EarthRights International

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EarthRights International (ERI) "is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group of activists, organizers, and lawyers with expertise in human rights, the environment, and corporate and government accountability. ERI has offices in the U.S. and Southeast Asia." [1]

"EarthRights International (ERI) combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment. We focus our work at the intersection of human rights and the environment, which we define as earth rights. We specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training for grassroots and community leaders and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, ERI seeks to end earth rights abuses, and to promote and protect earth rights." [2]

Burma Project [3]

"EarthRights International's Burma Project collects vital on-the-ground information about the human rights and environmental situation in Burma. Since 1995, ERI has worked in Burma to monitor the impacts of the military regime's policies and activities on local populations and ecosystems. ERI's staff has gathered a vast body of valuable, rare information about the state of the military regime's war on its peoples and its environment."

Funders [4]

In 2001 EarthRights International (ERI), Thailand (funds allocated from Urgent Action/Important Opportunities) received $1,500 from Rights and Democracy to: "ERI responds to the needs of ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples in their attempt to protect their rights during development and investment activities in their traditional lands. This grant helped to support the publication of Total Denial II, which documents the human rights abuses and environmental degradation that have occurred as a direct result of two gas pipeline projects in Burma supported by transnational corporations, including Totalfina (France), Unocal (USA), Premier (UK) and IHV Caland (the Netherlands)." In 2004 Earthrights International (United States) received a grant "Rights & Democracy supported Earthrights International's research in Burma on the effects of investment and development projects on the traditional lands of indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities. This work aimed to protect the rights of these groups and their environment. Through this initiative, Rights & Democracy contributed to advocacy for the rights of indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities." [5]

Directors [6]



1612 K St. NW #401
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-466-5188
Fax: 202-466-5189

Southeast Asia Office
PO Box 123
Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50202
Phone: 66-8-1-531-1256

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  1. About Us, EarthRights International, accessed July 17, 2007.
  2. Mission Statement, EarthRights International, accessed July 17, 2007.
  3. Burma Project, EarthRights International, accessed July 17, 2007.
  4. 2006 Annual Report, EarthRights International, accessed July 17, 2007.
  5. Democracy Projects Database, NED, accessed August 22, 2007.
  6. Board Members, EarthRights International, accessed July 17, 2007.