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On World Water Day let us remember the true cause of water scarcity – corporate power

We often talk about people lacking access to water as if it is some kind of act of God – an unfortunate fact of nature that we as humans need to overcome with our ingenuity. But the fact that two billion people do not have access to clean water is not just a tragedy, it …

Global rules for corporations would stop the land grabs in Sierra Leone

Guest blog by FIAN Belgium A new report by the human rights organization FIAN Belgium documents the impact of the activities of the Belgian-Luxembourgish company SOCFIN on the communities in Malen, southern Sierra Leone. The report is clear: affected communities who have lost access to and control over their land have been exposed to serious …

Three years since the murder of Berta Cáceres – it’s time to hold multinationals to account

This blog was originally published by Friends of the Earth Europe Three years ago, Honduran activist and community leader Berta Cáceres was brutally murdered. Every year, around 200 environmental defenders are killed or assaulted around the world – crimes that are often linked to multinational companies violating human rights. Only a binding agreement on a …

MEPs messed up on the dodgy Singapore ISDS deal – but the real fight begins here

  So, the great European Parliament defeat of ISDS wasn’t to be. Last Wednesday, a day before Valentines Day, MEPs dutifully lined up to express their love for a deal that could turn into an unhealthy relationship – for both sides. MEPs voted 436 to 203 in favour of the EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement (EUSIPA). …

MEPs take note: EU-Singapore deal could hinder fight against fraud and corruption.

On Wednesday, MEPs vote on the EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement (EUSIPA). There are a number of reasons to reject this agreement, but the most controversial thing about it is that it allows corporations to sue states using an obscure system called Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement (ISDS). ISDS – in all its forms, including a proposed ‘Multilateral Investment Court’ …

Sued for existing – ancient Romanian town on the frontline of the battle against ISDS

Today, the 6th of February 2019, the Romanian town of Roşia Montană celebrates its 1888th year of existence. Its Latin name, Alburnus Maior, was mentioned for the first time in a wooden-wax tablet dated from 6th February 131 AD. Over the past 20 years, residents have fought against a proposed multi-billion dollar mining project, which …

In one week MEPs could kill ISDS forever…but will they?

On 12 February the European Parliament will vote on the EU-Singapore Investment Protection Agreement (EUSIPA). Not heard of it? You’re not alone. Pro-ISDS forces in the Commission and Parliament are hoping that no one will notice that this seemingly obscure agreement actually holds the key to the revival of the dying system of investor-state dispute …

What a week – ¼ MILLION Europeans hit back against corporate power

  Europe says enough! In the space of just one week, a quarter of a million Europeans have united to deliver a clear message to the European Commission and national governments. Their efforts to revitalise the discredited ISDS system of corporate courts will not be allowed to pass. Their opposition to a meaningful system of …