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Human Rights, Toxic Pollution | 25 April 2017

Lowering Peru’s air quality standards is regressive and harmful to public health

The government of Peru has proposed increasing the legal amount of sulfur dioxide in the air by more than 12 times and doubling the allowed level of particulate matter, substances known to cause...read more

Human Rights, Indigenous Rights, Large Dams | 10 April 2017

Belo Monte Dam must comply with conditions before continuing operations

Last week a federal court in Brazil suspended the operating license of the Belo Monte Dam. Prosecutors said the dam's operating company, Norte Energía, failed to complete basic sanitation works in...read more

Human Rights, Indigenous Rights, Large Dams | 20 March 2017

Attacks against Guatemalan human rights defenders denounced

A coalition of communities and organizations denounced human rights violations against traditional and indigenous communities in Guatemala, at a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human...read more

Oceans | 22 February 2017

AIDA statement on the death of thousands of fish in Costa Rica

The recent mass die-off of anchovy—a species on which birds, marine mammals, and other fish depend for nutrition—must be analyzed in detail. Upon finding the cause, an integrated solution must be...read more

Oceans | 9 February 2017

Costa Rican court issues first criminal sanction against shark finning

In a historic decision, a Puntarenas court convicted a businesswoman for shark finning. The woman had brought shark fins to port separated from the body, a practice illegal in Costa Rica, with...read more

Freshwater Sources | 20 December 2016

World Bank divests from Eco Oro Minerals and mining project in Colombian Páramo

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) – the private lending arm of the World Bank – has decided to divest from Canadian mining company Eco Oro Minerals. The company’s Angostura gold mining...read more

Climate Change, Human Rights | 9 November 2016

Now, more than ever, it’s time to work for our planet

We have a historic responsibility to demonstrate leadership, to find peaceful solutions, and to ensure a brighter future for present and future generations.read more

Freshwater Sources | 26 October 2016

Civil society urges World Bank to withdraw funding from Colombian mining project

Organizations argue that the International Finance Corporation invested in a gold mine without taking into account potential environmental impacts, thereby failing to comply with its own investment...read more

Human Rights, Toxic Pollution | 20 October 2016

Peru begins testing La Oroya residents affected by toxic pollution

In May 2016, the IACHR required the Peruvian State to protect the life and integrity of 14 additional people affected by the heavy pollution of La Oroya’s metal smelter. Just last week, medical...read more

Climate Change | 5 October 2016

New study confirms large dams to be a principle source of greenhouse gas emissions

Researchers from the Washington State University found that the world’s reservoirs generate 1.3 percent of all greenhouse gases produced by humankind.read more

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