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Defending the jungles, mountains, forests and rivers of Latin America has never been this dangerous. Six of the ten most hostile countries for leaders and communities defending the environment and their ancestral lands are located in Latin America, according to UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst’s 2016 report to United Nations. This is why 50 journalists, developers and photo/videographers from ten countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela) teamed up to document to report on episodes of violence against environmental leaders and their communities. The result is this special investigative project with a database compiling 2,367 attacks spanning eleven years (2009-2019) and 29 in-depth stories on individual cases.

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Reading time: 3 minutes On Monday, October 14, 2019, indigenous communities joined to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the United States. Native activists and non-native allies work nationwide to reframe the narrative from colonialism to indigenous cultural heritage and resistance. To further the movement, here is a resource round-up of ten indigenous rights organizations you should know about.  The…

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Transparentem is a discreet, non-profit unit that illuminates supply chains and spurs eradication of human and environmental abuses. We use frontline investigative reporting and forensic methods in compliance with international ethical standards.

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This guide (guide 1) explains how communities can prepare for interactions with potential investors, including making decisions about whether or not to negotiate.

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This guide (guide 2) contains advice for communities who have agreed to negotiate with a potential investor. It is designed to help communities and their frontline advocates to negotiate clear, fair, and enforceable contracts that require investors to respect community interests.

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Reading time: 2 minutes The Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas) is an online, interactive platform centered on a visual display of thousands of socio-environmental conflicts. From deforestation and palm oil plantations in the Amazonia of Peru to the endangered corals in Okinawa, Japan, the EJAtlas coalition of strategists, organizers and scholars collaborate to expose mobilization efforts through case studies as a way…

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