South and Central America
Randall Arauz and the team at the Association for the Restoration of Sea Turtles (PRETOMA), celebrate as Costa Rica is asked to respond to a complaint filed with the Environmental Secretariat of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).
“I will continue fighting for rights and justice until the last days of my life.”
That is what 2008 Prize winner Luis Yanza said about the legal battle he and fellow Prize winner Pablo Fajardo been waging against the oil-giant Chevron for nearly 20 years.
Among the greatest environmental victories in Peru last year was the unanimous passage of the “Prior Consultation Law” by the Peruvian Congress. Signed into law by President Ollanta Humala, the bill requires companies to consult with indigenous communities before undertaking any development project on their traditional lands and marks a historic step forward for indigenous rights
Francisco Pineda, the 2011 Goldman Prize winner from El Salvador, recently participated in a panel at the Society of Environmental Journalists’ (SEJ) 21st Annual Conference.
Among the 1,200 activists arrested in front of the White House in September was 2002 Goldman Prize winner Alexis Massol-Gonzalez.