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Article

14 Dec 2016

Author:
Ping Manongdo, Eco-Business

Overview of company responses to Philippines climate change & human rights petition

“Landmark human rights case against world’s biggest fossil fuel firms pushes on”, 13 December 2016

The Philippines Commission on Human Rights…is moving forward with…the world’s first-ever case against major fossil fuel companies for alleged human rights abuses…[It] is to take to task oil giants such as Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, Total, BHP Billiton, Suncor, and ConocoPhillips for their alleged role in causing death and financial loss on a massive scale as a result of climate-induced disasters in the archipelago. A month after concluding the first phase of their investigation, which looked at scientific evidence linking climate change and fossil fuel operations…they are now ready to push forward with public hearings, beginning in April 2017…[T]hey have secured responses from 20 out of the 47 fossil fuel companies involved in the case…The petition was filed by typhoon victims, backed by 14 civil society and non-government organisations including Greenpeace Southeast Asia…They demand that the…companies explain how the human rights violations resulting from climate change will be “eliminated, remedied, and prevented.”…[Also refers to Lukoil & Repsol]