22 July | Videos
As casualties mount in Gaza, FoEI remembers its 2013 solidarity mission to the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the human rights violations and environmental devastation they observed. Though the current brutal conflict has gained international attention once again, the abnormal governance and repressive policies of the Israeli government have also created a grave and permanent social and environmental situation in Palestinethat demands international solidarity.
The Colombian social sphere faced a dilemma in the framework of the second electoral round held in May, where a large part of social movements supported the re-election of Juan Manuel Santos, winner in the end, understanding that he, at least, ensured the continuation of a peace dialogue agenda with the leftist insurgent forces, both the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN).
22 July | Interviews
“The problems faced by Costa Rican indigenous people are not new, they have been present their entire lives” said Sergio Rojas, leader of the National Indigenous Peoples Front in an interview with Real World Radio about the recent attack suffered by one of the eight Costa Rican indigenous peoples, the Bribri people, in Salitre Indigenous Territory, to the south of Costa Rica.
On Friday, dozens of organizations and social movements from all over the world met on Margarita Island, Venezuela, for the International Preparatory Meeting for the Social Pre-COP on Climate Change, issued a letter of solidarity with the people of Gaza, Palestine and to condemn the Israeli attacks.
The leader of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), Miriam Miranda, and another twenty members of the community were kidnapped by paramilitary forces in Vallecito, in Colon department. Community members managed to rescue them.
A demonstration against the Israeli attacks on Gaza and to demand action by the international community to defend Palestinian citizens was held on Tuesday, 15th July, in Montevideo, Uruguay. The campaign to boycott Israeli companies was mentioned during the demonstration as part of the resistance.
Organizations providing accompaniment to threatened human rights and environmental defenders in Guatemala are facing increasing intimidation by the Otto Perez Molina administration.
Ten years ago, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) declared the “Apartheid Wall” built in Palestinian Occupied Territories illegal. Meanwhile, the death toll of a new military attack against the Palestinian people has already reached 170. The destruction of family homes and public infrastructure in Gaza has inspired international solidarity and calls by the international community to stop what might be considered a massacre.
Twelve cases, several countries, different fundamental rights violated and the same modus operandi: transnational corporations act in the exact same way when it comes to avoiding responsibilities and duplicating profits.
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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