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.
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 just
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
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.
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" 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.
Sign a petition to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee urging them to take action against the construction of the Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River. It would impact the right to food and water of thousands of people, and threaten endangered species, the ancient town of Hasankeyf in Turkey, and the Iraqi Marshlands.
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.
Protecting rivers and defending the rights of the communities that depend on them.
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