Earthrights International

EarthRights International (ERI) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which we define as "earth rights." We specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, EarthRights International seeks to end earth rights abuses, to provide real solutions for real people, and to promote and protect human rights and the environment in the communities where we work.

Releases by this organization

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Austrian Turbine Company Should Uphold Human Rights Principles In Mekong Mega Dam Project
Yesterday, the Austrian Ministry of Economic Affairs published an assessment report on the follow-up process of the OECD complaint against Andritz Hydro. EarthRights International (ERI) and its allies call jointly on Austrian turbine manufacturer Andritz Hydro to fully implement its environmental...
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Wednesday, August 01, 2018
U.S. Government Opposes “Absolute” Immunity for World Bank Group in Brief to SCOTUS
Late yesterday, the U.S. Government urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision holding that international organizations like the World Bank Group are entitled to “absolute immunity” from lawsuits in U.S. Courts – an immunity far greater than any other person or entity receives...
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Court Dismisses Frivolous and “Dangerously Broad” Lawsuit Against NGO BankTrack for Opposing Dakota Access Pipeline
Yesterday, a federal judge issued a stinging dismissal of a lawsuit by developers of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) against BankTrack , a human rights and environmental NGO dedicated to ensuring that private banks engage in sustainable financing. In 2017, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) sued...
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Friday, May 04, 2018
Peruvian Farmers Appeal in Fight to Hold Newmont Accountable in U.S. Court
In a recent decision, a federal court in Delaware decided that Maxima Acuña Atalaya and her family’s case against Newmont Mining Corporation, should be heard in Peru - not Delaware, where the company incorporated almost 100 years ago. The court made this decision despite voicing concerns about...
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Colorado Communities File Lawsuit Against Oil Giants for Climate Change Costs
Today, the Colorado communities of Boulder County, San Miguel County, and the City of Boulder—with legal support from EarthRights International, Niskanen Center, and other co-counsel— filed a lawsuit against Suncor and ExxonMobil (“Exxon”), two oil companies with significant responsibility for...
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Friday, February 09, 2018
Peruvian Subsistence Farmer Asks Court to Continue Case Against U.S. Company in Delaware
EarthRights International (ERI), with plaintiff Máxima Acuña Atalaya de Chaupe in attendance, argued to a U.S. Federal Court today that it should keep their case against Newmont Mining Corporation (which is incorporated in Delaware) in the United States. For over six years, Newmont has led a...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Myanmar Economic Zone Developers Launch Complaint Process That Violates Human Rights Norms
Companies responsible for human rights violations in Myanmar's Thilawa Special Economic Zone have failed their obligations under international business and human rights norms in their newly-launched Thilawa Complaints Management Procedure (TCMP). Thilawa community members have sent the developers...
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Honduran Farmers Sue World Bank Group for Human Rights Violations
EarthRights International (ERI) filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of Honduran farmers charging two World Bank Group members with aiding and abetting gross violations of human rights. The suit arises out of the substantial financial support two World Bank entities, the International Finance...
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Monday, December 19, 2016
The U'wa Nation Continues Lawsuit Against Colombia at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
On Friday, the U'wa Association, the international NGO EarthRights International (ERI) and the Colombian human rights organization Cajar, presented allegations in the form of a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in favor of the U'Wa Nation. The brief alleges the...
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Human Rights Claims against Chiquita for Funding Colombian Paramilitaries Will Proceed in U.S. Court
After almost a decade of litigation, victims of Colombian paramilitary death squads funded by Chiquita are moving forward in a federal lawsuit against the banana giant. Yesterday, Florida federal judge Kenneth Marra rejected Chiquita’s argument that the case should be heard in Colombia rather than...
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