Date
20 January 2017
The lives of hundreds of millions of people, mostly poor, have been affected by climate change. Photo: todaygh.com
The lives of hundreds of millions of people, mostly poor, have been affected by climate change. Photo: todaygh.com

Weakened rights language in Paris climate draft sparks alarm

Rights experts urged ministers at United Nations climate talks to put respect for human rights back into the binding section of a draft new global deal to tackle global warming, Reuters reported.

The provision was removed from the latest version released Thursday evening.

Human rights organizations, aid agencies and people affected by climate change were disappointed to find an earlier binding proposal that said a Paris agreement should be implemented “on the basis of respect for human rights” had been thrown out.

“We would certainly think human rights is not something that should be dropped,” said Benjamin Schachter of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

There still is time to bring this language back.”

There has been concern during the two-week talks in Paris that some states —  including Saudi Arabia, Norway and the United States — have been trying to weaken the presence of human rights in the climate deal.

A report from the UN Environment Program said the environmental impacts of climate change pose a threat to human rights, including the rights to health, food, water and adequate housing.

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