Our anteaters (tamanduas). We are calling them our "Tamanduo" because they are inseparable best friends! Tammy is a bit older, doing great and getting ready for release. Bean is a bit younger and his health and fur are improving, but he needs a litRead Now
This is Paco, the baby howler monkey. He had a bad fall riding on his mother when a branch broke. Luckily, the injury was minor and we were able to reunite him with mama the next day! Many thanks to our sloth researcher friends out at Tulemar!Read Now
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This is Crumpet, a chestnut mandibled toucan, who arrived as a juvenile with an old wing fracture. After teaching how to eat by himself, and assessing his flying abilities, we were able to release him after a few weeks!Read Now
International court to seek
environmental land cases
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services
The International Criminal Court said that it will start focusing on crimes linked to environmental destruction, the illegal exploitation of natural resources and unlawful dispossession of land.
The United Nations-backed court, which sits in The Hague, has mostly ruled on cases of genocide and war crimes since it was set up in 2002.
Now, in a move widely hailed by land rights activists, the court said that environmental destruction and land grabs could lead to governments and individuals being prosecuted for crimes against humanity.
The court, which is funded by governments and is regarded as the court of last resort, said it would now take into consideration crimes that have been traditionally underprosecuted.
Land grabbing has become increasingly common worldwide, with national and local governments allocating private companies tens of millions of hectares of land in the past 10 years.
The anti-corruption campaigners from Global Witness say this has led to many forced evictions, the cultural genocide of indigenous peoples, malnutrition and environmental destruction.
"This shift means it can start holding corporate executives to account for large-scale land grabbing and massive displacement happening during peacetime," said Alice Harrison of Global Witness.
The move comes ahead of a decision by court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on whether to investigate a case filed by human rights lawyers in 2014 accusing Cambodian officials and businessmen of engaging in illegal land dispossession.
The firm representing the Cambodian plaintiffs said the court’s policy shift opens the door for the case to be investigated by the court.
Cambodia's government has dismissed the case as politically motivated and based on fake numbers of people being affected by land grabbing.
Last year was the deadliest on record for land rights campaigners, with more than three people killed each week in conflicts over territory with mining companies, loggers, hydroelectric dams or agribusiness firms, Global Witness said.
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