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Apr 06, 2011

Home of respected Colombian Professor raided

by PhilLee — last modified Apr 06, 2011 04:36 PM
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Friends of the Earth International is greatly concerned by the news of a raid, by the Colombian army, on the house of Mario Mejia Gutierrez, a well-known Professor of Latin American Agroecology. We have been informed that a group of 70 Colombian military personnel participated in the raid. They caused severe damage to the property.

Mario Mejia GutierrezMario Mejía has become a leader of the Latin American agroecology and environmental movement because of his contributions in developing an agroecological way that respects environmental and cultural heritage. His publications are read by many.

In his home in San Antonio, Valle del Cauca, Professor Mario Mejia has developed the important work of protecting the water springs that provide drinking water to nearly 35 families. In addition he's been involved in reforestation work, a rural school, and workshops for peasant groups. Thousands of people have visited his house in order to learn environmentally friendly practices.

With his own resources he's built lodgings, dry toilets and wooden stoves which were seriously damaged by the raid.

We demand the Colombian authorities investigate these incidents and guarantee the human rights of the Professor, and those he works with, and that he is compensated for the damage caused to his property.

international petition on radiological impact of Fukushima disaster

by PhilLee — last modified Apr 06, 2011 03:04 PM

Japanese NGOs and citizens are calling on the international community to sign a petition, that will be presented to the Japanese government, calling for greater measures to protect and compensate people from the radiological impact of the Fukushima disaster

The petition is available to sign on the Green Action Japan website, one of the NGOs Friends of the Earth Japan is working with.

Sign the petition now!

The petition calls for the Japanese government to:

  1. Immediately issue a directive to evacuate and enlarge the evacuation zone.
  2. Calculate and publicise the total cumulative radiation dose local residents are receiving.
  3. Repeal the upward revision of the maximum permissible radiation dose (250 milliSieverts) for emergency-response workers at the Fukushima plant.
  4. Expand the scope of radiation monitoring and publicise the results.
  5. Undertake immediately a comprehensive survey of the radiation exposure and current state of health of local residents and provide for their long-term health care.
  6. Do not relax the provisional standards governing the maximum permissible levels of radionuclides in food.
  7. Provide compensation for damages to farm and dairy producers and to people who have been forced to relocate.
  8. Generally, take all measures necessary to ensure that members of the public do not receive radiation doses greater than 1 milliSievert per annum.