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Swiss and French citizens are taking their governments to the Europe Court of Human Rights for climate inaction

The governments of Switzerland and France have been accused of violating human rights by not taking adequate action on climate change, at a landmark legal hearing in Strasbourg. The case is the first of its kind to be heard by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
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A group of Swiss women, KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz, argued that they were particularly vulnerable to the climate crisis and want the court to order Switzerland to set tougher emission reduction targets. The case of the KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz is particularly noteworthy because it is the first climate case in Switzerland to be heard at the European Court of Human Rights. The group of women, who are over the age of 64, argue that Switzerland's inadequate climate policies violate their human rights, including their right to life and respect for private and family life.
The Swiss government has acknowledged that rising temperatures are harming people's health but denies that the KlimaSeniorinnen should be treated as victims under the law. The government argues that the link between its actions and the women's suffering is "too tenuous and remote" and that some of the claimants are unlikely to be alive by the time the global temperature rise potentially breaches the 1.5C threshold.
The case brought by Damien Carême against the French government is also groundbreaking. He is the former mayor of the northern municipality of Grande-Synthe and now a Green MEP, arguing that the French government has not done enough to cut national emissions. He claims that his home is at serious risk of flooding and could be completely submerged by 2030, which he says is a threat to his life and health. Just like the Swiss one, the French government argues that Carême should not be considered a victim under the law.
The decisions of the 17-judge panel are still pending. If the panel rules in favor of the Swiss women or Carême, it could order their governments to take stronger action to cut emissions. The judgments of the European Court of Human Rights are legally binding, so such a ruling could have significant implications for climate policy in Switzerland and France.




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  • Timothy Ndegwa

    63 w

    Great to see women in the fore-front of calling for climate action. Accoldes well deserved KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz.

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    • walter lungayi

      63 w

      wonderful action

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      • George Kariuki

        63 w

        It is encouraging to see citizens taking their governments to court to demand more action on climate change, and if successful, this case could be the first of many to put pressure on governments to do more to protect our environment.

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        • Videlis Eddie

          63 w

          This amazing news ...let's protect our planet....

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          • Daniel Waweru

            63 w

            Yes yes... Go, The government is to be held accountable

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            • Kevin

              63 w

              Climate inaction simply means those governments are in support of planet destruction. See you in court

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              • rosebellendiritu

                63 w

                @Kevin Yes those governments /leaders should be in the front in fighting for climate,but unfortunately they tend to relax

              • Edwin wangombe

                63 w

                Way to... I believe that this is just the beginning

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                • Peter Karanga

                  63 w

                  This is a great step towards holding governments accountable for their inaction on climate change. We need more people to make similar demands, both in Europe and around the world, to keep our governments on track with their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a more sustainable environment.

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                  • Munene Mugambi

                    63 w

                    Citizens have the power to hold governments accountable

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                  • Annett Michuki..

                    63 w

                    our planet should be protected at all. means

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                    • Peter Kamau

                      63 w

                      More climate loves to these brave folks for not letting their government fail them.

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                      • rosebellendiritu

                        63 w

                        @peter_kamau I agree they are really brave and brilliant too

                      • Patrick Kiash

                        63 w

                        This was among the fantastic news I read this morning, I wish European court of human rights, will offer them justice, they are looking for.

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                        • Tabitha Kimani

                          63 w

                          Wonderful. It will be interesting to see the outcome since it will set a precedence for the whole world.

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                          • Sarah Chabane

                            63 w

                            @tabitha_kimani yes, it would be a groundbreaking decision!

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