Training Advocates, Expanding Perspectives and Strengthening Networks

“All of us came from Burma [Myanmar] from different places, backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities. Every student that has come to the EarthRights School Myanmar has . . .

“And our world will get better”

Celebrating the 2014 EarthRights School Mekong Graduates

For 2014, the EarthRights School Mekong hosted 12 students, five men and seven women, including indigenous rights activists, land rights campaigners, documentary film makers, and young human rights lawyers. This year’s students were a particularly diverse group, representing twelve ethnic Mekong River communities.

The students go on to fight problematic mining projects, help communities displaced by massive hydropower projects, and many other earth rights violations.

How We Work: In the Classroom

For nearly two decades, we’ve been training local villagers, lawyers, and civil society leaders in human rights, environmental justice, sustainable development, and  international legal advocacy. We’re preparing the next generation of earth rights defenders to protect their communities against human rights abuses and environmental devastation. We also provide personal security training for human rights defenders, as many of our students and alumni face security threats for their work.

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Forum Theatre Games

Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) are the rights indigenous peoples to participate in decision making about issues impacting them, such as development projects and natural resource management. This video is supported by Oxfam and complements Oxfam's Trainer's Manual on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).  

Forum Theatre: Strengthening Community Understanding of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) are the rights indigenous peoples to participate in decision making about issues impacting them, such as development projects and natural resource management. This video is supported by Oxfam and complements Oxfam's Trainer's Manual on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).  

Mining Workshop for Civil Society Leaders in Myanmar

Rapid development in mining in Myanmar is putting communities at risk. Pollution, inhumane business and labor practices, and violence are some of the many issues . . .

Pozzolan Mine Wearing out the People of Mt. Popa

“I have to eat my lunch so late so that I will not be hungry again in the evening,” the woman herding cattle told me . . .

The Victims of a Mega Development Project

On a cool day during the rainy season, I visited a village that had recently been relocated due to a large-scale development project. On my . . .
Mekong

Do development projects bring happiness?

Based on my own experience working closely to development projects, I have realized that there are different definitions of development and happiness. From the government’s . . .
Mother Somboun

Mother Somboun: A Happy Life on the Moun River

“For me, development is not about modernization. It is not about new technologies and modern materials. For me, development comes from inside the heart—what I . . .