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Belgium’s climate crisis violate human rights

Belgium’s court has ruled that failure to save climate is a violation of human rights.

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Belgium’s court has ruled that failure to save climate is a violation of human rights.

The ruling came in after the public authorities failed to tackle climate issues. The Brussels court of the first instance declared the Belgian state had committed an offense under Belgian’s civil law and breached the European convention on human rights. The legal victory follows similar rulings in the NetherlandsGermany, and France, where judges have condemned governments for inadequate responses to the climate crisis or failing to keep their promises.

The court ruled that the Belgian federal government and three regions had not acted as “prudent and diligent” authorities. Klimaatzaak said the verdict meant these tiers of government should be jointly responsible for meeting climate targets.

She said the government had launched a monitoring system to check how federal policies were meeting climate objectives. 

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