Extractive industry
Xiomara Castro’s government declares Honduras free of open-pit mining

The initiative, which placed the protection of the environment above the interests of the transnational companies, was celebrated by environmentalists and social organizations across the country

Guapinol environmental defenders released from prison after long battle for freedom

Environmental activists from the Guapinol village in northern Honduras had been arbitrarily detained since 2019 for protesting against a mining project

Chubut governor repeals mining law after days of protest

After five days of anti-mining protests across Argentina’s Chubut province, the provincial governor repealed the law that paved the way for mega-mining in the province, and gave the call for a plebiscite to decide on this matter

State of siege in Guatemala is a threat to human rights

The government has decreed military control for 30 days in the El Estor municipality in response to protests against a mining project in the territory of the Mayan Q’eqchi’ community.

COVID19 in Central Asia COVID-19 shows the need to rebuild public health systems in Central Asian countries

Most of the countries in central Asia have been reluctant to reimpose restrictions due to the economic fallout. This has led to a massive jump in the total number of new infections and deaths in late June and July

212 Land Defenders were killed in 2019

The report published by Global Witness, an NGO based in Washington DC, titled ‘Defending Tomorrow’ stated that over 212 “land defenders” were killed in 21 countries last year.

2019 was the bloodiest year for environmental and land rights activists, says report

Over 212 “land defenders” were killed in the year 2019, says a report by Global Witness, with Colombia and the Philippines accounting for half of those

‘We will coup whoever we want’: Elon Musk and the overthrow of democracy in Bolivia

What role did billionaire Elon Musk and his thirst for lithium play in the coup in Bolivia? Vijay Prashad and Alejandro Bejarano discuss.

Peruvian activists and farmers on trial for protesting against Tía María mining project

District attorney of Arequipa has demanded up to 30 years in jail for all the leaders who opposed the Tía María mining project and led the resistance struggle against it

What is happening in Wet’suwet’en?

In the dark early morning on February 6, 2020, the RCMP violently raided Wet’suwet’en territory in Northern British Columbia, Canada.

Mining giant Vale enjoys impunity as victims suffer in Brumadinho

One year after the Brumadinho dam burst, nearly a million people are continuing to suffer the consequences of the carelessness of mining giant Vale.

One year since the Brumadinho disaster: locals struggle, Vale profits

The mining company has recovered its market value, while 93,000 people affected by dam burst will have relief payments cut in half

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