SUPPORTING ENVIRONMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS: Developing New Guidance for Donors and Civil Society Organisations

by ALLIED Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Policy reports, Reportes

Over the last two years, the Alliance for Land, Indigenous, and Environmental Defenders (ALLIED) worked closely with defenders and local organisations in five countries: Brazil, Colombia, Kenya, Mexico, and the Philippines to examine the effectiveness of support mechanisms. In addition to workshops in each country, ALLIED and local partners interviewed individual defenders and created case studies of their experiences to …

Understanding and responding to the protection needs of climate activists and movements

by the URG team Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Policy reports, Reportes

As climate change impacts our everyday lives, livelihoods, and ecosystems, significantly harming the world’s most vulnerable populations, thousands of individuals and groups have raised their voices to call upon world leaders, the private sector, and the public to take bold action to protect the planet and its people. They have formed a heterogeneous and diverse global movement that has been …

Human Rights Day: From recognition to action on the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment

by Dr Justin Pettit, Human Rights Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat and Dr Shavana Haythornthwaite, Head, Human Rights Unit, Commonwealth Secretariat Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog, By invitation

This blog was first published on the Commonwealth website The critical state of the environment, the acceleration of climate change, the serious impacts of pollution and the increasing loss of biodiversity are undeniable. They jeopardise food security, weaken public health, exacerbate conflict and displacement, deepen inequalities, undermine development, threaten achievement of the SDGs, and impede economic growth – all whilst …

#ElMomentoEsAhora: ¿Fue HRC46 el momento en el que el impulso detrás del reconocimiento por la ONU del derecho a un medio ambiente saludable se volvió imparable?

by Mariana Montoya and Camila Márquez Blog, Blog

El creciente interés y movimiento hacia el reconocimiento universal del derecho a un medio ambiente sin riesgos, limpio, saludable y sostenible (R2E, por sus siglas en inglés) alcanzó un nuevo crescendo durante el 46 periodo de sesiones (HRC46) del Consejo de Derechos Humanos (Consejo) de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU). Pareciera que el impulso que durante décadas ha acumulado …

#El Momento Es Ahora – El caso para el reconocimiento universal del derecho a un ambiente sin riesgos, limpio, saludable y sostenible

by Geneva Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Policy reports, Reportes

#El Momento Es Ahora – El caso para el reconocimiento universal del derecho a un ambiente sin riesgos, limpio, saludable y sostenible

Este nuevo informe de políticas públicas cuenta la historia de los debates internacionales sobre derechos humanos y medio ambiente, derechos humanos y cambio climático, y el impulso por el derecho a un medio ambiente seguro, limpio, saludable y sostenible (R2E), describiendo los amplios contornos normativos de tal derecho, y explicando los beneficios, para la humanidad, el medio ambiente y el …

The Escazú Agreement: A landmark regional treaty for environmental defenders

by Zaineb Ali, Universal Rights Group Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog

The international community eagerly awaits the Escazú Agreement to come into force in early 2021 after having secured 12 ratifications (one more than the minimum required – 11). The Escazú Agreement , which emerged from the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), is the first legally binding instrument in the world to include provisions on environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs) …

The right to a healthy environment gives rise to a growing wave of climate change litigation

by Louis Mason, Universal Rights Group and Renata Politi, Universal Rights Group Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog

In an amicus curiae brief submitted in the Norwegian Artic Oil case currently pending before the Norwegian Supreme Court, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment , David R. Boyd, and UN Special Rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes , Marcos A Orellana, argued that “the justiciability of the right to a healthy environment empowers citizens and civil society, strengthening democratic decision-making and fostering accountability for political decisions. Access to justice is itself a fundamental human right, including in the …

Report on the 45th session of the Human Rights Council

by the URG team Blog, Blog, Instituciones, procesos y mecanismos de derechos humanos internacionales, Reportes del Consejo de Derechos Humanos

Quick summary The 45th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC45) was held from Monday 14th September to Wednesday 7th October 2020. On 14th September, H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet, presented her oral update on the global human rights situation. In the wake of the violent response by the Belarusian authorities to peaceful demonstrations that occurred in the aftermath of President …

Es tiempo de actuar: el reconocimiento del derecho a un medio ambiente saludable

by Marcos A. Orellana, Director of the Environment and Human Rights Program at Human Rights Watch Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, By invitation

Desde hace mucho tiempo se debería haber reconocido globalmente el derecho a un medio ambiente saludable. Ahora están surgiendo oportunidades para hacerlo, lo que brindaría un apoyo crucial a los activistas medioambientales amenazados. En marzo de 2016,  intrusos armados tiraron abajo la puerta  de la casa donde se estaba quedando la activista medioambiental hondureña Berta Cáceres, de 44 años, y la mataron. Para entonces, Cáceres, cofundadora …