In the Philippines, a Landmark Finding Moves Fossil Fuel Companies’ Climate Liability into the Realm of Human Rights

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  • After a devastating typhoon hit the Philippines in 2013, climate activists believed humans were responsible for this disaster and wanted to hold them accountable.
  • They worked with Greenpeace Southeast Asia to declare the world’s largest fossil fuel companies “accountable for either impairing, infringing, abusing or violating human rights”.
  • Recently, the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights determined that corporations have obligations under human rights law and can be held liable if they neglect them.

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