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Global Canopy Programme has a Forest 500 index which assesses the conduct and policy of 500 of the main “powerbrokers” in the global deforestation. This could be useful if you want to hold investors and financial institutions accountable for their connections with illegal deforestation.
CIEL and the Rainforest Foundation have useful information on how to use the REDD+ complaints mechanism if you think REDD projects are negatively impacting your rights. This could be useful if there’s a REDD program impact the rights of people who live in forests.
ClientEarth is a charity that uses the power of the law to protect the planet and the people who live on it. We are lawyers and environmental experts who are fighting against climate change and to protect nature and the environment. They use legal action to fight climate change, protect forests, oceans, rivers and other natural […]
Villagers from Myanmar who suffered serious human rights abuses by members of the army (including forced labour and forced relocation) in connection with a natural gas pipeline project, brought a class action against Unocal Corporation (a US oil company) and related companies in the US courts. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant companies paid money […]
Indigenous Mayan Q’eqchi’ Peoples from Guatemala have filed a claim in the Canadian courts against the Canadian mining TNC Hudbay Minerals Inc and two of its subsidiaries. They allege that members of the police and military committed acts of violence, including murder, assault and rape while under the control of Hudbay. They argue that the […]
A local community challenging the operation of the Koidu diamond mine in Sierra Leone relied on documents disclosed in the Panama papers to argue before the High Court of Sierra Leone that they could serve their claim on the corporate group (including the parent company Octéa Mining Limited registered in the British Virgin Islands) at […]
The Kanyika Community in Malawi is bringing a claim for compensation against Globe Metals and Mining (Africa) Limited and the Malawi Government for damages to their land, water source and religious and cultural sites. The Community was not consulted before Globe Minerals begin exploration and extraction activities in the community’s area.
In 2006, a former gold miner suffering from the lung disease silicosis sued AngloGold Ashanti in the South African courts for failing to provide employees with a safe and healthy work environment and failing to meet its law duty of care (this legal duty is discussed below). Under South African law, he had to take […]