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15 Feb 2017

Greenpeace Southeast Asia

Typhoon survivors & civil society call on 47 "carbon majors" to collaborate with Philippines Human Rights Commission's inquiry into their responsibility for climate & human rights impacts

"Petitioners’ consolidated reply to the respondent Carbon Majors in the National Public Inquiry being conducted by Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines", 14 Feb 2017

Today, Filipinos demanding climate justice filed their response to corporate efforts to shut down the first-ever national inquiry into the responsibility of the fossil fuel industry and others for the human rights impacts resulting from climate change. The Petitioners requested the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, the authority leading the investigation, to deny the companies’ demands for a dismissal...With this reply, the petitioners are challenging CEOs of the largest carbon producers to be a part of the solution by fully participating in the national inquiry...“Petitioners request the representatives of the companies to attend the public hearings and present their plans for phasing out fossil fuels in order to prevent future human rights harms resulting from the impacts of climate change,” said Yeb Saño, Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia and petitioner...Twenty-one companies have so far responded to the Petition, either to the Commission, the petitioners or, informally, to the NGO Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), including: ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical Holdings, Inc. Philippine Branch, Shell Company of the Philippines, Ltd., and Royal Dutch Shell plc. Only one company, Rio Tinto, properly acknowledged the ‘fact-finding’ nature of the investigation...

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