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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Internationalist solidarity with the Guaraní Kaiowá peoples

ISS Guaraní Kaiowá peoplesBrazil

Condemnation of the Guapoy Massacre in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil Friends of the Earth International resolutely condemns the 24 June massacre of Guaraní Kaiowá Indigenous Peoples by military police from Mato Grosso do Sul state in Brazil, during an illegal eviction in the Tekoha Guapoy Mirin Tujury indigenous territory. The eviction took place in…

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

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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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Friends of the Earth International statement on Ukraine

As a Federation fighting for justice and peace across the globe, Friends of the Earth International strongly condemns the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. As Russian troops push further into Ukraine, our member groups around the world are horrified to witness the growing impact on civilians and the environment.   War is the worst thing…

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A Deadly Ring of Coal: VALE’s poisoned gift to Mozambique

15 years ago, when the Mozambican government signed a contract with mining giant VALE, almost everybody in Mozambique believed that coal would develop the country. This investigation exposes part of the destruction that VALE Moçambique is preparing to leave behind now that it has announced an agreement to sell its projects to Vulcan Minerals for…

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Internationalist Solidarity with Wadas

On Tuesday 8 February 2022, 250 police officers and military personnel infiltrated the village of Wadas, located in Bener District in the southern part of Central Java, Indonesia. The officers arrived without warning, armed with shields, weapons and police dogs, claiming that they were there oversee the operations of Purworejo Land Agency (BPN Purworejo), a…

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