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Tribunal would punish errant companies


A world tribunal that would punish corporate ‘climate crimes’ has been demanded by a group of governments, non-governmental organizations and prominent individuals.
The idea of a Climate and Environmental Justice court was presented to the United Nations following a climate conference held in Bolivia last month, where it was a key proposal.

The notion of an international court has been commended by Miguel D’Escoto, the former president of the UN General Assembly. ‘I think this court is completely feasible,’ he said. ‘Not only that, it is urgent and indispensable.’

The World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth conference, held as an alternative to the UN Copenhagen conference last November, says a tribunal should have the legal capacity to prevent, prosecute, and punish states, companies and individuals who are causing environmental contamination and climate change.

The court would be similar to existing international courts that deal with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Bolivian president Evo Morales will lead the push for the tribunal and other initiatives coming out of the conference.

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