Dangerous Work: A Study of Reprisals Against Environmental Defenders in Former U.S.S.R and the U.S.

Dangerous Work: A Study of Reprisals Against Environmental Defenders in Former U.S.S.R and the U.S.

Summary of the Problem:
Environmental defenders are under increasing attack throughout the world, including in the United States and in the former Soviet Union. Administrative and criminal legal charges, bureaucratic obstacles, and physical threats are just some of the risks environmental defenders face on a regular basis, and with increasing frequency and intensity.

The Project:
Crude Accountability, in partnership with the EcoForum of NGOs of Kazakhstan and Fractracker (based in Pittsburgh, PA), is publishing a report on reprisals against environmental defenders in the US and in countries of Eurasia. The report will be published in October 2019, and is an updated version of the original report, Dangerous Work, which was produced in September 2017.  Dangerous Work is a compilation of stories of reprisals against environmental defenders, describing the multitude of ways that governments and corporations and their watchdogs retaliate against activists, particularly those working in the extractive sector. It also describes the disturbing trends of increasing threats to environmental defenders in each of the countries highlighted in the report.
A public launch of the report will take place at Duke University on October 15 in partnership with the Duke University Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute. At this event, Crude Accountability and environmental defenders from the former Soviet space will speak about their work protecting the environment and reprisals they have faced. Speakers include Gubad Ibadoghlu, an economist and anti-corruption activist holding oil companies and the government accountable in his home country of Azerbaijan; Vadim Ni, director of EcoForum of NGOs and environmental lawyer from Kazakhstan; Elena Sorokina, Crude Accountability’s communications manager; Sergey Solyanik, environmental defender and consultant to Crude Accountability in Kazakhstan; and Kate Watters, executive director of Crude Accountability and environmental defender.

Sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Duke Center for International and Global Studies.