UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk on Monday unveiled his vision to renew the commitment to human rights

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights wants to explore ecocide law

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk released his vision document Human Rights: A Path for Solutions on February 26th. 

The document stresses the need to urgently address widespread impunity; good governance is dependent on holding those responsible for human rights violations accountable. The accountability gap is especially apparent in relation to environmental harms: “this calls for innovative approaches. The potential of criminal law to deter harmful conduct and provide remediation deserves exploration, including efforts to establish the international crime of ecocide.” Investing in institutions that support the rule of law is in every State’s interest, and governments must ensure effective routes for holding corporate actors to account for human rights harms. 

In his address, Türk called on States, people and all actors to embrace and trust the full power of human rights as the path to the world we want: more peaceful, equal and sustainable. “We must seed that better future now.”

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