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International Right to a Healthy Environment

Case Overview

Earthjustice is involved in an effort to persuade the United Nations that the right to a safe, healthy, and healthful environment is a basic human right and, as such, is protected by various existing human rights agreements and conventions. Considerable progress has been made.

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Case Updates

April 5, 2011 | Feature

Human Rights And The Environment

Earthjustice uses the U.S. courts and international tribunals to hold corporations and governments accountable for human rights violations resulting from environmental devastation.

January 7, 2011 | Feature

Down to Earth: Entrevista a Rodolfo Montiel Flores

Bueno, nosotros hicimos varias movilizaciones. Nosotros escribíamos cartas a distintas dependencias del gobierno, como a la Secretaría del Medioambiente y Recursos Naturales, al Presidente, entonces estaba Ernesto Zedillo, al gobernador interino Aguirre Rivero, pero como este, como respuesta solo encontramos presión de parte del gobierno, persecución..

December 14, 2010 | Feature

Latin American Environmentalists Risk Imprisonment, Torture

Despite dangerous circumstances, communities and nonprofit organizations are still courageously fighting to defend the environment in Latin America. Established groups like CEMDA and AIDA are continuing their work and indigenous communities are banding together to preserve the region’s natural heritage.

December 14, 2010 | Feature

Q&A with Astrid Puentes, AIDA Co-Director

From offices in Mexico City, Astrid Puentes serves as co-director of Earthjustice’s sister organization, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA). We recently chatted with Puentes to discuss AIDA’s mission and the outlook for environmental advocacy in Latin America.

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