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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Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Historic Climate Liability Case in Colorado Against Exxon and Suncor to Proceed in State Court
Today, the United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit ruled that a case launched by Boulder County, San Miguel County, and the City of Boulder will proceed in state, rather than federal court. Marco Simons, General Counsel of EarthRights International, which is representing the municipalities in...
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Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Organizations Urge Governments to Protect Activists and Communities Threatened by Armed Groups During COVID-19 Pandemic
In response to the increased vulnerability of human rights defenders brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, a broad assortment of civil society organizations today urged the governments of Honduras and Colombia to adopt all measures necessary to guarantee the human rights of defenders, social leaders...
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Farmers and Fishermen to Challenge World Bank Group Immunity Ruling
A fishing and farming community in Gujarat, India will challenge a ruling from a federal judge in the District of Columbia that the International Finance Corporation (IFC) - part of the World Bank Group - is immune from being sued for damages inflicted by a coal-fired power plant that it...
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Tuesday, October 08, 2019
EarthRights International Urges Congress to Cancel Corporate Abuse
Today, EarthRights International launched Cancel Corporate Abuse , a new campaign to hold corporations accountable for human rights abuses. The campaign highlights the case of Chiquita Brands International, which for nearly a decade in the 1990s and early 2000s, secretly made monthly payments...
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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Historic Supreme Court Win: World Bank Group Is Not Above The Law
In a historic 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided today in Jam v. International Finance Corporation (IFC) that international organizations like the World Bank Group can be sued in U.S. courts. The Court’s decision marks a defining moment for the IFC - the arm of the World Bank Group that...
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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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