It’s been six years since the socio-environmental conflict known as the ‘Aymarazo’ in Peru, a mobilization that happened in the province of Puno in 2011, against the mining project ‘Santa Ana’, owned by the Canadian company Bear Creek Mining Corporation. Read more
27 June | Interviews
Berta Cáceres was murdered in March, 2016, for fighting against the establishment of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project on the Gualcarque River, a sacred place for the Lenca indigenous community she belonged to. Today, her murder is still unpunished and her community is living under serious threats which have been worsening in the past weeks. But this week they demanded the authorities to protect the Lenca people of Rio Blanco and proceed against those who threaten it. Read more
26 June | Interviews
US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, congratulated last week the Honduran government for ensuring the respect for human rights. Far from it, Honduran people are experiencing oppression by economic, political and military powers and the permanent violation of their rights. Juan Almendarez, of the Madre Tierra Movement – Friends of the Earth Honduras, said that Tillerson´s statements are “a big lie” and called for Latin American unity. Read more
In July, La Via Campesina International will hold its 7th International Conference, the movement's highest decision-making forum, an extremely significant event in the current context. Real World Radio will be present in Derio, Basque Country, covering the activities. Read more
The pressure in the framework of the UN in favor of guiding principles on business and human rights is quite strong, said Karin Nansen, Chair at Friends of the Earth International. “But we have seen that these guiding principles don't work in reality and the will never work, because they are voluntary principles, and it is up to corporations to follow them or not”. Read more
The actions by transnational corporations against the rights of countries and communities, together with the militarization of the territories and the criminalization of social protests are escalating. A Binding Treaty that forces corporations to comply with human rights principles is urgently needed, according to the representatives of several organizations who participated in a side event, held in parallel to the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Read more
Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean - ATALC - and Friends of the Earth International - FoEI Read more
6 June | Interviews
In 2015, a woman died every 36 hours in Argentina. Currently, a woman dies every 26 hours. That´s why thousands of women took to the streets on Saturday in several cities of the country to warn about this serious issue and demand public policies that protect them and put an end to femicides. Read more
Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) already has a delegation in Geneva, Switzerland, to show the new regular session of the UN Human Rights Council –to take place from June 6th – 23rd, the widespread support to the negotiations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights, under negotiation in this multilateral framework.
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