Support Rights of Manipur Communities Threatened with Forced Relocation

Protest by villagers in Chadong
The Government of Manipur is threatening to forcefully evict and relocate the villagers of Chadong and Lamlai Khullen, in the Ukhrul District of Manipur, Northeast India, to make way for the Mapithel Dam. Despite strong objections and protests by affected communities, the forced verification of these two villages began on October 29th, and was accompanied by heavy military deployment.

International Court Finds Guatemala Guilty for Rio Negro Massacres

Carlos Chen Osorio, who lost his wife and two toddler daughters in the massacre, leads the row during the Via Crucis
Carlos Chen Osorio, who lost his wife and two toddler daughters in the massacre, leads the row during the Via Crucis. Photo by James Rodriguez For more than 20 years, the Maya-Achi people displaced by the Chixoy Dam have sought justice for the massacre of their husbands, wives and children that took place during Guatamala's civil war in the early 1980s. Last week their years of effort were finally recognized when the Inter-American Court on Human Rights found Guatemala guilty of the violation of human rights against the communities of Rio Negro. “After so many years struggling to seek justi

Take action for the rights of indigenous peoples threatened by Belo Monte!

Friday, August 24, 2012
This past June during the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff had the nerve to talk about development with "growth, inclusion and protection," while at the same time doing everything in her power to push through construction of the destructive Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon. But the people have taken the case to court, and will continue to do so as many times as they need to in order to stop the Belo Monte Dam and protect the Xingu River. On the afternoon of Friday August 24, the Brazilian Attorney General's Office (AGU) representing President Rousseff filed

Hasta la Victoria: La Parota Dam Cancelled

Families gathered by the Río Papagayo in solidarity against the construction of La Parota Dam for the March 14, 2011 International Day of Action for Rivers.
After nearly 10 years of campaigning, La Parota Dam was officially cancelled. This is an amazing victory for the communities in Mexico – especially the Council of Communal Land Owners and Communities Against Construction of La Parota Dam (CECOP) – who have been fighting the project from the beginning, and the larger movement in Latin America fighting to protect their rivers and human rights.

Indigenous Protestors Maintain Belo Monte Occupation

Word came early this morning that hundreds of indigenous people continue to occupy the Belo Monte Dam construction site.

Amazonian Indigenous Peoples Occupy Belo Monte Dam Site

Friday, June 22, 2012
Altamira, Brazil – Indigenous peoples affected by the controversial Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon have occupied a coffer dam that cuts across channels of the river since June 21.

Letting the Xingu Run Freely

Early this morning, hundreds of people began an occupation of the Belo Monte Dam site near Altamira, Brazil, in the heart of the Amazon. Our Amazon Program Director Brent Millikan is there. Watch a video and see photos of this historic event.

May Day for Rivers

"May Day" is an international distress signal for ships at sea. "May Day for Rivers" is a local distress call in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, to citizens of the uMngeni catchment to help ensure the health of the uMgeni and Msunduzi Rivers and their tributaries.

World Bank – Invest in Truly Renewable Energy, Not Big Dams!

Friday, September 30, 2011
Tell the World Bank to invest in decentralized, sustainable energy. In today's changing climate, we need decentralized and diversified water and energy solutions that can best respond to increasingly unpredictable weather patterns. What we're getting instead is a push for more large dams.

Goldman Prize for Kenyan River Activist Ikal Angelei

Ikal Angelei, the founder of Friends of Lake Turkana in Kenya, received the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2012. The award honored an activist who is defending the interests of 500,000 poor indigenous people against a destructive hydropower dam, and has successfully taken on many of the world’s biggest dam builders and financiers.


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