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Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria

Benin City, Nigeria
Joined November 2017

Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria is the foremost Nigerian advocacy non-governmental organization founded on January 11, 1993 to deal with environmental human rights issues and

Presence in: Nigeria
Focus: Access to Information, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Women's Rights

Information about Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN)
Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria is the foremost Nigerian advocacy non-governmental organization founded on January 11, 1993 to deal with environmental human rights issues and for the protection of the environment and the democratization of development in Nigeria. ERA is the Nigerian chapter of Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), the world environmental justice federation of over 75 autonomous members from 75 countries of the world campaigning to protect the environment and to create sustainable societies.
ERA had hosted and coordinated the Oilwatch International, the Africa Tobacco Control Regional Initiative (ATCRI), the Nigerian Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) and is still the host of Green Alliance Nigeria (GAN).
The organization’s committed struggles for environmental human rights has won it recognition through awards such as Sophie Prize (1998) for excellence and courage in the struggle for environmental Justice and the Bloomberg Award for Tobacco control activism (2009) among others.
ERA belongs to a number of National coalitions and networks working in the areas of transparency and accountability, electoral reforms and peoples oriented budgeting among others. ERA’s Democracy Outreach Programme is dedicated to working with policy makers to effect policy change for the good of society. In this regard ERA collaborates with the Nigeria’s National Assembly and other relevant institutions in the making of policies and bills especially those that are essential for arresting the spate of environmental degradation, protection of the environment, and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods.
ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS
Article 24 of the African charter of Human and Peoples’ Right states that:
“All people shall have a right to (a) generally satisfactory environment favorable to their development.” ERA’s philosophy is anchored on this.

People Associated With This Organization

President Aigbokhan

Nigeria  
Environmental Rights Action/Friends of... (Unverified)
Joined June 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Environmental Justice
We assist low income active citizens in Nigeria with legal support. We enforced the right of prisoners to vote in Nigeria in 2014

Williams Chima

Nigeria  
Environmental Rights Action/Friends of...
Joined December 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building
I am an environmental human rights lawyer/activist committed to the protection of citizens rights to a healthy and conducive environment believing that environmental rights is the superstructure upon which all other rights are built. I have used campaigns, advocacy, mobilization, policy and legislative interventions and litigation at both national and trans-national spheres to contribute towards the protection of citizens rights especially against the destructive practices of the extractive industries. By joining this network, I hope to put my expertise available for other rights defenders and advocates to tap from as well as gaining knowledge, experience and information from others who have used their own level expertise to create or work for change. I hope to leverage on available pool of resources to collectively make a better world for all to peacefully and happily co-exist with nature and her offspring.

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Williams Chima is the network champion (main point of contact) for Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria.

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