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Aerial view of the smelting complex in the city of La Oroya, Peru in 2022. La Oroya is one of the most polluted localities on the planet. (Ernesto Benavides / AFP via Getty Images)
From the Experts: Victory June 20, 2024

La Oroya v. Peru: Historic Precedent on Human Rights and the Environment

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights set an important precedent for state oversight of industrial pollution.

Aerial view of the smelting complex in the city of La Oroya, Peru in 2022. La Oroya is one of the most polluted localities on the planet. (Ernesto Benavides / AFP via Getty Images)
From the Experts: Victory June 20, 2024

La Oroya vs. Per煤: Precedente Hist贸rico Sobre Derechos Humanos y el Medio Ambiente

La Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos estableci贸 un precedente importante para la fiscalizaci贸n de la contaminaci贸n industrial por parte de los Estados.

Press Release July 11, 2024

EPA Grants Petition to Regulate PFAS Found in Plastic Containers

The federal agency will start a rulemaking process to address toxic 鈥榝orever chemicals鈥 found in more than 100 million fluorinated plastic containers

In the News: Alaska Public Media July 10, 2024

As a mining project moves ahead, Southeast Alaska tribes say Canada denies their human rights

Ramin Pejan, Attorney, International Program: 鈥淚 think if we interpret Desautel, it鈥檚 very clear from the evidence we鈥檝e submitted that we meet the threshold legal test for recognizing SEITC and its tribes as protected under the Canadian Constitution.鈥

page July 11, 2024

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From Mission Hill Overlook, overlooking Bay Mills Indian Community with Spectacle Lake and Lake Superior in the background. (Whitney Gravelle)
Press Release June 28, 2024

Tribes Move to Defend EPA鈥檚 Tribal Water Rights Rule

Seven Tribal nations seek to fend off attack by 12 states

A smelter in La Oroya, Peru has polluted the small Andean city for generations. (Mitchell Gilbert for AIDA)
Press Release: Victory March 22, 2024

Inter-American Court Ruling on La Oroya Case Sets Key Precedent for the Protection of a Healthy Environment

The Court found Peru responsible for violating the rights of residents of La Oroya, who have been exposed to unsafe levels of toxic contamination for generations

(Mitchell Gilbert para AIDA)
Press Release: Victory March 22, 2024

Fallo de la Corte IDH en Caso de La Oroya Sienta Precedente Clave para la Protecci贸n del Ambiente Sano

El tribunal estableci贸 la responsabilidad del estado peruano en la violaci贸n de derechos de residentes de La Oroya, afectados por d茅cadas de contaminaci贸n t贸xica

Residents of La Oroya, Peru, hold a sign that reads "Doe Run, it is enough of environmental crimes" during a march through the streets of Lima demanding medical assistance and a halt to the pollution generated by mining in Peru. (Fotoholica Press / LightRocket via Getty Images)
Article March 28, 2024

Historic Court Decision Puts Big Polluters on Notice in Latin America

An international court ruled in favor of the people of La Oroya, Peru, finding that the government violated their right to a healthy environment.

document June 28, 2024

EPA Tribal Reserved Rights Rule – Motion to Intervene

Seven Tribal Nations, represented by Earthjustice and the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota to intervene in defense of the EPA鈥檚 Tribal Reserved Rights Rule, after 12 states filed a lawsuit to dismantle it.

(Sonia Luokkala / SEITC)
Press Release June 12, 2024

Alaska, Washington Tribes condemn BC鈥檚 flawed consultation policy

New and diminished engagement with U.S. Tribes violates Provincial law

Earthjustice attorneys Jacob Kopas and Mae Manupipatpong before a hearing at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Press Release April 23, 2024

Historic Hearings on Climate Change at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Earthjustice attorneys will be presenting before the Court

The U.S. Capitol building. (Architect of the Capitol)
From the Experts June 21, 2024

The Congressional Review Act: Congress鈥檚 Favorite Tool to Undermine Public Health, Labor Rights, and Environmental Protections

It鈥檚 time to repeal this damaging and undemocratic piece of legislation.

document June 13, 2024

Petition for Declaratory Order: Skookumchuck Dam

The Quinault Indian Nation filed a petition with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife calling for removal of the aging Skookumchuck Dam.

The newly restored flows to Wailuku River in October 2014. (Kapua Sproat / Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory June 24, 2024

Hawai鈥榠鈥檚 High Court Issues Another Historic Ruling in Maui 鈥淔our Waters鈥 Case

State Water Commission failed to restore stream flows after closure of last sugar plantation

Ciarra Greene, member of the Nez Perce Tribe, walks along a section of the Snake River near Asotin, Wash. (Brian Plonka for Earthjustice)
Update June 27, 2024

The Federal Government Is Finally Acknowledging How Columbia River Basin Dams Have Harmed Tribes

A new report highlights the need for concrete action to restore salmon populations and honor treaty obligations.

document September 18, 2023

IACHR Report on Admissibility for SEITC Petition

Decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to admit a petition from Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission (SEITC), alleging that Canada鈥檚 failure to regulate and prevent threats from large-scale mining operations in British Columbia constitutes a violation of SEITC member Tribes鈥 internationally recognized human rights.

(Sonia Luokkala / SEITC)
Article June 3, 2024

Spring on Alaska’s Unuk River Represents a Fight for Our Way of Life

Mining pollution threatens the sovereign rights of the Tsimshian in Southeast Alaska. Assistant Executive Director of the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission Lee Wagner tells what that means for her community.