Climate Change

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Climate change is caused by human activities and has extensive negative impacts on the fulfillment of human rights. It poses substantial challenges for the realization of the human rights to food and water. The  predominantly  negative  impacts  of  climate  change  on  global  crop  yields  and  the  availability  of  potable  water  are  already  visible.  The situation will only further deteriorate if immediate actions are not taken to reverse the effects.

The increase in temperature will reduce the production of many food products and changing rainfall patterns will also substantially affect the availability of drinking water, thereby significantly decreasing the  productivity  of  rain-fed  agriculture  in  some  regions  of  the  world.

Many  people  who  live  in  those  regions  lack  the  physical,  social,  economic  and  technological  resources  necessary  to  adapt  to  the  changes  that  will be  brought  about  by  climate  change.  Especially  vulnerable  are  individuals  and  segments  of  the  population  who  are  already  marginalized  on  the basis  of  their  gender,  age,  poor  health  or  minority  status. Taking gender specific differences into account, it is women and girls who are particularly exposed to the adverse impacts of climate change.

FIAN's Work

FIAN calls on industrialized states to assume leadership in emissions reduction, as well as to assist developing countries, so that they can reduce their own emissions, increase their adaptive capacity and thus protect the rights of their citizens. 

In  addition  to  minimizing  the  impacts  of  climate  change,  States  must  protect  people  living  in  their  territories  from  these  impacts  and  ensure  the  realization  of  minimum  essential  levels  of  international Human Rghts law. The task of the international community is to make the UN climate regime consistent with the existing human rights obligations of States and to ensure that all measures undertaken in this context must respect human rights standards and, in particular, recognize the traditional rights of indigenous people and local communities.

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Content | 28-11-2012
Honduras Land GrabbingAgrofuelsPeasants' Rights

Honduras - Bajo Aguan

Several peasant communities living in the Bajo Aguán valley on the Atlantic coast of Honduras are witnessing an alarming situation of violence, repression and killings, especially after the...    Read more

Content | 11-09-2012
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Climate Change

FIAN calls on industrialized states to assume leadership in emissions reduction, as well as to assist developing countries, so that they can reduce their own emissions, increase their adaptive capacit...    Read more

Statement | 31-08-2012
Honduras Peasants' RightsClimate ChangeAgrofuels

Joint statement of human rights organizations condemning violence and repression in Bajo Aguan, Honduras

The undersigned international organisations and civil society networks, would like to express our severe concern with respect to the recent acts of repression, violence and criminalization of peasant organisations of the Bajo Aguán.    Read more

Statement | 12-07-2012
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International Orgs Warn:The State of Honduras Must Guarantee Judicial Independence, Impartiality

We, the international organizations signing below, would like to express our severe indignation regarding the three most recent murders of peasants in the context of the agrarian conflict in Bajo Aguán.    Read more

Statement | 05-07-2012
Honduras Peasants' RightsLand GrabbingAgrofuels

International organizations welcome the restitution of land to the peasant movement in Bajo Aguán

Several international organizations have welcomed the ruling in favor of the Authentic Peasant Reclamation Movement of Aguán (MARCA), restoring the land they have been claiming for 18 years.    Read more