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Countdown for Survival: Global groups make an urgent call to end deforestation and conserve the world’s forests during UN Climate Talks

Countdown for Survival: Global groups make an urgent call to end deforestation and conserve the world’s forests during UN Climate Talks


08 June 2009

Bonn, Germany – A coalition of youth, environmental groups, NGOs, Indigenous Peoples organizations and women’s groups delivered a plea to negotiators asking them to ensure a strong climate deal and warning them that they will put our survival at risk if they do not act immediately to halt deforestation and the industrial logging of the world’s primary forests (forest degradation).[Signatories and statement below in NOTE 1] “Survival is not negotiable. The climate deal signed ... read more

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‘Biochar’, a new big threat to people, land, and ecosystems


08 April 2009

Keep ‘biochar’ and soils out of carbon trading Caution urged against proposals for large scale use of charcoal in soils for climate change mitigation and soil reclamation

Adding charcoal (‘biochar’) to the soil has been proposed as a ‘climate change mitigation’ strategy and as a means of regenerating degraded land. Some even claim that this could sequester so much carbon that the Earth could return to pre-industrial carbon dioxide levels, i.e. that all the global warming caused ... read more

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Army’s involvement in the family planning program is reduplication disaster in the past

Army’s involvement in the family planning program is reduplication disaster in the past


Jakarta, 16 March 2009

Statement o­n International Women’s Day

Indonesian National Army (it was ABRI, now TNI) will involve again the implementation of Family Planning Program held by National Family Planning Program Board (BKKBN). The return of TNI based o­n Memorandum of Understanding sign by General TNI Djoko Santoso, chief of BKKBN, dr. Sugiri Syarief, MPA, in the present of Coordinator minister of social welfare Aburizal Bakrie,in Auditorium BKKBN Jakarta, Februari 12 2009. According to General, TNI will ... read more

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EU ausgetrickst:<BR>Indonesien hebt Rodungsstopp von Torfmoorgebieten für Ölpalmplantagen auf

EU ausgetrickst:
Indonesien hebt Rodungsstopp von Torfmoorgebieten für Ölpalmplantagen auf


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International concern about palm oil expansion in Indonesia

International concern about palm oil expansion in Indonesia


Berlin, 16 February 2009

Press Release by Watch Indonesia! and Rettet den Regenwald e.V.

 

10.000 EU-citizens demand the release of environmental defender M. Rusdi in Jambi, Sumatra

 

More than 10.000 EU-citizens demand the release of M. Rusdi, head of Karang Mendapo village, who was detained on 28 January 2009. They signed a petition brought forward by Rettet den Regenwald and Watch Indonesia!. Representatives of these environmental and human rights groups handed over the petition to the Indonesian embassy in ... read more

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Resistance against Palm Oil – Unlawful Arrest of farmers’ resistance leader in Jambi, Indonesia

Resistance against Palm Oil – Unlawful Arrest of farmers’ resistance leader in Jambi, Indonesia


Berlin, 05 February 2009

Watch Indonesia! – urgent appeal

Dear Friends, dear colleagues,

Watch Indonesia! and Rettet den Regenwald write to inform you about the unlawful arrest of farmers‘ resistance leader Muhammad Rusdi of Karang Mendapo village, Jambi province, Indonesia. This case is related to one of the countless land conflicts that occur in Indonesia due to the massive expansion of palm oil plantations. Rusdi’s arrest is seen as an attempt to silence the inspiring protest of Karang Mendapo-farmers that is becoming ... read more

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Acquittal in the Murder of Indonesian Rights Activist Strengthens Impunity

Acquittal in the Murder of Indonesian Rights Activist Strengthens Impunity


01 January 2009

On 31 December 2008, the South Jakarta District Court acquitted Muchdi Purwopranjono, former Deputy Director of Indonesia’s national intelligence agency (BIN), for want of evidence. He has been charged with the murder of well-known human rights lawyer Munir. Watch Indonesia! criticizes the flawed conduct of judges and prosecutors: due to the implausible motive of the indictment, the weak evidence presented and the lack of witness protection, a conviction of Muchdi in accordance with rule of law-standards would have ... read more

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Aerial bombardment of peasants in Sumatran village


Berlin, 23rd December 2008

Press Release

On Thursday, 18th December, hundreds of police and paramilitaries attacked the Sumatran village Suluk Bongkal in Riau Province with tear gas and guns. A helicopter dropped incendiary devices on the village, with eye witnesses alleging that napalm was used. Hundreds of houses immediately went up in flames. Two young children were killed and many people were injured. Most of the villagers have fled into the forest. Others have been arrested. Two days later, a helicopter flew ... read more

Posted on 04:31 AM in Human Rights, Indonesia, Land & Indigenous Rights, Publications, Pulp & Paper, Environment & Climate, Watch's Press Releases & Statements
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European Union and French Presidency seek to push forward with destructive and unsustainable biofuel target

European Union and French Presidency seek to push forward with destructive and unsustainable biofuel target


02 December 2008

Press release from Biofuel Watch, Corporate Europe Observatory, Econexus, Grupo de Reflexión Rural, Rettet den Regenwald and Watch Indonesia!

Campaigners today (Tuesday) accused the French Presidency and the European Union of pushing ahead with dangerous and unsustainable agrofuel targets, with a view to reaching a deal on the Renewable Energy Directive on Wednesday. The target as proposed (1) would greatly increase the use of agrofuels (biofuels from crops and trees) in Europe, with no credible protection ... read more

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„Palmölplantagen zerstören unser Leben”<br />NGOs kritisieren Förderung von Palmöl im EEG

„Palmölplantagen zerstören unser Leben”
NGOs kritisieren Förderung von Palmöl im EEG


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