Right to clean environment as human rights

Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), to initiate a dialogue on the issue of right to clean environment as human rights to help build a common understanding on the right to clean environment as a human rights as well as the limits of these rights.

Delivering the NHRC Silver jubilee lecture, he said that there is an immediate need to develop consensus on a corpus of knowledge that would be agreed to as actions which result in the lack of a clean environment hampering human rights.

The TERI, DG said that there is a lack of understanding of how an objection will be dealt with, which claims for example, by the landfills site area, the air quality endangers the life and dignity of the people imparted by it though, it is probably a clear case of the violation of the human rights of the thousands of people, who live around the landfills.

Dr. Mathur said that the concept of human rights and violations thereof is ever expanding and evolving, which may differ from country to country and time to time. The international bodies, including those under the aegis of United Nations and our domestic laws and interpretation of constitutional guarantees through judicial pronouncements have underlined the right to clean environment as a human rights.


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