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We are activist lawyers who help communities and civil society organisations in South Africa realise our Constitutional right to a healthy environment by advocating and litigating for environmental justice.


Rights and Remedies course - activating activists

Rights and Remedies course – activating activists

15 October 2019

Last month The Centre for Environmental Rights held its 2019 Rights & Remedies: A Course for Activist. 15 activists participated in a two-week long course that empowers individuals actively pushing back against destructive industries in their communities and furnishes them with the tools to defend their environmental rights. Since its inception, the course capacitates participants… continued

Access to Information Network - 9th Shadow Report

Access to Information Network – 9th Shadow Report

28 September 2019

September 28th marks the UNESCO International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI). A day set aside internationally to advocate and encourage greater information transparency. This year, under the theme “Leaving No One Behind”, UNESCO aims to address inequality exasperate by the digital transformation of our era. In recognition of this significant international moment, the Access… continued

2019 Policy Brief on minimum recommendations for the welfare and protection of wild animals

2019 Policy Brief on minimum recommendations for the welfare and protection of wild animals

25 September 2019

Today, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) published a policy brief titled “Legal and practical regulation of the welfare of wild animals in South Africa” which sets out updated recommendations and implementation strategies to adequately regulate and protect the well-being of South Africa’s wild animals. The policy brief is… continued

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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.

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0800 205 005

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