Civic Space Under Threat

by Alicia Aleman Arrastio A long and bloody shadow of violence and poverty covers the history of many resource-rich countries. That shadow has also been named a curse by some authors, the media and part of the public opinion: the natural resources curse. According to that thinking, the richer a country is in natural resources … More Civic Space Under Threat

Lack of access to justice for Bougainville

(by Kimberly Fraser)  In June of this year Rio Tinto cut its ties with Bougainville by divesting itself of its majority shareholding in Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL). The company split its shares between the Papua New Guinea Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government, ensuring that both parties now have an equal share of 36.4 per … More Lack of access to justice for Bougainville

Record Number of Land and Environmental Defenders Killed in 2015

A recent report by Global Witness has revealed that more than three people were killed every week in 2015 trying to protect their land, water, and forests through peaceful actions. Mining was the industry most linked with the killings and the 2015 death toll was 70% higher than the previous year.   Indigenous people were the worst … More Record Number of Land and Environmental Defenders Killed in 2015