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.


Klong Sai Pattana Community

The Klong Sai Pattana community in Krabi province, Thailand is engaged in a struggle with a palm oil producer, Jiew Kang Jue Pattana Co Ltd. Jiew Kang Jue Pattana Co. Ltd. was sued for illegally occupying and exploiting the community´s land.

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Grassroots movement against Sterlite copper plant

Since the beginning when it was first proposed in 1995, the Tuticorin Sterlite Copper plant was controversial due to its highly polluting nature, and was initially rejected in three different Indian states until it was approved by Tamil Nadu. (…)

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Can Thi Theu – fighting against land grabs

Can Thi Theu is a land rights defender from Vietnam. She has been campaigning against land seizures and documenting it, in Hanoi and its surrounding provinces since 2007, when her family´s farm was confiscated. (…)

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Arrest of the ‘Huehuetenango Seven’

In 2009 Hidralia Energía, through its branch Hidro Santa Cruz, plans on constructing an Hydroelectric Dam. The Q´ANJOB´AL community opposes to the construction of the dam arguing that it will: restrict the domestic agricultural use of water, affect the community´s cultural practices, and alter a fragile ecosystem. (…)

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Belinga iron ore mine

The Belinga Iron Ore Mine was going to be located in a remote area of Northeast Gabon and to be powered by a new dam which was going to cover famous waterfalls inside a National Park, as well as connected to a new deepwater port through a new railway. The overall project required an investment of 3.5 billion USD, but did not have an environmental impact assessment and threatened forests, biodiversity and local livelihoods such as fishing, as well as thriving on corruption. After Gabonian civil society protested against the project and its manifold negative impacts, China Export-Import Bank which was planning to bankroll the project withdrew its support. (…)

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