In the wake of worsening human rights situation in the Philippines under the Duterte administration, Trade Justice Pilipinas, a peoples network campaigning for just trade and investment policies calls on the European Union to withdraw special trade incentives granted to the Philippines under its Generalized System of Preferences or GSP+.
LRAN Briefing Paper No. 4: New Challenges and Strategies in Defense of Land and Territory
The Duterte administration’s rehabilitation of Manila Bay is set to begin on 27 January but a group of municipal fishers around the bay are decrying the lack of community involvement in the P47 billion clean up, and are demanding a more pro-people rehabilitation plan.
This publication provides a comprehensive analysis of the situation surrounding seeds--a central element of agricultural economy and of ecology.
14 December 2018: On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, reiterate our calls for the Lao government to conduct an independent, impartial and effective investigation to reveal his fate and whereabouts.
Complete title: SEZs and Value Extraction from the Mekong: A Case Study on the Control and Exploitation of Land and Labour in Cambodia and Myanmar's Special Economic Zones
This case study report has been written to present and reflect on the Lor Peang land conflict with KDC International, from the perspective of the Lor Peang community activists.
December 3 marks the first death anniversary of Datu Victor Danyan, his two sons, son-in law, and 4 other tribal members and indigenous rights defenders of the T’boli community in Brgy.
A public event was held on 17 to 18 November 2018 at Thammasat University, Bangkok to discuss and share the land issues in relation to inequality in Thailand.
Pasay City, Philippines - Around 200 rice farmers, farmworkers, rural youth and women from various national and local organizations held a protest at the gates of Senate to oppose the approval of SB 1998 or the Rice Tariffication Bill scheduled for deliberation at the Bicameral Committee meeting today.
Public Statement, 4 June 2018
For Immediate release
On the day of his birthday, 17th September, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam, and dedicated this act to the nation.
Malolos, Bulacan— Around 150 farmers, women, senior citizens, and children who were part of a "Lakbayan" (march) from Bataan to Malacanang to request President Rodrigo Duterte to help get the lands
Civil society organizations from Indonesia, Philippines, and Europe criticized the European Union’s Multilateral Investment Court proposal as an attempt to multilateralise the investor-State disput
22 February 2017, Manila, Philippines - Civil society and grassroots organizations from across Asia gathered in Manila for a two-day strategy meeting, February 21 and 22, to discuss a global campai
The Future in the Balance: Essays on Globalization and Resistance
By Walden Bello
Publisher: Food First and Focus on the Global South
Date of Publication: May 2001
"The Future in the balance clearly and eloquently explains the true causes of the financial crisis-the institutions that advocated free market economies based on the principles of liberalization, deregulation and privatization. Bello tells the truth about the world trade Organization, international Monetary fund and the World Bank, and their grip on the third world. He shatters the myths of development as prescribed by these institutions and offers possibilities of another world based on fairness and justice."
-The New Internationalist
Prague 2000:Why we need to decommission the IMF and the World Bank
A compilation of articles that argue that the "focus of our efforts these days is not to try to reform the multilateral agencies but to deepen the crisis of legitimacy of the whole system." and that that no matter what "reforms" the international financial institutions pull out of the hat this year, they should be judged against the historical record.
A thought provoking collection of articles that lay bare the dynamics, the interlinkages and impact of debt, financial institutions and the making of a Global South.
By Jenina Joy Chavez
This publication is available on PDF format. Please click the following links to download.
Edited by: Brid Brennan
Melting the Iceberg analyses the oppurtunities and obstacles in the Korean Reconciliation and Reunification process while exloring effective ways of mobilising international support. The biggest challenge is to achieve the substantive democratisation of the peace process and consolidate new alternative aproaches to peace and security, breaking with the Cold War mould of "security deopendency" and embracing a future based on the "globalisation of solidarity".
Publisher: Transnational Institute in cooperation with Focus on the Global South
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By Shalmali Guttal
By Walden Bello
Why Reform of the WTO is the Wrong Agenda
Four essays on four institutions: WTO, UNCTAD, IMF and the World Bank
Laos: Six Years On, Civil Society Worldwide Demands Answers to the Enforced Disappearance of Sombath Somphone
Joint Civil Society Statement Concerning Ratification of the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188)
Fishing workers, through the very nature of their work, are especially vulnerable to human trafficking as well as forced, bonded and slave labour, operating as they do in isolated and hazardous conditions.
Focus on the Global South Statement on the 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2018
Save the Mekong, a coalition of non-government organizations, community-based groups and concerned citizens within the Mekong region, wish to express our shock and concern at the recent collapse of the Xe Pian - Xe Nam Noy hydropower project in Laos, and ou
Statement of Civil Society in Thailand on RCEP Negotiation and the Thai Government’s Effort in Joining CPTPP
On the 20th of July 2018, 25 civil society organizations in Thailand in the sectors of health, agriculture, fishery, environment, internet, labor rights, women rights and climate change convened a meeting on the impact of RCEP and CPTPP.
The following open letter has been issued and signed by scholars, academics, and civil society members from across the world in support of the five academics and researchers who have been summoned by the military following the International Conference of Thai Studies (ICTS13), and to object to attempts by the state to control spaces of learning.
We the undersigned express our alarm and dismay at the Summons issued by Col Suebsakul Buarawong, deputy commander of the 33rd Military Circle in Chiang Mai, to Dr Chayan Vaddhanaphuti, Pakawadee Veerapatpong, Chaipong Samnieng, Nontawat Machai, and Thiramon Bua-ngam. They are accused of violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief's Order No.3/2015, Thailand’s military regime's ban on political gatherings of five or more persons. Conviction on the charges issued against these five scholars carries a potential six months in prison.
Statement from iDEFEND on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the Philippines
On Tuesday night, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law on the entire Mindanao Island while on a state visit in Russia, following the fighting between the military and the Maute group.
It has to be clarified that the clashes were triggered by law enforcement operation in Marawi. This is a situation started by the government itself. Similarly, the Maute group is a local terrorist group, and not ISIS, even as the former tries to ally itself with ISIS.
It’s been over a year since the late afternoon on 16 April 2016 when Den Kamlae went missing on his way to collect forest items. Material evidence was later discovered between 23-25 March 2017. Today, these important materials are still under examination by forensic scientists and the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS).
On 14 March 2017, the International Day of Action for Rivers, we, the Save the Mekong Coalition along with civil society and community partners from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, make this statement to express our gratitude to the Mekong River and the way of life she supports. The Mekong is our mother river, home to unique biodiversity and a lifeline for millions of people throughout the river basin. We recognize the efforts of Mekong communities who are working to protect and preserve the unique ecosystems and resources of the river for future generations.
July 11, 2016 - We, the undersigned Cambodian civil society groups, are outraged at the brutal murder of independent political analyst and grassroots organiser Kem Ley yesterday morning, and call for a prompt, thorough and independent inquiry into his death.
Kem Ley, 46, was shot twice, in his chest and his head, in a heavily-frequented Caltex petrol station cafe in central Phnom Penh shortly before 9.00 on Sunday morning.
Secretariat: c/o NFBM #1066-B, Emerald St., Taglesville Subd., Balanga City, Bataan
5th July 2016
5th July 2016
Translated from Filipino
Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) strongly condemns the treacherous murder of our comrade Gloria Capitan of Mariveles, Bataan!
Labor Day statement of Independent Senatorial Candidate Walden Bello
Today, I march side by side with our workers to affirm their struggle for labor rights and continue the fight for dignity for our working class.
Labor day is a celebration of what the labor movement has won over decades of struggle.
Not many people know this but the fact that it is illegal to force workers to work for more than 8 hours and that they have to be paid more if they work beyond that is something that workers—through collective action—achieved.
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Suffering the brunt of the ongoing El Nino, more than 6 thousand farmers converged along a national highway in Kidapawan in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines on March 30 to demand 15,000 sacks of rice and financial subsidy promised to them six months earlier by the provincial government. They urgently need this assistance to tide them over until they are able to plant and harvest rice again.