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Melani Manel Perera
Environmentalist calls for the elimination and recycling of plastics to reduce pollution
In Sri Lanka, 20 million lunch sheets, 15 million plastic bags and 10 million empty bottles end up in the environment every day. The only two companies that make plastic bottles earn huge profits. Hemantha Vithanage, founder and executive director of the Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), talks about the problem.
22/10/2011 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, 4 million people suffer from hunger. A "Food Justice Campaign”
It's called "Grow" and is sponsored by humanitarian group Oxfam International. Pregnant women and children are the most malnourished groups. One in 5 children born underweight. Approximately 500 thousand children under 5 years are underweight.
06/02/2017 18:25:00 VIETNAM
Vietnamese activist accused of "abusing democratic freedoms"
Nguyen Van Hoa, who will be in detention during the investigation, is among a group of activists who exposed pollution damage caused by the Formosa Plastics Group to local communities. The disaster harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen.
14/11/2016 13:41:00 VIETNAM
Defending Mẹ Nấm, a Catholic blogger jailed for defending the environment
The activist was arrested on 10 October for "propaganda against the state." She had written many articles against the Formosa Plastics Group and the pollution crisis in the central provinces. Catholics and others sign a letter stating that “Mẹ Nấm is innocent and hundreds of thousands of people are fighting with her."
01/07/2016 13:39:00 VIETNAM
Hanoi admits Formosa Plastic Group responsible for environmental disaster, will pay damages
After three months of investigation, the government blames steel maker for tonnes of dead fish and marine pollution. The company will pay US$ 500 million in compensation. For activists and dissidents, this is not enough given the damage to millions of people who need long-term help. The authorities too are responsible.
12/05/2017 14:03:00 VIETNAM
Catholic media launch appeal for Vietnamese priests defamed by the government
Fr. Đặng Hữu Nam and Fr. Nguyễn Đình Thục support protests against the government for failing to distribute compensation from a company responsible for one of the most serious environmental disasters in the country's history. The Catholic Mass Media Federation in a statement: "Immediately stop terrorist acts against the priests of Thuận Nghĩa." "With our total confidence in God, we are in communion, we share and accompany the victims of the disaster." "We call upon international bodies to accompany us in the fight for human rights and religious freedom in Vietnam."
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