Philippines: Violence against peaceful blockade of illegal nickel mine
On the Philippine island of Palawan, a peaceful, authorized blockade against an illegal nickel mine was violently broken up by police and the company’s security forces.
Ecuador: Local people triumph over copper mine
A great victory for the life, nature and biodiversity of the Intag region in Ecuador: A court finally annulled the environmental permit for a copper mine project.
French Guiana: EU rejects derogation for biomass power plants in the Amazon rainforest
Thanks to united protests, the EU has rejected a derogation for the construction of biomass power plants in the rainforest of French Guiana.
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Indonesia: Violations of traditional forest rights in Papua
Indigenous people in Indonesia have a constitutional right to land. However, an example from Boven Digoel, Papua, shows how difficult it is to enforce.
Brazil: Stop land grabbing and violence for “fair and sustainable” palm oil!
Palm oil from the Brazilian company Agropalma is supposedly organic, fair trade and sustainable, yet many of the plantations are likely on illegally appropriated land.
Brazil: RSPO certification suspended for Agropalma oil palm plantations
Courts in Pará, Brazil, have ruled that the palm oil company Agropalma has illegally and fraudulently appropriated a large part of the land it claims.
Ecuador: Killing of activist Eduardo Medúa – Indigenous people accuse government and state oil company
The killers of Eduardo Medúa and those who hired them must be brought to justice. No to oil drilling in the Indigenous territories in the Amazon rainforest!
Guatemala: Stop the palm oil industry’s violence against the Maya!
Conflicts arising from land grabbing and pollution by the palm oil and nickel industries are leading to violence against the Maya people.
SLAPP lawsuit against Rainforest Rescue struck down
After more than three years, a lawsuit filed against Rainforest Rescue before the Regional Court in Hamburg, Germany, has ended – not with a bang but with a whimper.
Oil boom in Africa: “End economic colonization!”
The planned EACOP pipeline and two other oil projects are threatening people and the environment in Uganda, including Murchison Falls National Park.
Sumatra: rangers injured by tiger in Leuser Ecosystem
Protecting Sumatran forests as a ranger is a dangerous job: In late January, a team of four rangers supported by Rainforest Rescue was attacked by a tiger.
Brazil: genocide of the Yanomami people uncovered
The Yanomami people in the Amazon rainforest are dying of introduced diseases, starvation and mercury poisoning. The new Brazilian government is intervening.
Kinipan village chief acquitted
Indonesia’s Supreme Court has rejected the trumped-up charges against the village chief of Kinipan, Willem Hengki. This is a victory for all defenders of Borneo’s forests.
Stronger protections put in place for pangolins and elephants
Elephants and pangolins are now better protected than ever before. Hundreds of thousands signed our petitions calling for stronger conservation laws.
Brazil: Rainforest Rescue petition leads to federal police investigation
Indigenous people in Brazil face harrassment, eviction and even death for defending their forests against loggers, cattle ranchers, agribusiness and mining companies.