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Torres Strait Islander group submits response in historic climate case

Posted On: 16 Apr 2021   |   Posted By: Client Earth

Claimants call for global solidarity while submitting response to the UN, following the Australian Government's attempt to get the case dismissed.
In a historic climate case, Torres Strait Islander claimants have submitted an official reply to the Australian Government's attempt to get the case dismissed.
In their formal response, the claimants have expressed disappointment that Australia's position fails to recognise the basic human rights obligations it has to its people.
They say it also fails to recognise the environmental impacts climate change has already brought to their Islands - impacts they witness and have deep knowledge of as Traditional Owners.
Background to the case
In May last year, eight individuals from across the Torres Strait lodged a complaint with the UN's Human Rights Committee in Geneva, highlighting the threat of climate change to their culture and their ability to live on their home islands.
In August this year, it was revealed that the Australian Government requested the UN to...

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