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Friends of the Earth International press releases.
 

Governments Urged to Limit Weed Killer Found in Humans

WASHINGTON DC / BRUSSELS (BELGIUM) June 17, 2013 – Friends of the Earth International today urged governments around the world to limit the use of the weed killer glyphosate, after laboratory test results released last week showed that people across 18 European countries have traces of the weed killer in their bodies. [1]

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El Salvador: Tourism Projects Threaten Mangroves and Communities

SAN SALVADOR (EL SALVADOR), June 5, 2013 – A proposal by the Salvadoran government to develop tourism projects along the country’s coastline threatens mangrove forests and local communities, says Friends of the Earth El Salvador / CESTA and social organizations and communities of Bajo Lempa in El Salvador.

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Free Trade and Investment Agreements Under Fire By Civil Society

WASHINGTON (DC), May 27, 2013 – Immediately following the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations in Lima, Peru [1] Friends of the Earth International announced its support for a statement signed by 130 civil society organisations criticizing the International Investment Agreements.

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European Banks and Pension Funds Fuel Land Grabs in Uganda

KAMPALA (UGANDA) / BRUSSELS (BELGIUM) May 21, 2013 – European banks and pension funds are funding palm oil giant Wilmar International, a company implicated in land grabbing in Uganda, according to new research released today. [1]

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Everest 'Climbing for Climate Justice' Expedition Aims to Break World Records

KATHMANDU (NEPAL) May 8, 2013 – A Nepalese expedition 'Climbing for Climate Justice' led by four-time world record climber Pemba Dorje Sherpa will ascend Mount Everest (Nepal) from May 10, 2013.

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World Bank Must End Support for Honduran Palm Oil Company Implicated in Dozens of Murders

WASHINGTON (DC), MARCH 19 2013 -- Today several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) condemned a statement by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, IFC [1] which defends the record of a Honduran palm oil company, Grupo Dinant, implicated in dozens of murders as well as other human rights abuses. The IFC statement explicitly admits to supporting training for the company’s armed security guards.

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Land grabs and human rights violations exposed in Liberia ahead of global development summit

MONROVIA, LIBERIA, February 1st, 2013 – Palm oil companies are grabbing more than 1.5 million acres of land in Liberia and are violating the human rights of local communities, warn Liberian NGOs including Friends of the Earth Liberia (SDI - Sustainable Development Institute), Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU) and Social Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Development (SESDev).

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Dutch Court ruling against Shell a partial victory

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS, January 30, 2013 – Today a Dutch court ruled that Shell Nigeria is responsible for polluting farmlands in a landmark case brought by four Nigerian farmers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands.

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Social and environmental organizations expose new trade agreements between the EU and Central America, Peru, Colombia

BRUSSELS (BELGIUM), SAN JOSE (COSTA RICA), December 11, 2012 – Today, in response to the European Parliament’s passing of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Colombia and Peru, and an Association Agreement with Central America, social and environmental organizations warn in a public statement [1] about the negative impacts of these agreements on the people and the environment [2].

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Doha climate talks: Industrialised countries block climate action

DOHA, QATAR, December 8, 2012 – Friends of the Earth International has strongly condemned the governments of industrialised countries for blocking action on the climate crisis at a failed UN climate summit in Qatar.

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Investors must stop land grabbing, say civil society groups

LONDON (UK), November 30, 2012 – Major farmland investors such as banks and pension funds must stop facilitating land grabs, say civil society groups [1] on the eve of a global farmland investment conference in London on 3-5 December. [2]

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New Report: Smartphones devastating Indonesian island people, forests, and corals

LONDON (UK) / BANGKA (INDONESIA) 24 November 2012 – Smartphones sold by best-selling brands almost certainly contain tin from a paradise island in Indonesia where tin mining is destroying forests and farmland, choking coral reefs and devastating many communities, according to a new Friends of the Earth investigation released today: ‘Mining for Smartphones: the True Cost of Tin’ [1]

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UN Climate Talks: Urgent Progress Still Not in Sight

DOHA, QATAR, 23 November 2012 – While delegates from around the world prepare to meet for the annual United Nations climate talks in Doha next week, Friends of the Earth International expressed strong concerns over the continued lack of progress by developed countries which are supposed to take the lead to stop climate devastation and avoid catastrophic climate change [1].

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International Mission in Guatemala and El Salvador: 'Transnational corporations pillage natural resources and violate human rights'

SAN SALVADOR (EL SALVADOR), November 19, 2012 - An international mission organized by environmental federation Friends of the Earth International in Guatemala and El Salvador has verified systematic human rights violations and criminalization of environmental activists and communities resisting mining and hydroelectric projects.

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FoEI Chair Nnimmo Bassey Awarded 2012 Rafto Prize for Human Rights

BERGEN (NORWAY) / LAGOS (NIGERIA), November 4, 2012 – Friends of the Earth International, the world's largest federation of grassroots environmental organisations, is proud to announce that its chair, Nnimmo Bassey, who is also Executive Director of Friends of the Earth Nigeria [1], received the 2012 Rafto Prize for Human Rights [2] in Norway on November 4.

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UN Biodiversity Talks Favor False Solutions to Biodiversity Crisis

HYDERABAD, INDIA, October 19, 2012 - After two weeks of talks, the United Nations Biodiversity Conference [1] comes to a close here today with Friends of the Earth International criticizing negotiators for focusing on false solutions to biodiversity loss and favoring corporate polluters over people and the planet.

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Food Crisis Talks: Governments Should Scrap Biofuels, Not Push GM Crops

ROME (ITALY) / LONDON (UK), October 16, 2012 – As Governments gather in Rome today, World Food Day, to discuss the global food price crisis, Friends of the Earth International warns in a new report [1] that agriculture donors such as the United States and United Kingdom are pumping money into genetically modified (GM) crops at the cost of farming methods better suited to tackling hunger.

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Biodiversity Talks Should Oppose 'Financialization' of Nature

HYDERABAD, INDIA, October 12, 2012 - While ministers start gathering here ahead of a second week of United Nations Biodiversity talks [15-19 October], preparing to discuss where to garner billions of dollars needed to preserve global biodiversity, Friends of the Earth International warns against Nature being ' financialized' (being given a price, bought, sold, and converted in financial mechanisms), which many multinational corporations are lobbying for.

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30 January: Verdict Expected in Court Case on Oil Giant Shell's Nigerian Oil Pollution

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS, OCTOBER 11, 2012 -- For the first time in history, a Dutch court verdict is expected about the case of a European company, Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell, which appeared in court today to account for damage it caused abroad, says Friends of the Earth International. [1]

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Nnimmo Bassey To Be Awarded Rafto Prize for Human Rights

Nnimmo Bassey To Be Awarded Rafto Prize for Human Rights

BERGEN (NORWAY) / LAGOS (NIGERIA), September 27, 2012 – Friends of the Earth International chair Nnimmo Bassey [1] will be the recipient of this year's Rafto Prize for Human Rights. Friends of the Earth International is proud of Nnimmo and his award.

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