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      MISEREOR produces a range of publications on its focal topics each year. Here you will find these documents for your information and use.

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      Position Paper "Rising to the challenges posed by global crisis"

      Position Paper "Rising to the challenges posed by global crisis"

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      MISEREOR calls for a political U-turn during the German EU Council Presidency

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      MISEREOR calls for a political U-turn during the German EU Council Presidency

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      EU-Mercosur Agreement

      EU-Mercosur Agreement

      Risks to Climate Protection and Human Rights

      On June 28, 2019 the EU and Mercosur concluded the

      Risks to Climate Protection and Human Rights

      On June 28, 2019 the EU and Mercosur concluded the negotiation of the text of the Association Agreement. Besides Trade, the deal includes two additional pillars on Political Dialogue and Cooperation. However only the Trade pillar has been published raising concerns about the impacts that agreement would bear on human rights and the environment as no human rights clause or sustainability impact assessments have been made available.

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      We are crying for our land

      We are crying for our land

      Stories from the Panguna Listening Project

      From 1989 to 2001, Bougainville experienced a violent

      Stories from the Panguna Listening Project

      From 1989 to 2001, Bougainville experienced a violent conflict directly connected to the Panguna Mine. The Panguna Listening Project (PLP) is an initiative of the Catholic Diocese of Bougainville seeking to make the voices of the people heard in the Panguna mine affected areas.

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      Local struggles for housing rights in the context of climate change, urbanization and environmental degradation – Summary

      Local struggles for housing rights in the context of climate change, urbanization and environmental degradation – Summary

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      The publication aims to show how the right to adequate housing and related rights are threatened by

      The publication aims to show how the right to adequate housing and related rights are threatened by climate change, increasing urbanization and environmental degradation, by highlighting ground-level experiences from Africa, Asia and Latin America. It aims to encourage an integrated approach to policy-making and to present examples of community-led tools and solutions from five countries: Cameroon, El Salvador, Nigeria, Peru and the Philippines. The report concludes with recommendations to national governments, local governments and the UN human rights mechanisms.

      The full report is available in English. You can find the summary of the report in German, Spanish and French.

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      Strengthening people-driven change processes in Asia

      Strengthening people-driven change processes in Asia

      Empowerment and participation
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      The following documents discuss different ways of supporting marginalised people with

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      The following documents discuss different ways of supporting marginalised people with shaping their change processes in a self-determined manner. This document is the outcome of the ongoing learning process around ‘people-led development’ of MISEREOR, selected partner organisations and their partner communities in Asia. It looks more closely at the roles and responsibilities MISEREOR, the partner organisations and marginalised communities could play in transformation processes, and the ‘how’ of project-related, yet self-determined, change processes with people at the centre. It critically reflects on ‘project business’ and the crucial roles of change facilitators and their organisations that endeavour to ideally respond to the needs of donors without compromising the participatory and empowering potential of such processes.

      Reading the electronic version of the text provides the reader with additional short texts examples, explanations and comments that are not included in the printable version.

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      Deep Seabed Mining

      Deep Seabed Mining

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      Treasure chest or another Pandora's box? In focus: the Pacific. Published 2016.

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      Treasure chest or another Pandora's box? In focus: the Pacific. Published 2016.

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      Dirty Profits 6 - Mining and Extractive Companies: promises and progress

      Dirty Profits 6 - Mining and Extractive Companies: promises and progress

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      Dirty Profits 6 report released by Facing Finance highlights the investments of ten

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      Dirty Profits 6 report released by Facing Finance highlights the investments of ten European banks in ten transnational extractive companies like for example Glencore, Vale, Rio Tinto and others, variously which continually violate human rights and the environment. Violations cover contamination of land, water and air; silencing community activists using violence, threats and intimidation; labour violations and forced labour; and failure to provide the remedy communities deserve.  The Dirty Profits 6 report shows that the ten selected European banks alone provided capital of over €100 billion to these 10 extractive companies between 2010 and 2017. Most banks, particularly those that made the most capital available, are not taking strong enough action to ensure that mining and extractive companies respect human rights and environmental concerns. The authors of the report expect banks to take responsibility for human rights and environmental concerns in their decision making, e.g. by improving transparency and making public all relevant information related to engagement and by taking a proactive approach to identifying non-compliant companies.

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      Hazardous pesticides from Bayer and BASF – a global trade with double standards

      Hazardous pesticides from Bayer and BASF – a global trade with double standards

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      The German pesticide manufacturers Bayer and BASF sell a number of active ingredients in South

      The German pesticide manufacturers Bayer and BASF sell a number of active ingredients in South Africa and Brazil that are not approved in the EU because they are hazardous to health and the environment. From a human rights’ perspective, such activities are questionable as they are based on so-called double standards. This brochure presents cases of indigenous groups in Brazil and farm workers in South Africa whose health is put at risk by the use of pesticides.

      • April 2020
      • MISEREOR, INKOTA, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Southern Africa, Campanha Permanente contra os Agrotóxicos e pela Vida, Khanyisa
      • 24 pages

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      Pastoral Development Orientation Framework - Focus on Ethiopia

      Pastoral Development Orientation Framework - Focus on Ethiopia

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      This Orientation Framework for engaging in pastoral development, with a focus on

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      This Orientation Framework for engaging in pastoral development, with a focus on Ethiopia, is a working document for MISEREOR and national partners. ‘Pastoral development’ is used in analogy with ‘agricultural development’ but referring to pastoral systems.

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      Position Paper Trauma Work

      Position Paper Trauma Work

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      Violence wounds both the body and the soul. Stable peace and long-term development are

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      Violence wounds both the body and the soul. Stable peace and long-term development are only possible when people are able to overcome their fear, their generalized mistrust, and their grief. This is where trauma work comes into play.

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      Strategies against displacement, forced evictions and sell-out in the context of the pandemic

      Despite Covid-19, evictions are being carried out, and many households are threatened with losing their flat or house. Capital market-oriented companies are going on a shopping tour, creating facts to use the crisis in their favour.

      Resistance is necessary, but how can it be organised? Which strategies are effective and helpful? Misereor organised an exchange on these questions between urban justice and housing rights initiatives from Berlin, India and South Africa on 28 October 2020.
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