Tags Archives: Courts

Maasai Villagers Win a Major Victory in the East African Court of Justice in Case Against Tanzanian Government

Featured image: an eviction of Maasai in Loliondo. Photo: tourismobserver.com      by Oakland Institute Oakland, CA—On September 25, 2018, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) awarded a major victory to four Maasai villages fighting for their rights to their land in northern Tanzania. The case revolves around violent government-led evictions of Maasai villagers in Loliondo – … Continue reading Maasai Villagers Win a Major Victory in the East African Court of Justice in Case Against Tanzanian Government

Yellowstone Area Grizzlies Regain Endangered Species Protection

Featured image: A grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. Jim Peaco / National Park Service      by Olivia Rosane / Ecowatch A federal judge restored endangered species protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park on Monday, The Huffington Post reported, putting a permanent halt to plans by Wyoming and Idaho to launch the first Yellowstone-area grizzly hunt in four decades. U.S. District … Continue reading Yellowstone Area Grizzlies Regain Endangered Species Protection

Historic Indigenous Legal Victory Against Gold Mining in the Amazon

Featured image:  The community of Sinangoe gathered in front of the courtroom in Lumbaqui (Succumbíos) on July 27th 2018.      by Nicolas Mainville, Amazon Frontlines / Intercontinental Cry In a lawsuit that will inspire and galvanize many other indigenous communities across the Amazon for years to come, the Kofan of Sinangoe have won a trial … Continue reading Historic Indigenous Legal Victory Against Gold Mining in the Amazon

Stunning Victory for Indigenous Nations as Canada Halts Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Featured image: Pipeline intended to cross Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Robert McGouey / Getty Images      by Lorraine Chow / Ecowatch A Canadian court “quashed” approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Thursday, a major setback for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose government agreed to purchase the controversial project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion Canadian … Continue reading Stunning Victory for Indigenous Nations as Canada Halts Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Menominee Tribe Challenges Michigan DEQ for Greenlighting Back Forty Mine

     by Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin / Intercontinental Cry LANSING, Mich. – The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin has filed a petition for a contested case hearing on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) issuance of a Wetland Permit for the Back Forty Mine. The Wetland Permit, issued in June, is the final … Continue reading Menominee Tribe Challenges Michigan DEQ for Greenlighting Back Forty Mine

Can the Law Prevail Over Chinese Investments in Ecuador?

Featured image: Molleturo communities visit the site of the Rio Blanco mine to make sure the activities are suspended as required by a court order.      by Manuela Picq / Intercontinental Cry Last June, an Ecuadorean court ordered the suspension of all mining activities by a Chinese corporation in the highlands of Rio Blanco, in … Continue reading Can the Law Prevail Over Chinese Investments in Ecuador?

Supreme Court Asked to Protect Habitat for Endangered Frogs

Featured image: Dusky gopher frog courtesy USFWS      by Center for Biological Diversity NEW ORLEANS— From economists and scientists to religious leaders and business owners, dozens of groups this week submitted “friend of the court” briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to maintain protections for 1,600 acres of “critical habitat” designated in Louisiana for … Continue reading Supreme Court Asked to Protect Habitat for Endangered Frogs

ESA Update: Victory Stands as USFWS Withdraws Appeal

Featured image by Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign      by Buffalo Field Campaign On Monday, (June 25) our attorneys at Friends of Animals informed BFC that the US Fish & Wildlife Service has withdrawn their appeal, and Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project’s lawsuit victory will stand. On January 31, 2018, U.S. District … Continue reading ESA Update: Victory Stands as USFWS Withdraws Appeal

Wixárika Community Blocks Highways, Closes Schools in Protest of Government Inaction

     by Agustin del Castillo / Intercontinental Cry  Este artículo está disponible en español aquí MESA DEL TIRADOR, Wixárika territories, Mexico — At midnight on May 10, 2018, members of the Wixárika (Huichol) community of Wuaut+a (San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán), in the Western Sierra Madre of Mexico, took the dramatic step of blocking all entrances to their … Continue reading Wixárika Community Blocks Highways, Closes Schools in Protest of Government Inaction

Climate Change Jury Trial in Spokane, Washington on Hold

Spokane Judge Allows Necessity Defense; Washington State Appeals Spokane – On March 8, Spokane District Court Judge Debra Hayes issued an order allowing for the necessity defense in a jury trial scheduled to start April 23, 2018, involving a climate change protestor’s alleged delay of oil and coal trains in September 2016.  On March 30, the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney’s … Continue reading Climate Change Jury Trial in Spokane, Washington on Hold