Skip to Content

UN Headquarters, New York. Wikipedia

UN Human Rights Committee rules against deportation of ‘climate refugees’

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has ruled that global warming can serve as a reason for asylum seekers to stay. Governments should not deport people who are exposed to "life-threatening risks" due to climate change in their home countries, the committee said.

Published: January 23, 2020, 10:54 am

    Geneva

    Courts should take into account when deciding on a person’s asylum status that “the effects of climate change or other natural disasters can provide a basis for protection,” the verdict said.

    The judgment is based on the case of Ioane Teitiota from Kiribati, who applied for asylum in 2013 in New Zealand. He stated that his life and that of his family was threatened by the rise in sea level in his home country, a small island nation in the Pacific.

    In addition, the cultivation of plants is becoming increasingly difficult and there is a lack of fresh water. The court did not recognize the reasons for deporting Teitiota.

    The Human Rights Committee however confirmed that Teitiota had not been exposed to life-threatening circumstances when he applied for asylum. Nevertheless, courts were advised to examine all living conditions individually in the future.

    This also includes climate change. The conclusion of the Human Rights Committee is not legally binding, but is a recommendation for all member states.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • Nexusfast123

      Another daft recommendation that can be ignored,

    Europe

    The emergence of Europe’s ‘big four’

    BrusselsIt's Europe's "big four" - new axis between four major countries of the European Union,  trying to take the place of the Franco-German axis, which has been in crisis due to the continuous divergences between Paris and Berlin.

    Salvini faces up to 15 years in prison for stopping illegal immigration

    RomeDuring his year at the head of the Italian Ministry of the Interior, Matteo Salvini never stopped fighting illegal immigration. The boss of the League in Italy is accused of kidnapping because he blocked a boat of illegal migrants off the coast of Sicily when he was Minister of the Interior.

    AfD files criminal charges against Merkel for coercion

    BerlinIn the case of the Thuringian Prime Minister Thomas Kemmerich (FDP), who was forced to resign, the AfD has announced that it will report Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) for coercion.

    Dutch parties demand that FvD be excluded from coalition

    The HagueDutch party leaders have urged the VVD in the province of Brabant to rule out a coalition with the Forum voor Democratie after the province’s government collapsed. The VVD, the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, is a liberal political party in the Netherlands.

    Migrants mass at Hungary’s border to test Orban’s resolve

    A group of hundreds of migrants that recently set off for Hungary from Serbia has reached Hungary’s southern border at Tompa, Hungarian public television’s current affairs channel M1 reported on Thursday.

    Merkel suspends German parliamentary democracy from Pretoria

    BerlinGerman FDP politician Thomas Kemmerich resigned shortly after his election on February 5 as Thuringian state prime minister, because he was unable to withstand the pressure for just one day - a pressure which many AfD members have been exposed to for years.

    European Parliament declares war on national flags

    StrasbourgFor several weeks, the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, has asked for the withdrawal of the small flags from the hemicycle. His request has deeply irritated the Identity and Democracy group.

    Half of Amsterdam women are intimidated on the street says mayor

    AmsterdamThe Amsterdam city leadership is greatly concerned about the safety of girls and women in Amsterdam. But the mayor does not want the real perpetrators to be blamed.

    Italy: Sardine star has ties with Soros network

    RomeShe was a volunteer in Obama's campaigns. Now Elly Schlein is on the list of politicians welcomed by the Open Society Foundation.

    Left party accuses AfD of harboring ‘conspiracy narratives’ on family policy

    DresdenIn Germany, the Left Party in the Saxon state parliament has accused the AfD of deliberately using conspiracy narratives.

    Go to archive