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Centre for Environmental Rights – Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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Activist Support & Training

Activist Defence

The project works to ensure that there are arrangements in place to support activists with legal representation when they are arrested or sued in the course of their work in defending and protecting the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or wellbeing.

The project participated in, and co-authored a joint report published by CER, groundWorkEarthjustice, and Human Rights Watch entitled “‘We Know Our Lives Are in Danger’: Environment of Fear in South Africa’s Mining-Affected Communities”. This report showed that community activists in mining areas face harassment, intimidation, and violence that have created an atmosphere of fear for community members who mobilise to raise concerns about damage to their livelihoods from the serious environmental and health risks of mining and coal-fired power plants.

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  • Cape Town

    Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925 - View Map
  • Johannesburg

    2 Sherwood Road, Forest Town, Johannesburg, 2193 - 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.