Against All Odds – the Perils of Fighting for Natural Resource Justice

(A Review of the CIVICUS/PYWP report by Alicia Aleman Arrastio) According to a recent report by the World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) and the global coalition Publish What You Pay (PWYP), the fight for justice in mining is becoming increasingly perilous as democracy is weakening worldwide. International solidarity is more necessary than ever: we … More Against All Odds – the Perils of Fighting for Natural Resource Justice

Jesuits Support Campaign for Canadian Ombudsman on Mining

Jesuit organisations around the world have lent their weight to a campaign in support of the creation of a Canadian ombudsman office to receive complaints concerning the overseas operations of Canadian extractive companies. The Canadian government has previously indicated it is giving serious consideration to establishing such an office. The campaign is being spearheaded by … More Jesuits Support Campaign for Canadian Ombudsman on Mining

Educational Material Exposes the War Concealed in Our Electronic Devices

(By Boshra Yazahmeidi) Teachers of primary and secondary school as well as adult education programs now have access to engaging content, exercises, and activities that raise student awareness of the origins of the products they consume. The main products under focus in these educational materials are mobile phones, tablets, and computers. What many don’t know … More Educational Material Exposes the War Concealed in Our Electronic Devices

Human Rights Case Proceeds for World’s Largest Carbon Emitters

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) made history in July by calling an investigation into the human rights violations of 47 of the world’s largest cement, oil, coal, and mining companies through their contribution to climate change. As part of the investigation, the CHR requested the companies to comment … More Human Rights Case Proceeds for World’s Largest Carbon Emitters

Mining Firm’s $250m Claim against El Salvador Dismissed

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) A multinational mining company that sued the tiny Central American country of El Salvador $250m for refusing to let it mine for gold has had its claim dismissed by the World Bank tribunal. In addition, the mining company has been ordered to pay $8m towards the $12m legal costs incurred by the … More Mining Firm’s $250m Claim against El Salvador Dismissed

Non-Judicial Mechanisms Alone Are Not Sufficient For Redress

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) Non-judicial mechanisms alone are not sufficient for redress, but can still play an important role in supporting communities seeking to protect their human rights. This was a key finding from a 5-year research project that has resulted in the publication of 19 reports. The project concluded that while non-judicial redress mechanisms cannot … More Non-Judicial Mechanisms Alone Are Not Sufficient For Redress

International Criminal Court Expands Priority to Include Cases of Environmental Destruction

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a United Nations-backed court that has historically ruled on cases of genocide and war crimes since it was set up in 2002. However, in what is a positive outcome for environmental defenders, the ICC declared its decision in September to expand its priority cases to include those crimes … More International Criminal Court Expands Priority to Include Cases of Environmental Destruction