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Environmental Defenders Declaration for South East Asia

Sign the Environmental Defenders Declaration for South East Asia

We joined forces with Not1More (N1M) and Cambodian Youth Network, to create the 2018 Forest Defenders Conference with a regional focus on South East Asia. The 2018 conference was organized in response to the requests of the frontline defenders who attended the N1M’s 2017 conference in Oxford, and who wanted to build on the solidarity, energy, analysis, and relationships that developed at the first Forest Defenders Conference. One of the key objectives was to create a safe and stimulating environment for at-risk defenders to connect with funders, NGOs, inter-governmental agencies, public interest lawyers, security specialists, and particularly with each other. During the conference, over 90 defenders and allies worked together to develop the Environmental Defenders Declaration for South East Asia, offering concrete recommendations to governments, the private sector, UN, international finance institutions, and civil society to address the crisis of violence facing all who take action or resist evictions and dispossession of their lands, forests, seas and rivers.

Strategies in Action

Case: Sahu v. Union Carbide

In Bhopal, India, people continue to suffer from water contamination. And no one is taking responsibility. In 1984, the world’s worst industrial disaster – a toxic gas leak at a

Case: Barrick

Security guards for world’s largest gold mining company rape and kill locals in Papua New Guinea. For decades, security guards at Barrick Gold Corporation’s gold mine in the remote highlands

Case: Campos-Alvarez v. Newmont Mining

Shooting Peaceful Mine Protesters in Peru. In Peru, police brutality against earth rights defenders is a systemic problem especially in the context of extractive industries. One emblematic example of police

Case: Norperuano Pipeline Contamination

A pipeline in the northernmost Peruvian Amazon has been spilling oil and contaminating communities for 50 years. The pipeline is operated by the Peruvian government, through its state-owned oil company