Sri Lanka: debt crisis and the fall of a nation

Protests at Gotagogama in front of the Presidential Secretariat © Diwanka Randula Podduwage

Hemantha Withanage, Chair of Friends of the Earth International, explores the dynamics that led to protests in his country — from an international debt crisis to rampant hunger, poverty, and political turmoil, caused by an undemocratic, neoliberal regime. After over 100 days of public protest, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa finally resigned on 14 July…

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Warning for Shell’s board members

Woman makes a stop sign with her hand covered in petrol

Shell’s Board members warned to act on climate case verdict almost one year later Amsterdam, 25 April 2022. Today Friends of the Earth Netherlands/Milieudefensie sent a letter to Shell’s Board of directors pointing to their personal responsibility in not acting on the climate case verdict and continuing to violate human rights by causing dangerous climate…

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Colombia: Complaint to UN mechanisms about the violation of peasants’ rights 

Illustration of an indigenous parent and child in Colombia by Angie PIk

(Geneva, April 21, 2022) – Civil society organisations, La Via Campesina, CETIM, Friends of the Earth International, FIAN International and FENSUAGRO, submitted a report to the UN special mechanisms to denounce the violations and repression against the Colombian peasantry, in particular the persecution of the National Agricultural Trade Union Federation (FENSUAGRO)[1]. The issue of access to…

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Alarm that IPCC WGIII report on climate mitigation accepts overshoot of 1.5°C

Rampal power plant Bangladesh_Luka Tomac

Alarm that IPCC WGIII report on climate mitigation accepts overshoot of 1.5°C and relies on unproven technofixes that won’t curb runaway climate change Amsterdam, April 4, 2022 – Once again, the IPCC’s findings have become a political battleground. Climate justice campaigners fear that climate scientists’ core message – that we must make an urgent just…

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