14 September 2023 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights


Shocking extent of threats to ocean health revealed in new report; calls for urgent protection using historic UN Ocean Treaty
Greenpeace, 14 Sep 2023

A major new analysis of the threats facing the oceans has been released today in a Greenpeace report: 30×30: From Global Ocean Treaty to Protection at Sea [1]. The report also sets out a political roadmap to protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030 – the United Nations’ 30×30 target – using the new Ocean Treaty, which opens for signatures at the UN General Assembly 20 September.

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UK: Children and Families Seeking Asylum Face Dire Conditions
Human Rights Watch, 14 Sep 2023

Children and their families seeking asylum in the United Kingdom face inadequate living conditions in government-provided temporary housing, affecting their health, well-being, and education.


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Mexico: Land, territory and environmental defenders are being criminalized for exercising their right to protest
Amnesty International, 13 Sep 2023

The disproportionate use of criminal law is one of the main threats facing the right to protest peacefully in defense of land, territory and environment in Mexico, Amnesty International said today upon publishing a new report. Mexico: Land and Freedom? Criminalizing defenders of land, territory and environment documents the disproportionate use of the justice system to deter, punish and prevent defenders from protesting in demand of their rights.


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Environmental Justice Groups Host Response To False Solutions pushed at the UN Climate Ambition Summit
Indigenous Climate Action, 13 Sep 2023

National climate justice leaders from organizations representing impacted, frontline communities will be holding a press conference on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 during NYC Climate Week to demand real climate solutions, a Just Transition, climate reparations, and a phase-out of fossil fuels.


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UN rights panel warns Nicaragua is being ‘stripped’ of critical voices
Al Jazeera, 12 Sep 2023

A United Nations panel warned that the human rights situation in Nicaragua has worsened in the six months since it concluded that crimes against humanity had been committed in the Central American country.


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UN Rights Chief: Climate Change 'Dystopian Future Already Here'
VOA News, 11 Sep 2023

Climate change is sparking human rights emergencies in numerous countries, the U.N. rights chief said Monday, stressing the need to fight the impunity of those who "plunder our environment."


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