Protect sacred natural sites to realise indigenous rights, says African Commission

Protect sacred natural sites to realise indigenous rights, says African Commission

 Extractive industries are pushing Africa’s indigenous peoples and their sacred lands to the margins, but the custodians of these sacred lands are pushing back, writes YLNM Regional Coordinator Hannibal Rhoades. Originally published in Intercontinental Cry. June 28, 2017 (Sacred natural site custodians in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia perform a welcome...

Women Building Power- Toolkit for climate and energy justice for African women

Women Building Power- Toolkit for climate and energy justice for African women

Women Building Power is a cutting-edge and developing collection of research, information materials, and tools which forms the knowledge hub of an emerging African women-led grassroots driven campaign on Fossil Fuels, Energy and Climate Justice. Click here to access Women Building Power research and tools in languages including English, French and...

New Women Building Power toolkit for women’s rights activists launched

New Women Building Power toolkit for women’s rights activists launched

YLNM allies WoMin have launched a fantastic new collection of research and informational materials that share a much needed eco-feminist perspective on African climate and energy justice and provide practical tools for women dealing with energy poverty. Find them here.   Press Release. WoMin, October 26th 2016. WoMin, a women-led...

REPORT: The New Colonialism: Britain’s scramble for Africa’s energy and mineral resources

REPORT: The New Colonialism: Britain’s scramble for Africa’s energy and mineral resources

July 2016 This report from War on Want reveals the degree to which British companies now control Africa’s key mineral resources, notably gold, platinum, diamonds, copper, oil, gas and coal. It documents how 101 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) — most of them British — have mining...

Nnimmo Bassey – In Defence of Life

Nnimmo Bassey – In Defence of Life

  • Written on: 18 April 2016
  • Posted under: Videos

“It’s about grabbing a part of the Earth an placing a mark of ownership on something that actually owns you. It doesn’t add up.” In this interview poet, Earth Defender and Right Livelihood Award Winner Nnimmo Bassey challenges the assumptions at the very root of the mining industry- that we...

UnderMining Life: Activists Threatened in South Africa

UnderMining Life: Activists Threatened in South Africa

  • Written on: 31 March 2016
  • Posted under: Videos

Sphiwe Mazibuko’s powerful film exposes the intimidation of anti-mining activists, in South Africa, on the Wild Coast and Zululand. Xolobeni residents have fought for 10 years to prevent the Australian company, Mineral Commodities Limited, from mining their titanium rich dunes.  The unwavering response of the Pondo people to protect their...

The Rise of Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the Extractive Sectors: Challenges and Considerations for African Countries

The Rise of Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the Extractive Sectors: Challenges and Considerations for African Countries

Published by The South Centre   African countries have been active in concluding international investment treaties. They are increasingly subject to investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) cases, including claims that challenge regulatory actions of host countries in a wide range of areas, including public services and race relations. At the same...

We need a real “Alternatives to Mining” Indaba

We need a real “Alternatives to Mining” Indaba

By Farai Maguwu and Christelle Terreblanche. Originally posted by Pambazuka News You could be forgiven for thinking you were attending a side-event at Cape Town’s glitzy annual Mining Indaba in early February, when the opening panel of a civil society meeting repeatedly stressed how crucial mining is for Africa’s ‘development.’...

Report: Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Power the Global Trade in Cobalt

Report: Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Power the Global Trade in Cobalt

A report by Amnesty International explores in depth the conditions in which thousands of miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo toil in the mining of cobalt. It also shows the path which cobalt take in order to end up in smartphones and other technology. Download the report here in...

OUR ROOTS, OUR RESPONSIBILITY: INDIGENOUS CUSTODIANS CALL FOR RECOGNITION AND PROTECTION OF SACRED NATURAL SITES

OUR ROOTS, OUR RESPONSIBILITY: INDIGENOUS CUSTODIANS CALL FOR RECOGNITION AND PROTECTION OF SACRED NATURAL SITES

Indigenous custodians from Benin, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia have released a powerful new statement outlining the importance of sacred natural sites and governance systems. Emerging out of a biocultural diversity revival movement that’s starting to build serious momentum across continental Africa, the statement forms the heart of a new report that builds...