26 February | Interviews
Malaysia has for the last months been battling the aftermath of one of the worst floods the country has experienced in the last 30 years. Several environmental groups in Malaysia have called for a suspension on conversions of forestry into plantations and agricultural land, as it worsens the risk of heavy water run-offs. Environmentalists are urging government to protect the forest and wetlands rather than to build dams as solutions to the problems that the annual monsoon floods bring. Shamila Ariffin from Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) - Friends of the Earth Malaysia comments on the severe situation in Malaysia.
Peruvian Congress members, the Pact of Unity, which gathers indigenous and peasant organizations of the country and several social organizations submitted bills to repeal a law and a decree that according to them violate the rights of indigenous organizations which are recognized by international regulations.
19 February | Videos
January 23, 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Florestan Fernandes National School, which focuses on the political education of members of the Landless Rural Peasant Movement (MST) of Brazil.
In 2009, Pacific Rim, a Canadian mining corporation, filed a lawsuit against El Salvador before the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as a response to the Central American country suspending the corporation´s permit to exploit El Dorado mine, in San Isidro, Cabañas department. El Salvador had made this decision after years of opposition by the communities against the gold extraction project.
Today on February 18th 2015, Friends of the Earth Russia calls for a day of solidarity on behalf of environmental activist Evgeny Vitishko, to mark his one-year imprisonment. Vitishko is serving a three-year sentence, allegedly accused of damaging an illegally installed fence belonging to the governor of Krasnodar province. Vitaly Servetnik from Friends of the Earth Russia comments on the unclear motifs behind the imprisonment of Evgeny Vitishko and emphasizes troublesome working conditions for environmental activists in Russia.
11 February | News
Last week the Bodo community in Nigeria came to an agreement with Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary (SPDC). Shell is to pay a settlement agreement of £55 (US$84) million, accepting liability for two oil spills that occurred in 2008. Godwin Ojo, from Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) comments the significance of this settlement while pointing to the critical issue that livelihoods in the communities of the Nigerian delta remain unsustained.
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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