Human Rights

Guardians of nature in the Congo Basin

Sophie Grange-Chamfray, Knowledge & Learning Manager at Synchronicity Earth, dives into the importance of local communities and Indigenous Peoples as guardians of nature, and the historical importance of the acceptance in the first instance of a proposed law to promote and protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Democratic Republic of Congo in [...]

By |2022-06-15T05:36:51+00:00December 16th, 2020|Approach, Community, Congo Basin, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples|Comments Off on Guardians of nature in the Congo Basin

Human rights advocate killed in DRC palm oil conflict

Synchronicity Earth is deeply saddened to report the death of Joël Imbangola Lunea, a human rights advocate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The following contains extracts from the press release published by Synchronicity Earth’s partner Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN) and human rights organisation RIAO-RDC. The full article can be read here.A member [...]

By |2019-07-23T09:29:08+00:00July 23rd, 2019|Advocacy, Community, Congo Basin, Human Rights|Comments Off on Human rights advocate killed in DRC palm oil conflict

Rubber plantation halts deforestation on the edge of one of Africa’s largest rainforests

The world’s largest rubber processor has called for a ‘cease and desist’ on deforestation in a rubber plantation approaching the edge of Cameroon’s Dja Biosphere Reserve. This is in response to a statement from local communities and pressure from international NGOs about unsustainable environmental practices, lack of transparency, and negative impacts on local communities. [...]

By |2019-07-04T10:54:12+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Community, Congo Basin, Forests, Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples|Comments Off on Rubber plantation halts deforestation on the edge of one of Africa’s largest rainforests

When our land is free, we’re all free

By Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor and Jacinta Fay A blog by Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor and Jacinta Fay. Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor is a campaigner on Community Rights and the founder of the Sustainable Development Institute/Friends of the Earth, Liberia. Jacinta Fay is a community worker and campaigner for the Community Rights and Corporate Governance Programme of the [...]

By |2018-08-31T15:32:20+00:00May 8th, 2014|Advocacy, Community, Human Rights|2 Comments

Violence increasing towards Environmental Human Rights Defenders

This morning I woke up to the sad news that Emmanuel de Merode, Chief Warden for Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in hospital in a stable, but serious condition after being shot in an ambush whilst travelling from Goma to Rumungabo (where national park headquarters are based). Our [...]

By |2018-08-31T17:26:19+00:00April 16th, 2014|Advocacy, Environment, Human Rights|0 Comments

Mapping for Rights in the Congo Basin

Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) recently launched Mapping for Rights, a web-based tool developed to improve forest governance in the Congo Basin. What is it? Mapping for Rights provides geographical information on the presence of indigenous peoples and other forest communities in the Congo Basin; it maps their rights and their use of forests. It [...]

By |2018-08-31T15:58:45+00:00December 19th, 2013|Congo Basin, Forests, Human Rights|0 Comments