opened fire on a workers peaceful demonstration at the under-construction Banshkhali Coal Power plant in Bangladesh. They were defending their worker’s rights and payment of their overdue salary. “They were protesting because of their underwages, disgusting working conditions and also because they want  … Read more

Pressure on the WTO for Intellectual Property waiver on COVID vaccine

Interview with intellectual property lawyer Sangeeta Shashikant from Third World Network

“Today high income countries are vaccinating 25 times faster than the lowest income countries,” warned the Coordinator of the Development and Intellectual Property Programme at Third World Network (TWN), Sangeeta Shashikant, on Thursday. “Intellectual property waivers are a must in the context of a pandemic,” she added in an interview  … Read more

African Peoples Tribunal demands a radical shift in the way transnational corporations operate

“This was a trend-setting event,” says Amos Yesutanbul Nkpeebo from Friends of the Earth Ghana

The African Peoples Tribunal, organised in Lagos and online by Friends of the Earth Africa, saw testimonies on cases from 10 African countries. The 24-28 November event ended with a call on governments to urgently ensure that human rights are respected and protected. It also denounced the collusion between governments  … Read more

New report makes ten proposals for how to pay for the covid-19 pandemic and a just transition

Interview with Ben Tippet, researcher from TNI and author of the report

“The world is currently facing a series of existential and interlocking crises… But as we know from the long history of inequality that exists in the world, people won’t suffer these crises equally, some are already bearing the brunt much more than others, and it is predominantly those in the  … Read more

South African organisations urge government to investigate murder of anti-mining activist

Interview with Robby Mokgalaka from groundWork-Friends of the Earth South Africa

Mama Fikile Ntshangase was shot dead at her home in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal province, by four gunmen on 22 October. She was Vice-Chairperson of a sub-committee of the Mfolozi Community Environmental Justice Organisation (MCEJO) and actively opposed the expansion of the Tendele coal mine near her home. “We feel that she  … Read more

The peasant struggle amid the COVID-19 pandemic

On the International Day of Peasants' Struggle, organizations promote Food Sovereignty as a solution in the world we want to build

April 17, International Day of Peasants’ Struggle, is a special day celebrated by rural organizations around the world, usually with demonstrations, conferences, demands addressed to governments, and other activities. But of course, this year, the COVID-19 pandemic is severely limiting the room for action. For this reason, the international peasant  … Read more

Meeting for new UN framework to protect biodiversity to be held in Italy

Organizations warn of low ambition, false solutions and lack of attention on the true culprits of environmental devastation

Environmental federation Friends of the Earth International reaffirms its concern over the lack of ambition in the new framework currently under negotiation at the UN, which will set the basis for the protection of biodiversity globally from 2020 to 2030. A Friends of the Earth International delegation will participate in  … Read more

Bukele: brutality and bullying typical of 20th century dictators

CESTA-Friends of the Earth El Salvador repudiates the actions of President Nayib Bukele who threatened to take over Parliament

On the afternoon of Sunday 9 February, President Nayib Bukele entered the Legislative Assembly Hall of El Salvador escorted by armed military officers and members of the Civil National Police. He alleged that he was attending a special meeting of the Legislative Assembly which, under his mandate, the Council of  … Read more

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

“We are willing to give our lives if necessary to bring democracy back”

Interview with the National Coordinator of the Bolivian Landless Movement

“Neither bullets nor repression will silence the indigenous peasant movement” stated the National Coordinator of the Landless Indigenous Peasant Workers Movement of Bolivia (MST-B), Silvestre Saisari. “We have gone back to the times of the Inquisition, when they colonized you with the Bible and swords”, he added. Real World Radio  … Read more