Friday, February 13, 2009

Humans Have Weather Rights!?

Something tells me that the States have an inclination to come to the rescue?

UN Report: Extreme Weather Violates Human Rights
by UN Watch- at February 12, 2009 in High Commissioner of Human Rights and Human Rights Council.
A/HRC/10/61, 15 January 2009

Report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the relationship between climate change and human rights: the right to self-determination.

40. Sea level rise and extreme weather events related to climate change are threatening the habitability and, in the longer term, the territorial existence of a number of low-lying island States. Equally, changes in the climate threaten to deprive indigenous peoples of their traditional territories and sources of livelihood. Either of these impacts would have implications for the right to self-determination.

41. The inundation and disappearance of small island States would have implications for the right to self-determination, as well as for the full range of human rights for which individuals depend on the State for their protection. The disappearance of a State for climate change-related reasons would give rise to a range of legal questions, including concerning the status of people inhabiting such disappearing territories and the protection afforded to them under international law (discussed further below). While there is no clear precedence to follow, it is clear that insofar as climate change poses a threat to the right of peoples to self-determination, States have a duty to take positive action, individually and jointly, to address and avert this threat. Equally, States have an obligation to take action to avert climate change impacts which threaten the cultural and social identity of indigenous peoples.


Red said...

Say what???

The UN is utterly useless and should be abandoned. I can't believe our government pays into the system!

Anonymous said...

The UN is not useless!

It is a useful tool in the hands of the lefists who would control every aspect of our existence.

Raggedy Lamb said...

Sorry, Red and Old Adam,

I'm still trying to figure out out to do this blogging business!

Thanks for reading.