Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, called Tortuguita, 26, was killed during a raid targeting the controversial site of an Atlanta police training facility is defending his friend as someone who was not violent. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation identified them Thursday as Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, 26.

  The war in Ukraine is having an increasing impact on the international trade in forest products. A group of NGOs from Ukraine, in Russia and in Belarus, called for a European ban on Russia and Belarus wood and timber, of which European Union countries are among the major importers and which in 2021 represented US$13.9 billion. Wood from these regions is used in construction, to produce paper and furniture and to fuel power plants.

The Indonesian paper mill Asia Pulp & Paper promised 8 years ago to become a responsible company. For seven years this company failed to show serious implementation on many parts if its own commitment. The eight year it started to delete it. Buyers should know, they are just buying empty words. New evidence indicates that buyers and banks’ ineffective due diligence systems have allowed Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), a global market paper supplier, to ignore its own forest conservation and human rights pledges, with the result that conflicts and violence continue unabated in the Indonesian regions where the company produces and sources fibres for its paper production.

Following the latest case of the violation of communities’ rights in Indonesia, ninety environmental and human rights groups have published an open letter to investors and buyers asking to suspend business with Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and affiliated companies, until it is proven and verified that they have made meaningful changes across their business operations. In the village of Lubuk Mandarsah (province of Jambi, Indonesia), an APP controlled plantation company, PT Wirakarya Sakti (WKS), sent drones flying over the community’s crops, spraying poison over villagers’ gardens in disputed land. 

New research conducted by a coalition of Indonesian organisations and the Environmental Paper Network has found that the second-largest Indonesian paper company Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) is involved in hundreds of conflicts with communities across the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Conflict Plantations: Chapter 2 delivers research results showing that in just five provinces of Indonesia, at least 101 villages or communities are in active conflict with affiliates of APRIL, or its suppliers, while more than 500 villages may have been impacted by their forestry operations. 

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