NGOs Take Norway To European Court Over Arctic Oil Exploration
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Tue 15th June 2021 | 05:28 PM
Two NGOs and six young climate activists have decided to take Norway to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to demand the cancellation of oil permits in the Arctic, Greenpeace announced on Tuesday
Oslo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Jun, 2021 ) :Two NGOs and six young climate activists have decided to take Norway to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to demand the cancellation of oil permits in the Arctic, Greenpeace announced on Tuesday.
Referring to the Paris Agreement, which seeks to limit global warming to less than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the organisations claim that the oil licenses violated article 112 of Norway's constitution, guaranteeing everyone the right to a healthy environment.
"The six activists, alongside Greenpeace Nordic and Young Friends of the Earth Norway, hope that the European Court of Human Rights will hear their case and find that Norway's oil expansion is in breach of human rights," Greenpeace said in a statement.
While most of the judges on the court agreed that article 112 could be invoked if the state failed to meet its climate and environmental obligations -- they did not think it was applicable in this case.
The court also held that the granting of oil permits was not contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights, in part because they did not represent "a real and immediate risk" to life and physical integrity.
"The young activists and the environmental organisations argue that this judgment was flawed, as it discounted the significance of their environmental constitutional rights and did not take into account an accurate assessment of the consequences of climate change for the coming generations," Greenpeace said.
The Norwegian case is an example of a global trend in which climate activists are increasingly turning to courts to pursue their agenda.