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Law and Communities Program News

February 2014 UN registered Barro Blanco Hydroelectric Dam temporarily suspended over non-compliance with Environmental Impact Assessment
February 2014 Groups Appeal to UN to Halt Imminent Forced Evictions of Indigenous Ngöbe Community
February 2014 Young Filipinos file Supreme Court Petition against Government. Their Demand: Divide the Roads in Half.
February 2014 As Epidemic Sweeps Nicaragua, Government Denies Construction of Life-Saving Clinic
January 2014 The Guide for Potential Amici in International Investment Arbitrations
January 2014 World Bank forced to admit failings on controversial human rights scandal
January 2014 World Bank funding a company implicated in human rights abuses in Honduras
August 2013 Groups Support Challenge to Dam Project in Panama for Violating Indigenous Rights
June 2013 UN Representative on Indigenous Peoples Asked to Investigate Human Rights Violations Caused by Panama's Barro Blanco Dam
June 2013 Ontario Securities Commission asked to Investigate Tahoe Resources After Wiretap Evidence Implicates Employees in Violence at Guatemala Mine
April 2013 Early Warning System Launched to Alert Communities to Investments that may Affect their Rights
April 2013 Mining license approved in wake of violence, investigation into murder pending
March 2013 New CIEL blog post asks #Whatwillittake for the World Bank to uphold human rights?
March 2013 Urgent Action: Call for investigation and company departure in response to recurring violence in area of Canadian-owned silver project
March 2013 Guatemala's Highest Court Denies Justice to Indigenous Peoples Affected by Mining
November 2012 International Organizations Call for Better Protection for Human Rights Defenders in Guatemala
August 2012 CIEL Calls on World Bank to Revisit Investment in Lonmin, Operator of Violence-Plagued South African Mine
July 2012 Guatemala's Highest Court to Hear Landmark Indigenous Challenge of Mining Law
June 2012 Complaint filed against World Bank Group for funding gold mine in fragile Columbian wetlands
June 2012 International NGOs intervene to prevent human rights violations and environmental damage in Kenya
January 2012 A wake-up call for human rights defenders in the Americas, not indicator of Goldcorp's performance
November, 2011 Impoverishment, not development, could be end result of Goldcorp's Marlin Mine in Guatemala, says new study
September 2011 Goldcorp Removed from Dow Jones Sustainability Index
October 2010 Human Rights Body to Hear of Abuses against Environmental Defenders: Rising tensions in Mexico and Central America bring issue to a head.
June 2010 Guatemala Suspends Marlin Mine: Human rights and environmental organizations applaud the decision, urge President Colom's government to protect communities against retaliation.
May 2010 CIEL and partner organizations fight to stop human rights abuses by Canadian mining companies operating in Guatemala.
March 2010 Canadian Government Accepts Complaint Against Goldcorp; Affected Communities Urge Investigation
December 2009 Guatemalan community leaders ask Canadian government to investigate human rights violations committed by Goldcorp Inc. at Marlin Mine.
March 2008 Victims of Biofuel: Nicaraguan Communities Affected by IFC-Funded Ethanol Plant File Complaint.
January 2008 Call for Protection for Indigenous Peoples in Isolation in the Peruvian Amazon (Llamado Para La Protección De Los Pueblos Indígenas En Aislamiento En La Amazonia Peruana).
December 2007 CIEL requests precautionary measures for the protection of Cacataibo indigenous peoples in isolation in the Peruvian Amazon.
October 2007 Traditional Knowledge, Folklore and Genetic Resources: Developments at WIPO and other Multinational Flora.
September 2007 CIEL and IBC work together to safeguard the rights of the Catataibo Indigenous Peoples threatened by Oil exploration in Amazonia.
February 2007 CIEL submission to human rights committee requests inspection of Ethiopia's treatment of indigenous peoples in the Omo National Park.
December 2006 CIEL supported the All Africa Public Interest Environmental Law and Justice Conference. Nakuru, Kenya, December 6-10, 2006.
June 2006 Eleventh Biennial International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASCP) Conference. Survival of the Commons: Mounting Challenges and New Realities - Bali, Indonesia, June 19 - June 23, 2006. CIEL is organizing several panels composed of partners, including Africa and Asia panels on community-based natural resource management and public interest law.
March 2006 International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASCP) Europe Regional Meeting. Building the European Commons: from Open Fields to Open Source - Brescia, Italy, March 23-25, 2006.
January 2006 2006 Polycentric World Social Forum. CIEL Law and Communities Program Associate Lauren Baker participated in the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela from January 24-29, 2006. She wrote a memo dialoguing her observations and reflections.
December 2005 CIEL and Philippines Environmental Justice Project partners published a book: Philippine Forum on Environmental Justice: Forest and Coastal Resources.
October 2005 CIEL co-sponsored the Environmental and Public Interest Law Conference and Workshop, held in Bohol, Philippines, from October 25-27, 2005.
June 2005 CIEL published a joint research report, "Communities, Forests and Law of Nepal: Present State and Challenges" with the Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN) and ProPublic
August 2004 10th Global Meeting of the International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASCP) in Oaxaca, Mexico. CIEL actively participated in the 10th Biennial Conference, and CIEL Senior Attorney and L&C Program manager Owen Lynch commenced his term as incoming IASCP President-Elect (2004-2010 term).
March 2004 CIEL Co-Sponsors 4th All Asia Public Interest Environmental Law Conference while Launching Two Publications on Community Based Property Rights
March 2004 CIEL Sponsors Electronic Edition of Philippine Environment and Natural Resource Policy Issuances 1987 - 2003
March 2004 Conference on Prior Informed Consent: Emergence as a Principle of International Law, and Implementation at International, National and Local Levels.
January 2004 CIEL collaborates on a Human Rights & Environment workshop and participates in the Land Rights Mela for the 2004 World Social Forum in Mumbai, India on January 19, 2004. CIEL also presents case studies during a workshop on export credit agencies.
October 2003 International Tribunal in Brazil Condemns Violation of Rights of Landless Workers and the Environment.
January 2003 CIEL is a principal organizer of a workshop on Human Rights and the Environment at the 2003 World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil on January 26, 2003.
January 2003 CIEL organized a workshop at the Asian Social Forum, Hyderabad, India titled: "Environmental Justice: Linking Human Well being and the Environment" on January 6, 2003.
December 2002 CIEL organized and co-hosted the North America/South Asia Conversation on Environmental Justice in Sariska, India.
September 2002 CIEL launched a paper titled "One Species, One Planet: Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development" at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Download the paper in PDF format at
September 2002 CIEL organized a Community-Based Property Rights panel and participated in a Human Rights workshop during the World Summit on Sustainable Development on August 26 to September 4, 2002.
June 2002 CIEL organized a workshop on "Applying Theory on the Ground: Promoting Legal Recognition of Community-Based Property Rights, Including Common Property" during the 9th Biennial Conference of the International Association of the Study for Common Property.
May 2002 Proceedings of the African Public Interest Law and Community-Based Property Rights Workshop held in Arusha, Tanzania in 2000 were published, and are available by contacting Kristen Genovese.
April 2002 Community-Based Marine Resources and Coastal Area Management Workshop held at Manado, Indonesia on April 15, 2002.
March 2002 In collaboration with its Indonesian partners -- HuMa (Association for Community and Ecology Based Law Reform), Lembaga Studi & Advokasi Masyarakat (ELSAM - Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy), the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL), and the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) - CIEL completed and published a book: Whose Resources? Whose Common Good? Towards a New Paradigm of Environmental Justice and the National Interest in Indonesia.
September 2001 Alternative Lawyering Conference co-hosted by CIEL and the Alternative Law Forum (ALF) in Bangalore, India.
June 2001 Marine and Coastal Resources and Community-Based Property Rights: A Philippine Workshop, June 12 - 15, Batangas, Philippines.
January 2001 CIEL helps score major victory for indigenous rights in Philippine Supreme Court.
November 2000 Workshop on promoting public interest law careers in India.
August 2000 CIEL and Lawyers' Environmental Action Team (Tanzania), in coordination with WRI and IASCP hosted a workshop on African Public Interest Law and Community-Based Property Rights.
June 2000 CIEL hosted a roundtable panel on "Public Interest Law and Community-Based Property Rights, including the Commons" during the 8th IASCP biennial meeting.
May 2000 CIEL co-hosted a workshop on "The Climate Change Convention's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM): Advocating for the Basic Rights of Indigenous and other Local Communities".


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