2020 has posed some serious challenges, but AID/WATCH remains active!
“With Aid/Watch we know that if our lives are threatened because of our work as Indigenous environmental defenders we could easily call on them for support, they would be there.
Our relationship is like connective tissues. It is very empowering. Our partnership, our collaboration and our mutual solidarity can be seen in the effectiveness of our work over the past two years.”
– Emmanuel Peni, Project Sepik
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Australia’s role as America’s pawn has been highlighted in a recent blow to the effectiveness of Australian aid with the appointment of Mathias Cormann as the Secretary General of the OECD. Mr Cormann’s well documented track record on climate change is in stark...
Send a submission to the Jabatan Alam Sekitar (Department of Environment) Malaysia calling for the rejection of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) submitted by Lynas Rare Earths
Aid/Watch joined over 300+ organisations globally in contributing and signing on to the ‘Global Solidarity with Communities, Indigenous Peoples and Workers at Risk from Mining Pandemic Profiteers’ statement
A Joint Letter to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Marise Payne calling for a Global Social Protection Fund
“Simply put, Lynas has never had a social licence to operate – this would never be allowed here in Australia.”
Friends of the Earth Australia, AID/WATCH, together with Australian chapters of Malaysian BERSIH Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections and Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia Melbourne (SABMOZ) have responded to a petition that has gained momentum in Malaysia demanding that Australia suspends Lynas’ rare earth export to Malaysia because Lynas has no safe disposal facility for its radioactive waste.
AID/WATCH partner from the Paga Hill community and human rights defender Allan Mogerama talks to Hilda Wayne on ABC Radio National’s Wantok program about his community’s ongoing #Justice4Paga campaign that seeks redress for the human rights violations they have faced with the illegal eviction of their informal settlement, and compensation for their homes that were demolished by two Australian companies, the Paga Hill Development Company and Curtain Brothers and the PNG State.
“I really do question whether this should happen it undermines the integrity of the aid program interns of the extent to which it is seen to not be delivering on its purpose which is to offer development assistance.“ James Goodman, Chair of AID/WATCH
MEDIA RELEASE: A resilient community from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea’s capital city was represented by Human Rights Defender and Paga Hill youth leader, Allan Mogerema at the Human Rights Defender’s Advocacy Program (HRDAP) with the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) from 17-28 June in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Mogerema delivered a joint statement at the 41st UN Human Rights Council.
Allan Mogerema, Paga Hill youth leader from Papua New Guinea will stage a peaceful protest outside the Canberra parliament to call for justice for his community, who were allegedly illegally evicted and homes demolished by two Australian companies. His action is being supported by AID/WATCH and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.
AidWatch said the $5.5 million Australia pledged in relief aid to Indonesia was a diplomatic initiative
Internationally acclaimed investigative documentary, The Opposition, about Paga Hill community’s fight for justice from the illegal eviction and demolition of their homes in Papua New Guinea’s capital of Port Moresby has been banned from screening at the PNG Human Rights Festival.