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Very clear statement from the court on human rights in Europe that the climate crisis is a human rights crisis too!

The case was brought by a group of older women and their association in Switzerland who alleged that the State was not doing enough to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
As a consequence, it was exposing them to life-threatening heatwaves in violation of the right to life and the right to private and family life enshrined in Articles 2 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention). The applicants also alleged a violation of the right to a fair trial (Article 6) and the right to an effective remedy (Article 13), because the Swiss courts had dismissed their claims on procedural grounds.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Switzerland had failed to act in time and in an appropriate and consistent manner to devise, develop and implement relevant legislation and measures to mitigate the effects of climate change. Therefore, Switzerland had failed to comply with its positive obligations under the Convention and exceeded its margin of appreciation.
This acknowledges that States have the responsibility to combat climate change to protect human rights.
At the same time, the Court underlined that States should be accorded a wide margin of appreciation regarding the choice of means adopted in order to meet internationally anchored targets and commitments in the light of priorities and resources.

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  • winnie nguru

    4 w

    Its good to see the courts recognize and name it as it truly is.. This will ensure resources and attention is directed towards protecting it just as any other human right

    • George Kariuki

      5 w

      This is HUGE news for climate justice. This paves the way for stronger climate action to safeguard our planet and all who live on it.

      • Rashid Kamau

        5 w

        Addressing climate change is not only an environmental issue, but also an imperative to protect fundamental human rights.

        • We Don't Have Time

          5 w

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          • Princess

            6 w

            This is a groundbreaking affirmation that climate change is linked to human rights.

            • Saustine Lusanzu

              5 w

              @princess_nel_268 Exactly, There have been human rights violations linked with the environment by some big organizations and governments too! This is a good strategy

            • dickson mutai

              6 w

              It's great to see the Court uphold the rights of vulnerable communities whose lives are disproportionately impacted by climate-related disasters

              • Saustine Lusanzu

                5 w

                @dickson_mutai Yes, It's also time to keep pushing for the eco side law to be in charge

              • walter lungayi

                6 w

                This is a powerful recognition of the connection between environmental protection and fundamental human rights. This landmark decision shows the urgency of addressing climate change as a critical human rights issue, signaling a pivotal moment in the fight for environmental justice.

                • Saustine Lusanzu

                  5 w

                  @walter_lungayi let's keep pushing, this should be done from grassroots level

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