International Right to a Healthy Environment

Regional Office / Program

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.

Case Updates

September 23, 2013 Article

Dams, Mines Threaten Indigenous Rights

A longstanding goal of Earthjustice and the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) has been to sound alarms at the United Nations, in national courtrooms and in international fora such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights about environmental and human rights violations associated with mines and dams. Indigenous peoples are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of such extractive and energy industries in their territories. Last April, Earthjustice and AIDA provided evidence of these harms, as well as recommendations…

July 19, 2013 Article

Obama Needs to Step Up Climate Change Plan

Only a great leap forward can succeed against this critical issue