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Coalitions & Partners
Collaborations are integral to the work of ERI, allowing us to more effectively advance our strategic goals, deepen our connections to local communities and conduct effective international advocacy. ERI partners with a wide array of organizations through coalitions and partnerships who share our commitment to justice, earthrights and the rule of law. Below is a list of current and past coalitions in which ERI has participated.
International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)
The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) is a leading coalition of human rights groups focused on corporate accountability in the US. Its mission is to harness the power of the human rights community to identify and promote robust frameworks for corporate accountability, strengthen current measures and defend existing laws, policies and legal precedents. EarthRights International works alongside Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, Global Witness and Amnesty International as members of ICAR's Steering Committee.
Mekong Legal Network
ERI supports the Mekong Legal Network, an independent group of experienced legal professionals and civil society leaders from the Mekong region that grew out of ERI's Mekong Legal Advocacy Institute (MLAI). Participants in MLN include professionals in Burma, Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as supporters from the Philippines, Australia, and the United States, who are committed to justice under the law. MLN works to promote the rule of law in the Mekong and ASEAN regions, especially in relation to regional and cross-border development issues such as the use of the Mekong River, and works with regional bodies such as the Mekong River Commission and the ASEAN Inter-governmental Human Rights Commission.
Burma Environmental Working Group (BEWG)
ERI is a member of the Burma Environmental Working Group (BEWG), which brings together Burma focused ethnic environmental and social organizations. Each member organization monitors Burma development policy and advocates for alternative development policies meeting their specific traditional and comprehensive understanding of local sustainability. BEWG provides a forum for member organizations to combine the successes, knowledge, expertise and voices of ethnic peoples in pursuit of not just local livelihoods, but sustainable and peaceful national, regional and international development policy. Members collaborate on research, reporting, advocacy campaigns, capacity-building initiatives and policy formulation. BEWG also networks with non-member organizations to encourage harmony and diversity in its own activities as well as strengthen democracy and civil society in Burma.
Publish What You Pay (PWYP)
Publish What You Pay (PWYP) is a global civil society coalition that helps citizens of resource-rich developing countries hold their governments accountable for the management of revenues from the oil, gas and mining industries. Natural resource revenues are an important source of income for governments of over 50 developing countries. When properly managed these revenues should serve as a basis for poverty reduction, economic growth and development rather than exacerbating corruption, conflict and social divisiveness.
Save the Mekong
The Save the Mekong coalition brings together non-government organizations, local people, academics, journalists, artists and ordinary people from within the Mekong countries and internationally. Save the Mekong coalition urges the Mekong governments to keep the Mekong flowing freely to save this critical source of food, income and life for present and future generations.
The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) is a collaborative initiative of groups and individuals from around the world working to secure economic and social justice through human rights. ESCR-Net seeks to strengthen the field of all human rights, with a special focus on economic, social and cultural rights, and further develop the tools for achieving their promotion, protection and fulfillment. Through ESCR-Net, groups and individuals can exchange information, develop a collective voice, amplify their actions, develop new tools and strategies. By facilitating joint actions, enhancing communications and building solidarity across regions, the network seeks to build a global movement to make human rights and social justice a reality for all. ERI is on the Steering Committee of the Corporate Accountability Working Group.
ERI also contributes to the Business and Human Rights Documentation (B-HRD) Project, a joint initiative of ESCR-Net and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law. B-HRD includes a database of reports on business and human rights as well as detailed information on cases of interest and tools and resources for human rights advocates.
The True Cost of Chevron
ERI is a participating organization in the True Cost of Chevron, a coalition of human rights, environmental and community-based organizations affected and concerned by Chevron’s global practices and focused on changing the companies policies and actions. Formed in 2009, the coalition was launched with the release of The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report. This report communicates to Chevron shareholders and employees the true cost paid by local communities and the environment for the company’s record-breaking profits. The coalition includes representatives from Angola, Burma, Canada, Chad, Cameroon, Ecuador, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, the Philippines and across the United States directly impacted by, and in struggle against, Chevron's operations.
Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma
EarthRights International is a member of Network for Human Rights Documentation - Burma (ND-Burma), a collaboration of Burma human rights organizations formed in 2003 to collaborate on the human rights documentation process. The 12 ND-Burma member organizations seek to collectively use the truth of what communities in Burma have endured to challenge the regime’s power through present-day advocacy as well as prepare for justice and accountability measures in a potential transition. ND-Burma conducts fieldwork trainings; coordinates members’ input into a common database using Martus, an open-source software developed by Benetech; and engages in joint-advocacy campaigns.
Past Coalitions & Partners
Shwe Gas Movement (SGM)
The Shwe Gas Movement (SGM) is made up of individuals and groups of people from Burma who are affected by the plans to extract natural gas from Arakan State as well as regional and international friends who share our concerns. Initiated in late 2002, SGM currently includes four local NGO’s: Shwe Gas Movement-India, Shwe Gas Movement-Bangladesh, All Arakan Students and Youth Congress, and Arakan Oil Watch. ERI was a member of SGM until 2008, and continues to work on the Shwe issue, support the goals of SGM and coordinate activities and information sharing with the Shwe Gas Movement.
International Right to Know Campaign (IRTK)
EarthRights International helped to form a broad-based coalition coordinating a campaign for an International Right to Know (IRTK). IRTK was a coalition of more than 200 environmental, labor, social justice, and human rights organizations joined together to support international right to know legislation. IRKT established guidelines that encourage companies to disclose their global policies and practices. The guidelines cover not only environmental impacts but also social impacts such as labor standards and human rights standards.
Salween Watch was formed in February 1999 and is a coalition of organizations and NGOs that work on Burma-related and environmental issues. It was set up with the primary aim of preventing the building of harmful hydroelectric power dams on the Salween River. The group members aim to inform and raise awareness to the local and international communities about the impacts of the proposed hydropower development projects in the Salween Basin. The coalition works to collect information directly from the affected project areas including data from the affected environment and the people, as well as information from the media, and other credible sources. The information, along with various participatory activities is used to raise awareness about the dams, the environment, and looks at both the positive and negative aspects of development projects among the affected communities. The group strives to build the capacity of local activists, and supports local community initiatives to help organize against development projects that potentially harm their livelihoods. At the same time, much of the groups information and campaign activities are directed outwards, with the aim of alerting and motivating key sections of the regional and international community who are in a position to access more information, influence policy, and block the financing of the hydroelectric power dams. ERI was a founding member of the Salween Watch Coalition from 1999 to 2007, and continues to support the work of EarthRights Schools' alumni organizations that are members of the coalition.