human rights

Essential Farmworkers Deserve Pesticide Protections

Essential Farmworkers Deserve Pesticide Protections

By Iris Figueroa and Amy K. Liebman COVID-19 is having disproportionate impacts on our nation’s two million farmworkers, who as essential workers continue to toil in the fields despite numerous deadly outbreaks and no federal COVID-related workplace protections. COVID-19 has pulled back the veil on the strikingly poor workplace conditions of these essential workers, built […]

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    Niger Delta Still Waiting for Big Oil to Clean Up Devastating Pollution

    Niger Delta Still Waiting for Big Oil to Clean Up Devastating Pollution

    By Jenna McGuire In 2011, a ground-breaking report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on oil pollution in Ogoniland highlighted the devastating impact of the oil industry in the Niger Delta and made concrete recommendations for clean-up measures and immediate support for the region’s devastated communities. Now, nearly ten years later, a new report published […]

    Fighting for a Just COVID-19 Response

    Fighting for a Just COVID-19 Response

    By Derrick Z. Jackson As much as hurricanes Katrina and Maria upended African American and Latinx families, the landfall of the coronavirus brings a gale of another order. This Category 5 of infectious disease packs the power to level communities already battered from environmental, economic, and health injustice. If response and relief efforts fail to […]

    Munich Security Conference: African Leaders Absent From Sahel Talks

    Munich Security Conference: African Leaders Absent From Sahel Talks

    At the 56th Munich Security Conference in Germany, world powers turned to international defense issues with a focus on “Westlessness” — the idea that Western countries are uncertain of their values and their strategic orientation. Officials also discussed the implications of the coronavirus outbreak, the Middle East and the Libya crisis. In the crowded Bayerischer […]

    New Report Details How Fossil Fuel Industry’s Climate Destruction Also Exacerbates Human Rights Abuses

    New Report Details How Fossil Fuel Industry’s Climate Destruction Also Exacerbates Human Rights Abuses

    By Julia Conley In addition to having a disproportionate impact on marginalized communities around the globe which have contributed the least to climate-warming fossil fuel emissions, the climate crisis has exacerbated the human rights violations already perpetrated by the fossil fuel industry, according to a new report. The grassroots climate action group 350.org examined ten […]

    Where Humans Destroy Nature, Women Also Suffer More Violence

    Where Humans Destroy Nature, Women Also Suffer More Violence

    By Julia Conley Climate action leaders have warned for years that marginalized frontline communities in poor countries are already facing the most destructive impacts of the climate crisis, and a new study confirms those fears, detailing how women in those regions are at greater risk for violence and abuse as the environment is degraded. The […]

    New Zealand Will Consider Climate Crisis in All Major Policy Decisions

    New Zealand Will Consider Climate Crisis in All Major Policy Decisions

    Consideration of the climate crisis will be front and center in all of New Zealand‘s major policy decisions. The new rule means that any new proposal before the government that aims either to reduce emissions or has a collateral damage effect of raising emissions will need to go through a climate-impact assessment before it can […]

    8 Conservationists Convicted of Spying in Iran

    8 Conservationists Convicted of Spying in Iran

    By Kayleigh Long A court in Tehran last week delivered a guilty verdict in the case of eight Iranian conservationists accused of spying, with sentences ranging from four to 10 years. The eight were all affiliated with the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF), a Tehran-based conservation organization that works to save the critically endangered Asiatic […]