The largest extractor in the continent: Brazil

Tuesday 14 May 2013

The action of extracting is the appropriation of huge volumes of natural resources or intensive practices that, largely, are exported as raw materials to global markets. It seems to be unnoticed that, according to that definition, the largest extractor in South America is Brazil.

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Continental campaign for the withdrawal of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) , Various, Haiti, 01 June 2013

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Exactly nine years ago, June 1, 2004, the military troops of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), invaded that brother country under the pretext of an allegedly “stabilization” that never happened. Quite the opposite.

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Ecuador: balance of successes and challenges in the area of human rights

Monday 13 May 2013

A new term of power for the government of Rafael Correa will start in a couple of weeks. With the aim of providing our reads with more elements around the context in the country we have been offering in past days an interview to María Augusta Calle, member of the Assembly by Alianza PAIS. Today we are providing a different scope, this time from the perspective of the civil society. Pablo de la Vega, an Ecuadorian and present regional coordinator of the Inter American Platform of Human Rights–PIDDH–, offers us his assessment of the advances and challenges faced by the Revolución Ciudadana, in the sphere of human rights.

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Argentina: Stop the genocide

Monday 13 May 2013

Violence against the community Potae Napocna Navogoh (La Primavera), denunciations against governor Insfrán, the silence of the Lady President and the role of human rights agencies. The indigenous peoples of Argentina will march to Formosa.

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CSO’s appeal to High Level Panel

Friday 10 May 2013

A group of Southern NGOs, including many members of the Social Watch network, is gathering signatures in order to send this letter in the coming days to the members of the High Level Panel that is advising the UN on the content of a future Agenda for Development post-2015. To add your signature to the letter please write to socwatch@socialwatch.org with your name, organization and country.

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Mexico: Half a million displaced persons in a period of 50 years awaits to be noticed in Chiapas

Friday 10 May 2013

The political, religious or social conflicts in Chiapas have resulted in the displacement of around 500,000 people during the last fifty years, according to a report drafted by the United Nations Organization.

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Bolivia: FIDH and APDHB call for the respect of the right of the TIPNIS indigenous communities to a prior, free, informed, concerted and good faith consultation

Wednesday 8 May 2013

In a report published last Thursday, FIDH and the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights in Bolivia (APDHB), recognize the historic progress made in the area of the rights of the indigenous populations in Bolivia. Nonetheless, the same report advocates the Villa Tunari - San Ignacio de Moxos road works remain suspended as long as a proper consultation process is not undertaken with the communities of the Indigenous Territories of the Isiboro Secure National Park (TIPNIS) in order to obtain prior, free and informed consent.

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Forest Offsets in California’s Cap and Trade Program

Wednesday 8 May 2013

We write to urge you to stop the inclusion of international REDD+ offsets (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) into California’s Cap and Trade program. Emissions trading systems have failed to decrease emissions while offset projects have continually disregarded the rights of local communities and are inherently flawed. The undersigned organizations send this letter to warn against including international REDD+ credits which will inevitably worsen environmental and social conflicts.

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International Fact Finding Mission - El Salvador, May 09-13, 2013

Wednesday 8 May 2013

The small country of El Salvador and its citizens are caught up in a David vs. Goliath struggle to defend their rights to water, health and sustainable development. Since the early 2000 as many as 10 transnational mining corporations are seeking to extract gold and other precious minerals buried under its northern mountains which provide the main source of clean water, fresh air and local agricultural production for the country.

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New Complaint Mechanism on Violations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Enters into Force

Monday 6 May 2013

FIAN International celebrates the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR) which will take place on 5 May 2013.

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