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Article

29 Jan 2018

Author:
Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Young Colombians file landmark climate lawsuit

A group of young Colombians, one as young as seven, filed a lawsuit against the Colombian government on Monday demanding it protect their right to a healthy environment in what campaigners said was the first such action in Latin America.

The lawsuit, filed at a Bogota court, alleges the government's failure to stem rising deforestation in Colombia puts their future in jeopardy and violates their constitutional rights to a healthy environment, life, food and water.

...It is the first climate change litigation in Latin America, according to the Bogota-based rights group, Dejusticia, which is supporting the plaintiffs' case.

...The Colombia lawsuit calls on the government to halt deforestation in Colombia's Amazon and keep to its promises.