Human Rights


The peasant struggle amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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 movement La Vía Campesina, which gathers local rural organizations at…

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

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 the second meeting of the Open Ended Working Group of…

Bukele: brutality and bullying typical of 20th century dictators

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 Ministers had convened for that day. The “special reason”, of…

International Human Rights Day: cases of serious violations across Asia

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 “Defending the territories, defending our lives”. It includes seven stories…

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

“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 interviewed Silvestre on Monday, eight days after the coup d´état…

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 communications work following the agenda of popular forces in the…

Chile mobilizes for peace, solidarity and dignity

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 have been taking place, uninterrupted, since October 18, when students…

Historic legal action against Total in France for operations in Uganda

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 drilling, Total evicted approximately 5000 people from their lands, before…

5th Session of UN negotiations on Binding Treaty and Human Rights came to an end

The negotiations of the UN Human Rights Council Working Group towards a legally Binding Treaty on transnational corporations and human rights abuses perpetrated by them drew to a close Friday in Geneva, Switzerland. Several social movements and organizations, gathered in the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, welcomed the advance of the process. Nevertheless, they expressed concern…

Threats and abuses of the growing gas industry in Mozambique

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 in their exploration and construction stages, are already displacing local…