On February 1, the Special Rapporteur issued his 26th newsletter, which describes the two thematic reports that he will present to the Human Rights Council on March 2, 2018: (a) one report presenting Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment; and (b) another report on children’s rights and the environment. The first report also encourages the Human Rights Council to consider supporting recognition of a right to a healthy environment in a global instrument, such as a General Assembly resolution.
On January 24, the Special Rapporteur issued a Report on Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment. The 16 Framework Principles set out basic obligations of States under human rights law as they relate to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Each framework principle has a commentary that elaborates on it and further clarifies its meaning. The Special Rapporteur will present the report to the Human Rights Council on March 2.
The Special Rapporteur has issued a report on children’s rights and the environment, which describes the ways that environmental harm can interfere with the human rights of children and the corresponding obligations of States to protect children from such harm. The report will be presented to the Human Rights Council on March 2.
On 15 January, John Knox joined Michel Forst, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, to issue a statement expressing their concerns about reports that indigenous Sengwer peoples in western Kenya had been attacked and forcibly evicted from their homes as a result of the implementation of the Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation project, an EU-funded water management project. The experts called on the Kenyan authorities to urgently halt the evictions of the Sengwer community and undertake impartial investigations of these attacks, and on the EU to suspend funding for the project until measures have been taken to uphold international standards on indigenous peoples’ rights.
The Special Rapporteur joined nine other UN human rights experts to issue a statement urging governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to adopt a strong and binding treaty on environmental rights, including rights to information, participation and access to justice. Their appeal came representatives from the region met in Santiago, Chile, for their eighth […]
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The Special Rapporteur has prepared draft Guidelines on Human Rights and the Environment, which summarize the human rights obligations of States relating to the environment. Copies of the Guidelines in English, French, and Spanish are available here. Public input is welcome! Provide comments by email to [email protected] by 11 November 2017. The Special Rapporteur will present the Guidelines to the Human Rights Council in March 2018.
The Special Rapporteur’s October 2017 newsletter is now available. It requests comments on draft Guidelines on Human Rights and the Environment, which the basic human rights obligations of States on environmental matters, as they have been clarified by human rights bodies. It also describes recent and upcoming activities of the Special Rapporteur, including an expert meeting and public consultation on the Guidelines in Geneva on October 17-18, a conference on human rights and the environment in Mexico City, on 6 November, and a workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, on 8-9 November, on environmental human rights defenders.
The twenty-fourth newsletter, released on August 16, is now available. The newsletter describes several recent events, including: an expert meeting and public consultation on children’s rights and the environment, in Geneva on 22-23 June; the negotiation by 22 Latin American and Caribbean countries of a new agreement on environmental access rights, which the Special Rapporteur attended on 31 July-1 August, in Buenos Aires; and a conference at the University of Oxford on 20 June on forest defenders, organized by N1M (“not 1 more”).
On July 31-August 1, the Special Rapporteur spoke in Buenos Aires, at the negotiation by Latin American and Caribbean countries towards a new agreement on environmental access rights, including rights to information, participation and remedy. He praised the dedication and openness of the participants and encouraged them to complete a strong agreement as soon as they can. He emphasized that this is one of the most important international negotiations in the last two decades, in human rights as well as the environment.