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The Rights Pathway for Action on Climate Change?

Jacqueline Peel, Hari Osofsky

Published : 2019

Abstract

On 13 May 2019, a group of indigenous peoples from the Torres Strait Islands off Australia’s northern coast, lodged an official complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. The Islanders’ complaint alleges that by failing to take adequate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or to build proper adaptation measures on the low-lying islands, the Australian Government is violating Torres Strait Islanders’ cultural rights, as well as their rights to life and family.

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