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Urgent Action launched on water pollution in Ghana

Access to sufficient and safe water is increasingly difficult for Adisakrom and other communities in the areas of Iduapriem, Western Ghana, where AnglaGold Ashanti holds a mining concession. The communities’ right to water is violated by the lack of state protection against the exhaustion of streams, the pollution of remaining water sources and the inadequacy of water coming from the company’s boreholes. Read and take part in the Urgent Action ...

Urgent Action launched on severe undernourishment in India

Forty-five Yanadi families in Chalivendram village in Muttukuru mandal of Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh suffer hunger and severe undernourishment as a result of destruction of their fishing grounds and loss of means of livelihood due to the construction of the Krishnapatnam Port. The malfunctioning of the public distribution system and non implementation of social security programmes has also worsened the situation of the Yanadis. Read more about this case and support the Yanadis by sending an Urgent Action letter...

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Right to Food and European Elections

Elections to the European Parliament will be held in the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) between the 4th and 7th of June, 2009. The European FIAN Face-It-Act-Now Campaign has asked the political parties and individual candidates regarding their future commitment to promote the Right to Food. The results can now be found on this website. Click here to see our questions to individual candidates and their responses… The following link leads you to our questions to political parties and...

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Guatemala: Harassment of workers illegally dismissed from the Nueva Florencia Farm in 1997

In December 2008 Eswin Ranferí López Castro was intimidated and his house partially destroyed by security personnel of the Ottmar S.A. enterprise, owner of the Nueva Florencia farm, which is located in the Chuvá zone, Colombia Cota Cuca, Quetzaltenango. Mr. López Castro is the speaker for 32 farm workers who were unjustly dismissed in 1997 because they wanted to organize themselves in a labor union and who won all ensuing verdicts up to the Constitutional Court of Guatemala. Notwithstanding, the...

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NGOs Celebrate Historic Adoption of Optional Protocol for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at United Nations

New York, December 10, 2008  The United Nations General Assembly today adopted by consensus an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), establishing  a complaints procedure for violations of economic, social and cultural rights. The adoption of the Optional Protocol represents an historic advance for human rights on the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration.  Forty-two years after a similar mechanism was adopted for civil and political rights, those who suffer from violations of their...

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Philippines: Hundreds of farmer-households threatened by illegitimate dispossession

1741 households of farmers are threatened to be turned landless and destitute. Under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) they had received landholdings of a total of 2074 hectares. This redistribution had been implemented rightfully in accordance with Philippine laws. Now the former landowners try to reclaim the land. Although the claims of these former landowners were officially declared void, several cases of displacement have already taken place. As such, the right to food of the farmer-households is at stake.

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Urgent Action Launched to Support Weavers in Andhra Pradesh, India

Government policies threaten right to food of weavers in Andhra Pradesh The town of Sircilla, with a population of 100,000 persons is a major power loom weaving centre in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh. Handloom weaving developed in Sircilla town in the 1920s. Over time, the skilled weavers of Sircilla developed unique designs and a niche market for their products. The looms gave employment to thousands of people, directly or indirectly. By 1990, the area had 10,000-12,000 power looms (owned by...

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FIAN launches the international campaign FACE IT – ACT NOW!

Brussels 15.10.07. Every day 850 millions of children, women and men go to bed hungry. Millions die every year because of hunger and malnutrition. This is unacceptable in a world of abundance. Food is a human right, recognised by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations, just like the right to freedom of expression or the right to a fair trial. Hungry people are mainly the people who cannot feed themselves, either because of their own food production or...