After global Road protests demanding action on climate change, Greta Thunberg and 15 other young activists on Monday filed a complaint at the UN against five countries for not doing enough to ward off global warming.
The complaint accused Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina and Turkey of failing to uphold their obligations under the Conference on the Rights of the Child, signed 30 years ago.
The complaint, filed by the 16-year-old Swedish activist and 15 other petitioners from 12 different countries and aged between eight and 17, accused the five countries of violating children’s rights by failing to take adequate and well action against climate change.
It used to be filed after Thunberg delivered a searing attack on world leaders for their slow response to climate change at a special session kicking off the UN General Meeting in New York.
Each member of the United Nations with the exception of the US has ratified the conference to offer protection to the health and rights of children.
Monday’s complaint specializes in a little-known “optional protocol” that came into effect in 2014 that allows children to dossier a complaint to the Committee on the Rights of the Child whether they feel their rights are being denied.
The committee is then meant to enquire the charges before making recommendations to the countries concerned on how they may be able to fix the issue.
The 16 young people were backed by the valid firm Hausfeld LLP and Earthjustice, an environmental law group.
Lawyer Michael Hausfeld said that while the committee’s recommendations don’t seem to be legally binding, the 44 countries that ratified the protocol pledged to respect them. He said he hoped the recommendations would be made in the coming 12 months.
The five countries named in the complaint are a number of the 44 that ratified the protocol and are also a number of the top global polluters, in addition to being members of the G20 group of leading global economies.
The largest polluters on this planet — the US, China and India — did not ratify the protocol.
Countries like France and Germany may have recently begun working to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, but have also played a large role historically in polluting the atmosphere, the law firm argued.
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Sep 24, 2019 05:17 IST