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European Union decisions on the right to a healthy environment

Recent European Union decisions related to the right to a healthy environment: 1. European Parliament resolution of 22 October 2020 on deforestation dedicated on section on human rights (see below). Deforestation and human rights Highlights that changing the regulatory framework in order to legalise the use of certain areas and modifying tenure rights does not take away the negative...

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‘Fisheries Observers are Human Rights Defenders on the World’s Oceans’

'Fisheries observers are human rights defenders on the world’s oceans. These individuals work independently onboard commercial fishing vessels around the world to collect scientific data on the state of the marine environment, and in some instances report on compliance with fisheries conservation and management measures. The data they provide is crucial to assess fish populations,...

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Elisabeth-Selbert-Initiative (ESI) – a protection programme for Human Rights Defenders at risk

The Elisabeth-Selbert-Initiative (ESI) is a new initiative, founded by the German Federal Foreign Office, in the protection of Human Rights Defenders. The program offers temporary relocation grants and on-site assistance or those who, because of their peaceful commitment to human rights, are being threatened by physical and psychological violence, arrest, occupational bans and even...

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‘How Youth Climate Activists Are Empowering Campaigners From Countries Suffering Most From Global Warming’

'Gladys Habu knows first-hand the devastation climate change is already visiting on the world. The 25-year-old has vivid memories of Kale Island, a tiny islet in the Solomon Islands archipelago where she used to swim and barbecue on the white sand beaches. It’s also where her grandparents used to live, decades back. But Kale Island no longer exists. It was declared lost in...

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‘Understanding and responding to the environmental human rights defenders crisis: The case for conservation action’

Conservation Letters Abstract: Close to two thousand environmental human rights defenders have been killed in 57 countries since 2002, with about four losing their lives every week in 2019. Many of these defenders represent Indigenous Peoples and local communities protecting ecosystems from large‐scale environmentally destructive projects. As the positive contributions of Indigenous...

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Geneva Roadmap

Geneva Road Map for Environmental Human Rights Defenders   The Geneva Roadmap in nutshell a collective effort to bridge action for Environmental Human Rights Defenders. 4 collective action goals Linking human rights and environmental communities Effective implementation of Human Rights Council Resolution and boosting Policy Events IUCN Virtual dialogue: Geneva Peace week dialogue on...

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JOIN! A Call to Action – Rise Against Repression (Nov 10 – Dec 10) || Appel a l’Action || Chamada para Acção

On Thursday 22 October 2020, Mam Fikile Ntshangase was assassinated in her home in front of her young grandson. Her crime? She was a leader who had resolved to stand with her community and say NO to the expansion of the Tendele coal mine in Somkhele, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In her words: “I cannot sell out my people. And if need be, I will die for my people.” She is one of the...

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UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at 10 – “Business and human rights: towards a decade of global implementation”

June 2021 marks the tenth anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). A major step forward in efforts to prevent and address business-related human rights abuse, they provide a global authoritative framework for State duties and business responsibilities to achieve the UNGPs' vision...

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Researchathon for the 2021 Global Report on Environmental Rule of Law

Open opportunity to contribute to the preparation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 2021 Global Report on Environmental Rule of Law (2021 Global Report).  The concept note for the 2021 Global Report is attached. To support the 2021 Global Report, UNEP is hosting a “Researchathon”; a public call for inputs to solicit good practices related to the promotion and...

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‘This is my message to the western world – your civilisation is killing life on Earth: Nemonte Nenquimo’

'We Indigenous people are fighting to save the Amazon, but the whole planet is in trouble because you do not respect it. Dear presidents of the nine Amazonian countries and to all world leaders that share responsibility for the plundering of our rainforest, My name is Nemonte Nenquimo. I am a Waorani woman, a mother, and a leader of my people. The Amazon rainforest is my home. I am...

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