Resources for Human Rights & Toxicology

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Photo by Jannis Brandt on Unsplash

  • "Is Environmental Health a Basic Human Right?" - Article published in the December 2004 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, a peer-reviewed environmental health journal housed in the U.S. National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences.
  • University of Minnesota Human Rights Library- Information portal to over 60,000 human rights documents and materials, available in nine languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Russian, Arabic, French, Spanish, English).
  • Science and Environmental Health Network: Guardianship of Future Generations - "People who live today have the sacred right and obligation to protect the commonwealth of the Earth and the common health of people and all our relations for many generations to come."
  • The People's Movement for Human Rights Learning: Human Rights and Health - A nonprofit, international service organization that works directly and indirectly with its network of affiliates — primarily women's and social justice organizations — to develop and advance pedagogies for human rights education relevant to people's daily lives in the context of their struggles for social and economic justice and democracy.
  • Advocates for Human Environmental Rights- A nonprofit, public interest law firm whose mission is to provide legal services, community organizing support, public education, and campaigns focused on defending and advancing the human right to a healthy environment, and advocating for the human rights of internally displaced Gulf Coast hurricane survivors. (Based in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., USA.)
  • Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL): Human Rights and Environment program - Established in 1998 to identify and develop connections between international environmental law and human rights law, to integrate the theoretical and advocacy approaches of the two movements, and to promote a more just, equitable and sustainable approach to development and natural resource management.
  • EarthRights International - "A nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of earth rights. We specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. Through these strategies, ERI seeks to end earth rights abuses, to provide real solutions for real people, and to promote and protect human rights and the environment in the communities where we work."
  • Center for Human Rights and Environment - The mission of The Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA) is to foster the creation of inclusive public policy that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable development, through community participation, public interest litigation, strengthening democratic institutions, and the capacity building of key actors. Based in Argentina. (Website in development.)


Kerns, Thomas. Environmentally Induced Illnesses: Ethics, Risk Assessment, and Human Rights. McFarland & Company, 2001.

Kravchenko, Svitlana and Bonine, John. Human Rights and the Environment. Carolina Academic Press, 2008.

Picolotti, Romina and Jorge Daniel Taillant. Linking Human Rights and the Environment. University of Arizona Press, 2003.