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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:10 PM
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Commission Rejects Inuit Petition Pressing US On Climate Change As Human Rights Issue
The effort to link climate change with human rights has suffered a setback. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights wont consider a petition that alleges that the United States government is violating the human rights of Inuit by refusing to limit its greenhouse gas emissions.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, who submitted the petition last December with the support of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference in Canada and Alaska, received the news in a letter from the commission last month. It was disappointing for sure. Their letter was evasive and dismissive, and thats the part that disappoints me and angers me more than anything else, Watt-Cloutier said.

The letter states the commission will not be able to process your petition at present... the information provided does not enable us to determine whether the alleged facts would tend to characterize a violation of rights protected by the American Declaration.

But Watt-Cloutier hasnt given up. Shes asked the commission for further information on why it isnt proceeding. Shes also invited commission members to visit the Arctic for a hearing to provide testimony and documentation on these problems which are seriously affecting Inuit survival. Watt-Cloutier has told her 62 co-petitioners that the issue remains much too important for us not to continue fighting for the world to take serious action against climate change.

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http://www.nunatsiaq.com/news/nunavut/61215_02.html
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katsy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:31 PM
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1. Human rights issue?
They don't need no stinking human rights. All rights belong to corporations who rape and pillage our environment.

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