Every day people are told that they can no longer live on the land that their family has lived on for generations.
If they refuse to leave, they can get arrested, physically injured, and forcibly relocated.
For many communities living in developing countries, this is an all to common problem. By simply living on resource-rich land that is desirable to corporations, they are at risk of becoming victims to land grabbing and forced eviction without free, prior, and informed consent.
Many communities around the globe live off their land: hunting, fishing, gathering of fruits and nuts, and small scale agriculture fulfill most if not all their necessities. When families are driven off their land, through force or because the destructions of their natural habitats forces them to migrate, can be devastating. Indigenous peoples, especially peoples living in voluntary isolation and initial contact (PIAVs), are especially at risk. Their lands have fundamental importance, and are often intrinsically tied to religion and cultural identity that is intrinsic to the land.
We prevent and remedy land rights violations of communities at risk by training legal advocates in affected communities, and by holding corporations accountable in courts of justice .
ERI holds workshops that cover legal strategies, campaigning, and storytelling as land rights tools for our network of lawyers and legal advocates.
We hold corporations accountable by fighting for stronger transparency laws. As long as companies can keep secrets about where their supplies comes from and who they subcontract, it will be very difficult to hold them accountable.