Climate Justice Fund

Climate Change and Human Rights in Latin America

Climate Change and Human Rights in Latin America

Climate Change and Human Rights in Latin America

Many states across Latin America have implemented ‘climate resilience’ projects, either through the global carbon market, or in an attempt to address the impacts of climate change. These projects have devastating impacts on the human rights of individuals and communities. They limit access to and use of land, and interfere with fundamental rights to food, culture, water and the self-determination of indigenous peoples.

The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IAHCR), through the Special Rapporteur on Economic, Social, Cultural, and Environmental Rights (REDESCA), has been working to develop and strengthen Interamerican standards related to the “human right to a healthy environment and the  emerging challenges of climate change.” Development and human rights are among its cross-cutting themes, since the hemisphere has indices of poverty, extreme poverty, and deep social gaps that limit equal access to people’s rights. It is critical that any action to address the climate crisis holds human rights at its core. There are three main objectives of this work:

  • To improve REDESCA’s monitoring capacities to hold states accountable in this area;
  • To strengthen the institutional capacity of the IAHCR with respect to the protection of the environment and nature in its relation to human rights; and
  • Generate standards on climate change and human rights.

These objectives will be realised through monitoring and advocacy work, that will enable REDESCA to act as a vital bridge for communication between civil society and the state through public hearings and consultations. REDECA will also support civil society to access knowledge of the Inter-American system through gatherings and workshops that allow for democratic development of standards and human rights protections.

Many states across Latin America have implemented ‘climate resilience’ projects, either through the global carbon market, or in an attempt to address the impacts of climate change. These projects have devastating impacts on the human rights of individuals and communities. They limit access to and use of land, and interfere with fundamental rights to food, culture, water and the self-determination of indigenous peoples.

The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IAHCR), through the Special Rapporteur on Economic, Social, Cultural, and Environmental Rights (REDESCA), has been working to develop and strengthen Interamerican standards related to the “human right to a healthy environment and the  emerging challenges of climate change.” Development and human rights are among its cross-cutting themes, since the hemisphere has indices of poverty, extreme poverty, and deep social gaps that limit equal access to people’s rights. It is critical that any action to address the climate crisis holds human rights at its core. There are three main objectives of this work:

  • To improve REDESCA’s monitoring capacities to hold states accountable in this area;
  • To strengthen the institutional capacity of the IAHCR with respect to the protection of the environment and nature in its relation to human rights; and
  • Generate standards on climate change and human rights.

These objectives will be realised through monitoring and advocacy work, that will enable REDESCA to act as a vital bridge for communication between civil society and the state through public hearings and consultations. REDECA will also support civil society to access knowledge of the Inter-American system through gatherings and workshops that allow for democratic development of standards and human rights protections.

Many states across Latin America have implemented ‘climate resilience’ projects, either through the global carbon market, or in an attempt to address the impacts of climate change. These projects have devastating impacts on the human rights of individuals and communities. They limit access to and use of land, and interfere with fundamental rights to food, culture, water and the self-determination of indigenous peoples.

The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IAHCR), through the Special Rapporteur on Economic, Social, Cultural, and Environmental Rights (REDESCA), has been working to develop and strengthen Interamerican standards related to the “human right to a healthy environment and the  emerging challenges of climate change.” Development and human rights are among its cross-cutting themes, since the hemisphere has indices of poverty, extreme poverty, and deep social gaps that limit equal access to people’s rights. It is critical that any action to address the climate crisis holds human rights at its core. There are three main objectives of this work:

  • To improve REDESCA’s monitoring capacities to hold states accountable in this area;
  • To strengthen the institutional capacity of the IAHCR with respect to the protection of the environment and nature in its relation to human rights; and
  • Generate standards on climate change and human rights.

These objectives will be realised through monitoring and advocacy work, that will enable REDESCA to act as a vital bridge for communication between civil society and the state through public hearings and consultations. REDECA will also support civil society to access knowledge of the Inter-American system through gatherings and workshops that allow for democratic development of standards and human rights protections.

In 2019 the Climate Justice Fund, in collaboration with the Heinrich Boell Foundation, provided support to REDESCA to establish a workplan on climate for the Inter-American Human Rights system. This work establishes guidelines and standards that oblige states to uphold their human rights obligations in the face of the climate crisis. REDESCA now need your support to complete the final stages of this workplan, which will directly benefit human rights and environmental defenders, indigenous populations and first nations and civil society organisations.

In 2019 the Climate Justice Fund, in collaboration with the Heinrich Boell Foundation, provided support to REDESCA to establish a workplan on climate for the Inter-American Human Rights system. This work establishes guidelines and standards that oblige states to uphold their human rights obligations in the face of the climate crisis. REDESCA now need your support to complete the final stages of this workplan, which will directly benefit human rights and environmental defenders, indigenous populations and first nations and civil society organisations.

In 2019 the Climate Justice Fund, in collaboration with the Heinrich Boell Foundation, provided support to REDESCA to establish a workplan on climate for the Inter-American Human Rights system. This work establishes guidelines and standards that oblige states to uphold their human rights obligations in the face of the climate crisis. REDESCA now need your support to complete the final stages of this workplan, which will directly benefit human rights and environmental defenders, indigenous populations and first nations and civil society organisations.

200 GBP can help support REDESCA to hold consultations with indigenous leaders

200 GBP can help support REDESCA to hold consultations with indigenous leaders

200 GBP can help support REDESCA to hold consultations with indigenous leaders