Harjyot Banwait


Seven Sentenced In The Murder Of Honduran Environmental Activist

Seven men were sentenced to between 30 to 50 years for the murder of Honduran indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres. In November 2018, a Honduran court ruled that her murder was ordered by executives of DESA, the company constructing the Agua Zarca dam. They found that this action was motivated by […]


Five Connected To Timber Industry Charged In The Deaths Of Peruvian Indigenous Activists

In Peru, five men connected to the timber industry were charged with murder in the 2014 deaths of four indigenous environmental activists. The four indigenous activists found dead on Sept. 1, 2014 included the leader, Edwin Chota, along with Jorge Ríos Pérez, Leoncio Quinticima and Francisco Pinedo. The five charged, […]


Mexican State Of Oaxaca Passes Abortion Bill

In Mexico, the southern state of Oaxaca decriminalized abortion in a 24-10 vote in the state legislature, on September 25 2019. Abortion restrictions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy were lifted. This decision makes this state only the second part of Mexico to decriminalize abortion. Mexico City, capital of […]


Amazon Wildfires Threaten Indigenous Peoples

Ongoing wildfires in the Amazon rainforest have been such in magnitude that they have raised significant environmental concerns, including threatening the Indigenous tribes residing in it. The fires have been raging across the Amazon, which spans many South American countries, although the focus has remained largely on the rainforest that […]


More Civilian Deaths In Afghanistan Linked To Pro-Government Forces Than Insurgents

According to the latest United Nations (UN) figures, during the first half of 2019, in the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, pro-government forces including the Afghan military and their international U.S.-led allies were responsible for more civilian deaths than insurgent forces. This marks the first time pro-government forces were found responsible […]


Heatwave in Western Europe

On Sunday, it appeared that an ongoing four-day heatwave in western Europe, which had killed seven people, began to ease up. Temperatures are set to gradually decline while wildfires are being slowly controlled. In the Gard region of France, a national record temperature of 45.9 degrees Celsius was recorded during […]


Life Expectancy Stalls In Canada Amid Opioid Crisis

Opioid-related overdoses and deaths have been a significant public health crisis in Canada for some time, with the province of British Columbia (B.C.) having declared a public health emergency in 2016. In B.C. life expectancy fell in 2017, for the second year in a row. Nationally, it is now apparent […]


Civilian And Military Talks In Sudan Deadlocked

Tensions have increased in Sudan during disagreements between the Sudanese military and protesters. The main protest group has stated that the military is not serious about a transfer of power to civilian rule, following the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir. Ongoing negotiations between the protesters and the Transitional Military Council […]


Aid Shortfall In Mozambique In The Aftermath Of Cyclone Idai

In Mozambique, in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, cholera cases among survivors have increased to 271 in Beira alone. Despite aid efforts already underway, including Can$3.5 million pledged by Canada’s government, the amount of aid that has been either delivered or promised is widely viewed as falling far short of […]


Algerian President Not Seeking Another Term

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika promised to not seek a fifth term in office after being in power for 20 years. In a message that was carried by the official Algeria Press Agency (APS) news agency, it was stated that there would not be a presidential election on April 18, and […]