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Petition of the Torres Strait Islanders to the UN Human Rights Committee

Geographic relevance: Australia

Language: Inglés

Data type: Legal citations

About this resource:

A group of indigenous people from the low-lying islands off the coast of Australia are bringing a complaint against the Australian government. Their islands are under threat by rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Part of their argument is that the Australian government’s failure to take adaptation measures, such as building flood defences and sea walls, violates their rights to minority protection, life and private/family life under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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