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Resource portal for environmental human rights defenders.

UNEP, OHCHR, and the Universal Rights Group are launching a global survey on good practices that aim to support environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs), their work and communities. The survey also aims to identify gaps in existing UN guidance with a view to putting forward practical recommendations for a UN system-wide response to support the rights and particular needs of EHRDs.

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The exercise of human rights helps to protect the environment, and a healthy environment helps to ensure the full enjoyment of human rights

– Prof. John Knox


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human rights
are facing
a crisis.

The environment is a new battleground for human rights. As demand for products like timber, minerals and palm oil continues to rise, governments, companies and criminals are exploiting land with little regard for the people who live on it


Around the world, those who defend the environment and the human rights that depend on it face all types of obstacles, challenges and threats. Overcoming adversity, environmental human rights defenders have been working to change the lifes of many.

The Escazu

This landmark treaty aims to guarantee the full and effective implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the rights of access to environmental information, public participation in the environmental decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters.

DD Coalition

The Defending Land and Environmental Defenders Coalition was formed to build a bridge between international, national and local work, and overcome gaps between siloed communities who may be failing to build on each other’s work