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Centre for Environmental Rights – Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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We are activist lawyers who work with communities and civil society organisations in South Africa to realise our Constitutional right to a healthy environment by advocating and litigating for environmental justice. We seek a just, equitable, compassionate society which is resilient, celebrates diversity, and respects the inter-dependence between people and the environment.


New anti-SLAPP website launched by Asina Loyiko campaign

New anti-SLAPP website launched by Asina Loyiko campaign

21 October 2020

On 20 October 2020, the Asina Loyiko campaign launched its new website to serve as a resource and connection hub for activists confronted by SLAPP suits (strategic litigation against public participation) and other uses of the law to discourage and silence activism and free speech. The collaborative Asina Loyiko: United Against Corporate Bullying* campaign, launched in 2019,… continued

Two exciting opportunities to work at CER

Two exciting opportunities to work at CER

19 October 2020

We have extended the application deadlines for two vacancies at CER to 1 November 2020. The first position is for an attorney in our Pollution & Climate Change programme. We are looking for an attorney with at least 3 years’ post-qualification litigation experience who has a passion for environmental justice. This is your chance to… continued

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  • Johannesburg

    First Floor, DJ du Plessis Building, West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein, 2001 - View Map

Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

Report a Violation

0800 205 005

Contact the National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours) or one of the national and provincial hotlines.