Tag Archives: Environmental Destruction

Adverse Effects of the Illicit Movement and Dumping of Hazardous, Toxic, and Dangerous Wastes and Products on the Enjoyment of Human Rights (C. U. Gwam)

Author(s)

Cyril Uchenna Gwam

Keywords

toxic waste, developing countries, development, human rights, UN Commission on Human Rights, environmental destruction, environmental protection

Excerpt

“Introduction

This Article discusses the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of hazardous, toxic, and dangerous wastes and products in developing countries, and the effect of such activities on the enjoyment of human rights, solely from the perspective of the resolutions of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights (CHR). The most prominent international instrument of this kind is the U.N. 1989 Basel Convention, to which other relevant human rights resolutions have made reference. In view of its prominence and importance, this Article analyzes the Basel Convention without losing its focus on human rights. […]” (428-9)

Citation

(2002) Florida Journal of International Law 14 Spring. pp. 427-74.

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Adverse Effects of the Illicit Movement and Dumping of Hazardous, Toxic, and Dangerous Wastes and Products on the Enjoyment of Human Rights

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Our Rights and Obligations to Future Generations for the Environment (E. B. Weiss)

Author(s)

Edith Brown Weiss

Keywords

environmental destruction, desecration, natural resources, future generations, duties, obligations, inter-generational justice

Introduction

We read every day about the desecration of our environment and the mismanagement of our natural resources. We have always had the capacity to wreck the environment on a small or even regional scale. Centuries of irrigation without adequate drainage in ancient times converted large areas of the fertile Tigris-Euphrates valley into barren desert. What is new is that we now have the power to change our global environment irreversibly, with profoundly damaging effects on the robustness and integrity of the planet and the heritage that we pass to future generation.

Citation

(1990) 84 American Journal of International Law 198

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Our Rights and Obligations to Future Generations for the Environment

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Humanitarian Law, Protection of the Environment, and Human Rights (N.A.F. Popovic)

Author(s)

Neil A. F. Popovic

Keywords

Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Environmental Destruction, Armed Conflict

Excerpt

Notwithstanding the relevance of international human rights to wartime environmental destruction, the international community tends to deal with war-related environmental harm through the modalities of humanitarian law. Although humanitarian law extensively regulates the conduct of war, that framework has neither proven effective in dealing with the environmental impact of war, nor does it provide remedies for affected people.

This comment proposes that increased accessibility of pertinent procedures, including human rights procedures, could provide useful mechanisms for addressing the environmental impact of armed conflict. Part II of the comment discusses the nature and extent of environmental problems associated with armed conflict. Part III discusses relevant legal principles and their limitations in relieving the environmental toll of war. Part IV presents several proposals for enhancing environmental protection in armed conflict. Part V concludes that it is necessary to expand the traditional scope of procedural and substantive mechanisms in order to ensure effective dealing with the environmental impact of war and the availability of remedies for the affected people.

Citation

(1995-6) 8 Georgetown International Environmental Law Review 67-133

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