April 8, 2008
I write with great news!
ELAW partner Netsanet Demissie was released from an Ethiopian prison on March 28, after nearly two and a half years in jail.
February 21, 2008
January 10, 2008
ELAW partner Ritwick Dutta
In theory, EIAs are supposed to help communities make good decisions about the environment. But that theory breaks down when an EIA is fraudulent!
November 12, 2007 -- Public protests rocked Addis Ababa two years ago following a contentious election. Thousands were arrested. One hundred thirty one opposition leaders, journalists and civil society leaders faced the death penalty in a trial that began in May 2006. Currently, two years after they were arrested, ELAW partner Netsanet Demissie, and anti-poverty activist Daniel Bekele, remain in jail, awaiting their verdicts.
Last month, judges in Ethiopia`s Federal High Court again delayed their verdict.
September 13, 2007 — The UN General Assembly announced today the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. ELAW partner Hector Huertas attended the historic event. Hector is a Kuna Indian lawyer. He worked on the draft declaration for 10 years. He wrote from New York: "We will finally see justice for the more than 350 million indigenous peoples in the world."
July 11, 2007
We are thrilled to report a stirring victory in Malaysia. Our Malaysian partners -- lawyers with the Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) -- have been working for years with citizens of the community of Broga to protect their air quality from a huge proposed incinerator. They filed a petition to the High Court to stop construction, and last week the Malaysian government announced that it is canceling the incinerator and will instead focus on reducing wastes!
Mexican Group Challenges Canada’s Seal Hunt
June 26, 2007 -- Hundreds of thousands of harp seal pups are killed every year in Northeast Canada. Yesterday, ELAW partners in Mexico filed a petition with the Montreal-based Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) calling for a formal investigation into this brutal practice.
June 13, 2007
We are celebrating exciting victories by ELAW partners in Chile, Ecuador, and Russia!
A home in Arica, Chile, near the original dump site.
May 3, 2007
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