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European Investments in Latin America: are they responsible?

Monday 29 April 2013 by Terre des Hommes France

A video realized with the support of Terre des Hommes France, by the Grupo Sur and other european networks after the conference “Aid to the private sector: promoting responsible investments? Latin America as a testing ground” organized on 21 March, at the European Parliament.

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Water for life or for trade? EU : Central America,Colombia and Peru

Tuesday 16 April 2013 by Terre des Hommes France
The trade agreements between the EU, Central America, Colombia and Peru have to be ratified by the parliaments of the 27 Members states of the European Union. After years of discussion on the relevance and impact of these trade agreements, attention is turning to a vital natural resource: (...) > continue

Free trade : agrofuels!

Tuesday 16 April 2013 by Terre des Hommes France
The EU is on the brink of ratifying some trade agreements with Central America countries, Colombia and Peru, which are intended to increase EU importations of basic products such as raw materials devoted to biofuels production. These agreements will aggravate local pressure on natural resources (...) > continue

Free Trade Agreements: Sustainable Development?

Tuesday 16 April 2013 by Terre des Hommes France
Social cohesion is mentioned as a priority in co-operation to development between the UE and Latin America, but the fact that social cohesion is linked to other policies like trading, investment and finance is not recognized. The question is whether the EU and the governments of Latin America (...) > continue

Michelin factory in India: People’s life before profit

Thursday 15 November 2012 by Integrated Rural Development Society -IRDS

Help us to make our voice heard: ask Michelin not to be a party to human rights abuses and to suspend the project. Thank you for signing and sharing this urgent call!

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Methods to claim your rights

Sample cases on housing, land and food rights
Tuesday 31 May 2011

This guide was completed within the framework of the programme for the exchange of experiences on economic, social and cultural rights enforceability approaches coordinated by Terre des Hommes France. It is based on stakeholders’ experiences with various practices, cultures and backgrounds in countries such as the Philippines, India, Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico and Senegal.

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Indigenous Peoples’ Rights versus Large-scale Mining Interest

Case from Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
Tuesday 16 November 2010 by Bernardo D. Larin - PhilRights , Héloise Squelbut

The Philippines is a country rich in metal resources (gold, copper and chromium) and non-metal because it is in the area called "Pacific Ring of Fire". The Philippine Congress with the Mining Act of 1995 has decided to accelerate industrialization and to encourage economic growth. TheMining Act of 1995 is a law on large scale mining and it completely liberalized the mining industry in the Philippines by allowing 100% foreign economic projects. This is contrary to the Constitution of 1987 which prohibits it.

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Thervoy Kandigai Dalits’ Struggle against Special Economic Zone.

En Inde du Sud, le Gouvernement du Tamil Nadu créa en 1971 la SIPCOT, chargée alors de jouer un rôle d’accélérateur, de catalyseur dans le développement de parcs industriels sur le territoire étatique. Dans le contexte de libéralisation économique systématisée à la fin des années 90, la mission de la SIPCOT s’est amplifiée et son volume d’activités a augmenté. En l’espace de trente ans, la SIPCOT a développé 19 parcs industriels, sur une surface foncière de 16, 975 acres, facilitant l’implantation de 1882 usines de production, indiennes et étrangères.

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David v. Goliath: Indian tribe in ‘stunning’ victory over mining giant

Thursday 9 September 2010

A tribe in India has won a stunning victory over one of the world’s biggest mining companies. In an extraordinary move, India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has blocked Vedanta Resources’ controversial plan to mine bauxite on the sacred hills of the Dongria Kondh tribe.

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India: Rejection of Vedanta mine a landmark victory for Indigenous rights

Amnesty International
Wednesday 25 August 2010

Amnesty International has described the Indian government’s decision to reject the bauxite mine project in Orissa’s Niyamgiri Hills as a landmark victory for the human rights of Indigenous communities.

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