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VIVAT International Newsletter Available January 6th, 2014

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The latest on-line newsletter from VIVAT International contains a variety of interesting articles as well as reports from international VIVAT-sponsored meetings.

Contents include:

  • World Food Day
  • 2014 Year of Family Farming
  • Land Grabbing and Mining
  • Executives at the Vatican
  • Voices in Brazil
  • Right to Water
  • Typhoon Haiyan
  • Rights of Dalits
  • VIVAT Workshop West Africa
  • Longing for Peace

 


JPIC Report Fall/Winter 2013 Issue Available October 24th, 2013

JPIC-Report-Fall-2010The Fall/Winter 2013 issue of JPIC Report is now available on line as a PDF. It is also available in print form. Please contact Mary O’Herron in the JPIC Office if you want to be added to the mailing list.

You can find all issues of JPIC Report on this website in the Resources section. (Download a PDF of the latest issue)


VIVAT International Jan-Feb-Mar 2013 Newsletter March 29th, 2013

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Please find the Jan-Feb-March 2013 online newsletter from VIVAT International here. (Download PDF)

Subjects covered include:

  • Academia and Advocacy
  • Human Rights & Big Business
  • Land-grabbing
  • Anti Human Trafficking
  • Africa Faith & Justice
  • 51st Commission on Social Development
  • Post 2015
  • Experience at VIVAT International

 


April Newbrief from the JPIC Commission Office in Rome April 5th, 2012

The Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation USG/UISG Secretariat has issued their Newsbrief for April. The newsletter is available in English and Spanish. Useful resources given on mining, land grabbing, water and more…

 

 


Land Grabs in Africa Leave Communities Impoverished April 5th, 2012

The problem of land grabbing in Africa and Asia by investment firms and multinational corporations is a serious and growing problem. Governments make deals with large multinational companies while thousands of poor farmers are left with inadequate compensation, low wages, polluted water and exposure to toxic agricultural chemicals that cause health problems.

While problems with land grabs abound, SOCFIN Agriculture. Co. is a particularly egregious company. Owned by French billionaire Vincent Bollore, SOCFINAF Group owns and operates plantations of rubber, oil palm and coffee in Indonesia, Cambodia, Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Liberia. SOCFIN recently has secured 6,500 hectares of farmland for rubber/palm oil production in Sierra Leone.

The Oakland Institute, a California-based think-tank, has detailed a pattern of coercion, lack of consultation, and failure to fairly compensate Sierra Leonean landowners who have been pressured into ceding their land to the corporate giant. Watch this video on SOCFIN’s Sierra Leone’s operations:

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