Rules for Business

The biggest companies in the world are often implicated in human rights abuses. A man is killed defending his home from a destructive mining project in El Salvador. Hundreds are displaced from their traditional lands to make way for palm oil plantations in Indonesia. Yet many of these crimes go unpunished, due to corruption of […]

Stop Coal Financing in the Asia Pacific

Climate change poses extreme risks to the Asia Pacific region that will endanger the lives and livelihoods of low-income people and people living in poverty. In 2015 in Paris, 194 countries made a commitment that they would drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. But while most nations in […]

Call for Just Solutions for Climate Induced Migrants in Asia Pacific

Countries in the Asia Pacific region are threatened climate change impacts; floods, landslides and severe droughts. Impacts that could fuel a rise in food and water prices, increasing competition and conflicts among communities over depleted resources. The economic impacts could reach further than the agriculture sector, affecting industry and investments. Meanwhile, climate induced migration is […]

Why Sri Lanka Should Ban Single Use Plastics?

Single use plastics around the world have become a major crisis to ecosystems, people and the planet. The Centre For Environmental Justice (CEJ) /Friends of the Earth, Sri Lanka have created a position paper that advocates for the banning of single use plastics and encourages introducing a legislation’s to regulate plastic production and usage. CEJ […]

Safeguarding People and Environment

The Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) have released a new publication on safeguarding people and the environment to minimise the impacts of development projects in Sri Lanka. According to CEJ, Sri Lankan Environmental Impact Assessment processes have not been updated in over 25 years, therefore, they are inadequate to provide the required environmental governance and […]

Oil Palm Expansion in Sri Lanka

Oil palm cultivation is not new to Sri Lanka. Despite public opposition the current government has decided to plant 20,000 Ha in the Kegalla district. Large plantation companies have started uprooting rubber and planting oil palm; destroying the forest patches and killing wild animals that damage the oil palm plants. There was no proper feasibility […]

Defending territories, Defending our lives: Protecting human rights and the environment in Asia Pacific through system change

Every day, peoples and communities across the world come together to take collective action, often fighting for their collective rights, for dignity and for access to resources and their sustainable use. Yet many of these Defenders of Territories and Human Rights are being threatened, suppressed or in extreme cases killed. In the last few years, […]

The Laws of Land Grabs in Asia Pacific

This publication is a joint effort of six member countries of Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific (FOE APac) under the Food Sovereignty Programme of Friends of the Earth International (FOEI). They include the Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR) from Papua New Guinea, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM), Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (WALHI), […]

Does Spring Come To Stolen Forests?

Korean CSOs call on Korean Government and corporations to take immediate measures to stop serious deforestation and human rights violations in the palm oil industry Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM) and Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL) condemn the current practice of human rights violation and environmental destruction prevalent in the palm oil industry […]

Brewing Tension Report

The world can’t resist a good cup of coffee. From 2014 to 2018, there was an increase in coffee consumption worldwide. The coffee trade at the global level reflected this increase. In 2015, the global coffee industry was valued at approximately US$77 billion, with trade accounting for US$66.5 billion. Eager to be part of the […]

Transforming Victoria

A Vision for a Fair and Just Transition Report by Friends of the Earth Melbourne (Australia) There is an urgent climate imperative to transform our economy. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (2018) concludes that, by 2030, global emissions must drop by 45% from their 2010 levels if we are to avoid exposing hundreds […]

Fukushima Today and Japan’s Energy Future 2019

Over eight years have passed since the Fukushima nuclear crisis began. In 2017, evacuation orders were lifted from “evacuation order cancellation preparation zones” and “restricted residence zones.” The evacuation orders had applied to about 81,000 residents in eleven municipalities that were evacuated shortly after the accident, and in 2017 they were lifted in about 70% […]

A Briefing on the Belt and Road Initiative

Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific have released a position paper regarding the Belt Road Initiative. The paper discusses:1. What is the Belt Road Initiative;2. Why the Belt Road Initiative;3. Who is funding, implementing and campaigning on the Belt Road Initiative; 4. How to address the Belt Road Initiative. According to Sun Xuezhen, Department of […]

Why Gender Justice and Dismantling Patriarchy?

Friends of the Earth sees system change as crucial for the transformation of our societies. We recognise gender justice and the dismantling of patriarchy as key to achieving this transformative change. This new booklet from Friends of the Earth International includes reflections and stories from different regions, and explores how gender inequality and injustice impact women in our organisations and how patriarchy […]

Anti–nuclear resistance in Russia: problems, protests, reprisals

Russian Social Ecological Union (RSEU) have released a report which highlights a collection of events and details about the resistance to Rosatom’s pollution of the environment and violation of human rights. Social and environmental conflicts created by Rosatom have been left unresolved for years, while at the same time, environmental defenders who have raised these issues, […]

A Briefing on Longxing 629: A case of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities and related human rights abuses on a tuna longliner

Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing activities have been among the most critical threats to marine ecosystems. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recognised the threat and announced the International Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate IUU Fishing (IPOA-IUU) in 2001. However, we are still witnessing serious IUU fishing activities nearly 20 years […]

THE COAL AGENDA: Mayur Resources and the push to start a coal industry in PNG

Pacific Island states are some of the most vulnerable nations in the world when it comes to the impact of climate change. As yet, none of the Pacific Island States have any operational coal mines of coal-fired power stations. However, this could all soon change. Mayur Resources Ltd (MRL) is an ASX-listed company that is […]