Latin American countries need to strengthen both their legislations and access to justice mechanisms, particularly those involving civil and consumer rights, in order to stop the use of asbestos and similarly harmful substances.
I had never really paid much attention to tags on products that certify they’re BPA, Lead, or whatever other toxic– free. I didn’t think much about it, but if I did, I probably thought it was just an exaggeration, that nothing that was freely sold to the public could be that harmful. It turns out I was wrong.
Despite the progress the international community has achieved in terms of tackling climate change, a great contradiction exists between what is stated in international accords and what happens in practice. This is particularly evident in the steady financing of fossil fuel infrastructure at the expense of people’s lives.
A few days before the beginning of the climate negotiations in Paris, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights submitted an official document to the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on “Understanding human rights and climate change”. For many, the link between these two remains unclear.
Climate change is already impacting communities across the world. From rising sea levels in Bangladesh to droughts in Brazil, experts have called climate change the greatest human rights challenge of our time.