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Climate Crises: UN Rights Chief warns that Climate crises is greatest threat to Human Rights

Team SoOLEGAL 11 Sep 2019 6:02pm

Image courtesy: Mail & Guardian Climate Crises: UN Rights Chief warns that Climate crises is greatest threat to Human Rights


The United Nations has warned the world that the ongoing climate change is not only causing a devastating impact on the global environment we live in but also on respect for human rights on an international level.


Michelle Bachelet, the chief of UN rights, enunciated the civil wars triggered by a searing planet and the dilemma of endemic people in an Amazon rattled by wildfires and unbridled deforestation. Bachelet also castigated attacks on the activists working vigorously for the environment and climate control.


While attending the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Bachelet also told that “The world has never seen a threat to human rights of this scope”.


She further cautioned that “The economies of all nations, the institutional, political, social and cultural fabric of every state, and the rights of all your people and future generations will be impacted by climate change”.


A minute of silence was observed at the beginning of the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in respect of the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas where at least 44 people were reported to be dead and thousands of houses were vandalized.


The storm accelerated with unprecedented speed over an ocean warmed by climate shifts, becoming one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever to hit land,” Bachelet said.


She urged authorities in Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil to “ensure the implementation of longstanding environmental policies … thus preventing future tragedies”.


The UN rights chief also highlighted the impact climate change is having on insecurity around the world. She cited a UN estimate that 40% of civil wars over the past six decades have been linked to environmental degradation.


Bachelet lamented that those sounding the alarm over the devastating impacts of climate change are often attacked. I am disheartened by this violence, and also by the verbal attacks on young activists such as Greta Thunberg and others, who galvanize support for prevention of the harm their generation may bear,” Bachelet said.


The demands made by environmental defenders and activists are compelling, and we should respect, protect and fulfill their rights.”


This the story has been published based on an article posted by The Guardian and may include excerpts from it.


Tagged: United Nations   Human Rights   Climate Control   Michelle Bachelet   UN Rights Chief   UN Human Rights Council  
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