State violence against environmental activists is not limited to governments such as Guatemala or Mexico. Last October 27, the French police murdered young activist Remi Fraisse amid a protest against the building of the Sivens dam in Gaillac, to the South-West of the country.
There are many types of monoculture plantations in Mexico, including sugarcane and oil palm, which cause important impacts at socioenvironmental level. However, one of the main threats faced by the Mexican people is GM maize, said Evangelina Nuñez of the Collective for Autonomy and the Network in Defense of Maize, in an interview conducted during the "Latin American Meeting on Large-Scale Monoculture Plantations: Land Grabbing and Threats to Biodiversity and Food Sovereignty".
"We don´t know what the company is doing, what causes our suffering, we know nothing", said activist Sherly Hue, from Bukit Koman, Raub District, Pahang State, where a mining company that uses sodium cyanide to extract gold is operating. "We are living in darkness", she expressed.
28 October | Testimonies
Mining-energy megaprojects are plundering and displacing Colombian communities, denounced Isabel Cristina Zureta before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. Isabel was part of the delegation of people affected who travelled to Washington, US, for the hearing that took place on Monday.
Friends of the Earth France is working together with Peuples Solidaires - Action Aid France and CRID for the 7th year organizing the “Sustainable Development Pinocchio Awards”. The awards highlight the social and environmental impacts of the activities of multinational companies, activities that are in clear contradiction with the sustainable development goals that they claim to respect, commitments that additionally are legally non-binding and have thereby proven to be ineffective.
Real World Radio has launched a new short video produced for the Forests and Biodiversity Program of the environmental federation Friends of the Earth International. The video analyzes the financialization of nature and features several activists who have been working on issues linked to the financialization of nature for many years and from different perspectives.
Malaysian activist Bang Seet Ping, member of the Himpunan Hijau group (Green Assembly) organized a boycott campaign against Australian Lynas Corporation, which processes rare earths in the Asian country and produces radioactive material as waste. Almost three years after beginning operations, there isn´t a waste management plan.
22 October | Interviews
Tamara Perelmuter is member of the resistance campaign against the growing influence of agribusiness, seed and agrotoxic transnational corporation Monsanto in Argentina.
In Fall of last year, the relationship between China Union and the community dwellers who live where it operates deteriorated drastically. After a series of public demonstrations which featured community members pleading for the company to live up to its MDA, there was a large strike in the area in October. The ERU was called out to quell the demonstration, which they did by firing live rounds in the air.
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