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Swiss Senior Women for Climate Protection v Swiss Federal Government

Geographic relevance: Switzerland

Language: Inglés

Data type: Legal citations

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A group of senior Swiss women used human rights and constitutional law to challenge their government’s inadequate climate policies. Climate change is affecting their human rights through severe heat waves which have profound impacts on their life, health and wellbeing.

Although the claim did not succeed before the Swiss Courts, they argued that their government’s failure to reduce Switzerland’s GHG emissions violates:

1. Their rights to life and to private/family life under the Swiss Constitution; and

2. Their rights to life and private/family life under the European Convention of Human Rights, which can be enforced directly in Switzerland.

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