What do senior Swiss women, Portuguese young people and a French mayor have in common? They all complain to the European Court of Human Rights.
After hearing the first climate lawsuit before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the plaintiffs are confident. “The court recognized that it is urgent and important to find an answer to the question of whether states are violating the human rights of us older women if they do not take the necessary climate protection measures,” said the co-president of the climate seniors, Rosmarie Wydler -Wälti, on Wednesday in Strasbourg.
The group of older women from Switzerland, initiated by Greenpeace, wants to reach the ECtHR that the country must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions more. It is the first time that the court is hearing such a case. A verdict could have major implications for the rest of the Council of Europe states, including Germany. The climate seniors state that their rights to life and private and family life are being violated due to the lack of climate protection measures. A verdict is not expected until autumn at the earliest, but more likely in the coming year.
The European Court of Human Rights, based in Strasbourg, France, is part of the Council of Europe. The bodies, which are independent of the EU, work to protect human rights in the 46 member states.
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