Sarayaku wins case
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Sarayaku wins case

Sarayaku wins case in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights but the struggle for prior consent continues. On 25 July 2012, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) – in the case Sarayaku v. Ecuador – ruled in favor of a Kichwa community’s right to consultation prior to industrial projects on their land. Yet despite celebrations that united hundreds of Sarayaku to celebrate the victory on August 12 with hours of revelry,...

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BP Summoned to answer for assault on Mother Earth
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BP Summoned to answer for assault on Mother Earth

The defence of the rights of the sea as an integral part of Mother Earth is being pursued in Ecuador using the Rights of Nature recognised in 2008 Ecuadorian Constitution. This epic action is against the oil company BP that is responsible for the massive environmental disaster inflicted on the Gulf of Mexico starting from 20 April 2010. A collective nine plaintiffs from five countries presented the suit initially in the Constitutional...

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Colombia: Solidarity with Asoquimbo spokesman
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Colombia: Solidarity with Asoquimbo spokesman

We forward the international call in solidarity with Miller Armin Dussan Calderón, ASOQUIMBO spokesman, struggler in defence of the the Quimbo territories against the ENEL hydroelectric project “El Quimbo”, investigated by the Huila Regional Procuration for its commitment with the affected communities. Call for action in solidarity with Miller Armin Dussan Calderón President of the Republic of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos...

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Brutal repression of communities resistence against megamining project in Cajamarca, Peru
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Brutal repression of communities resistence against megamining project in Cajamarca, Peru

Update on the violent repression of communities protest against megamining project in Cajamarca, Peru that costed the lives of 5 activists, numerous injured and arrests. Fifth fatality in Cajamarca: police denied medical care José Antonio Sánchez Huamán (29) died this morning in a Cajamarcan hospital. He was shot by police forces during an anti-Conga protest in Celendín two days ago. This morning, he died from his injuries. The...

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Rio +20 – A failed Summit
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Rio +20 – A failed Summit

[by Giuseppe De Marzo for Il Manifesto of 22 June] Elusive, with no ambition, no concrete commitments and no funding. This is the future that we don’t want, but that they would like to impose. Rio minus 20, and nothing like Rio +20. The International Earth Summit gave birth to a final document that gave satisfaction only to big corporations that are responsible for environmental destruction. A victory for liberal governance and...

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Rio, Brazil: Killing of human rights defenders
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Rio, Brazil: Killing of human rights defenders

On 24 and 25 June 2012 the bodies of human rights defenders Mr Almir Nogueira de Amorim and Mr João Luiz Telles Penetra were found following their disappearance on 23 June 2012. Almir Nogueira de Amorim and João Luiz Telles Penetra, or “Pituca” as he was known, were both leaders of the Associação Homens do Mar – AHOMAR (Association of Sea Men) which was set up in 2009 to defend the rights of the fisher-folk working in Rio...

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