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Gonsalves supports seeking climate justice before int’l courts


(iWitness News) Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is supporting the suggestion by his Antiguan counterpart, Gaston Browne that countries most affected by climate change, such as those in the Caribbean, seek redress before international courts.

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, in September, Browne called on world leaders “to act on behalf of the smallest and most powerless among us, and in the interest of global justice”.

He said that an opportunity looms for action, in the form of the resolution being sought by Vanuatu in the coming months to request the International Court of Justice to give an advisory opinion that would clarify the legal obligations of states to protect human rights and environments from climate change.

“Not to support the Vanuatu Resolution would be a vote to circumvent a decision on the legal obligations of each nation,” Browne said.

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