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Courts emerge new frontier in battle against climate change

The Hague

People, including children and indigenous communities, are increasingly turning to the courts to compel governments and businesses to respect and accelerate commitments on climate change. A case against Royal Dutch Shell in the Hague, Netherlands, December 2020. Photo credit: Peter Dejong/REUTERS According to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), published on January 26, 2021, the number of ...

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Lagos water courts tagged ‘illegal’, ‘unacceptable’

BABATUNDE-ADEJARE

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has described Lagos State Government’s establishment of special courts to prosecute illegal water service providers as a cover for promoting water privatisation. The ERA/FoEN position is coming on the heels of media reports which indicated that Dr. Babatunde Adejare, the state Commissioner for Environment, announced the introduction of the courts at ...

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Cameroon activist pursued by courts amid interferance in legal process

NasakoBesingi

An internationally-renowned environmental human rights defender, Nasako Besingi, is being pursued in the courts in Cameroon for defending his own community’s land rights. However, the company he is peacefully protesting against is seeking favourable treatment from the state for its own lawsuits, according to new evidence obtained by Greenpeace Africa and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP). Besingi had his pending ...

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