Latin America: IACHR holds hearing about the persecution of environmental defenders in the region
Author: Center for Human Rights and Environment, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, Earth Rights International, Center for Justice and International Law, Published on: 20 September 2019
...Never before in human history has the Earth’s climate system been so threatened. And never before have environmental defenders been under so much attack. As scientists warn about the climate emergency and the existential threat of irreversible climate change, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will hold a hearing on Friday, September 27, in Washington, D.C. about the persecution of environmental defenders in the Americas, the region with the highest rate of attacks. Some of the Earth’s most influential, and yet most vulnerable,environmental defenders will testify about States’ improper manipulation of criminal investigations and prosecutions as a means of undermining and thwarting environmental activism—allowing States and corporations to exploit natural resources unsustainably, degrade the Earth, and perpetuate climate change with impunity.
Environmental defenders, victims of criminalization, and grassroots environmental leaders will gather at the hemisphere’s premier inter-governmental human rights body to share their life stories and to offer their evidence of States attacking and criminalizing their work...