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Newsletter no. 28

Today I issue my 28th and final newsletter as the Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment. This newsletter introduces David R. Boyd, my successor as the Special Rapporteur as of 1 August 2018.  David is a professor at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, and one of the leading experts in the […] Continue reading »

Newsletter no. 27

Today I issued my 27th newsletter. It describes the reports I presented to the Council at its March session, including (a) a report describing the effects of environmental harm on the rights of children and outlining the obligations of States to protect children from such harm (A/HRC/37/58); (b) a report presenting 16 Framework Principles on Human […] Continue reading »

Knox Statement to Human Rights Council

On Monday, March 5, John Knox, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, presented his final set of reports to the UN Human Rights Council.  Here is his statement to the Council. The video of the presentation and the dialogue with the Council members and observers is available here.

One of the reports presented Framework Principles on human rights and the environment; another described the effects of environmental harm on children’s rights; and two others were on his trips to Uruguay and Mongolia.  Professor Knox also proposed that the United Nations recognize the human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

Newsletter no. 26

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.

Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment

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.

Report on children’s rights and the environment

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.

Statement on Evictions of Sengwer in western Kenya

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.

Treaty on environmental democracy in Latin America/Caribbean

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 […] Continue reading »

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Draft Guidelines on Human Rights and the Environment

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.