A Look at US Government Support for the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement

The US government has co-sponsored United Nations’ resolutions that adopted the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement as an important tool for dealing with situations of internal displacement and welcomed the fact that an increasing number of countries, United Nations agencies, and regional and non-governmental organizations are applying them as a standard. In October 2004, the U.S. State

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United Nations’ Committee Calls on U.S. Government to Protect Human Rights in Gulf Coast Recovery

The hundreds of lives lost as a result of substandard and ineptly designed levees and the discriminatory treatment of African American hurricane survivors during and after Hurricane Katrina are widely known, but have not been fully recognized as human rights violations. The U.S. government is obligated to protect the human rights to life and non-discrimination. 

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Oil Spill Puts People of Color on Slippery Slope

For twelve days, approximately 2,520,000 gallons of oil have gushed from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the explosion and fire that capsized an oil rig under contract to the British Petroleum Oil Corporation (BP). No effective safety preparations were in place to prevent the massive oil slick now heading

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Reports

Industrial Sources of Dioxin Poisoning in Mossville, Louisiana: (July, 2007) A Report Based on the Government’s Own Data DOWNLOAD the full report Full resolution (Press .PDF) Optimized resolution (web .PDF) Executive Summary Since 1998, the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) – which is a division of the Centers for Disease Control

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AEHR Media Coverage

Monday, January 21, 2008 Katrina response still not meeting U.N. human rights standards, LA Weekly Hurricane Katrina was not only a domestic tragedy. The U.S. government’s insufficient efforts to prevent families from being uprooted, its inadequate emergency response, and the still-lagging recovery are at odds with internationally recognized human rights principles that the Bush administration

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AEHR News Releases & Announcements

April 19, 2011 Historic Fishing, Oyster Harvesting, and Shrimping Village to Memorialize the BP Oil Drilling Disaster in Plaquemines Parish Read More February 25, 2011 UN-appointed independent expert to study USA’s practices regarding the human right to water and sanitation Read More April 30, 2010 AEHR Statement on the BP Oil Drilling Disaster Read More

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MEDIA

Media For media inquiries, please contact: Nathalie Walker Co-Director & Attorney (504) 799-3060 nwalker@ehumanrights.org

OUR WORK

Our Work Defending and Advancing the Human Right to a Healthy Environment AEHR works to achieve environmental justice by advocating for the human right to a healthy environment, as well as the human rights to life, health, racial equality, and security of one’s home. Protecting the Human Right to Return with Dignity & Justice After

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ABOUT

About The founders and co-directors of AEHR are Monique Harden and Nathalie Walker, attorneys whose combined twenty-five years of legal services, community organizing support, and broad spectrum of public advocacy activities have helped numerous communities achieve important environmental justice victories.  AEHR is guided by a Board of Directors and Advisory Committee comprised of skilled advocates

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