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Women’s Human Rights and the Right to a Clean, Safe, Healthy, and Sustainable Environment

Reference Manual for Judges 2019 . Oct. 27, 2020

The manual is the product of a consultancy conducted by Ms Elisse Tillet-Dagousset in 2018, which included a consultation with South Asian judges in the framework of a Judicial Dialogue for South Asia, organized by RWI and ICJ in Kathmandu 29 September-1 October 2018.

The Judicial Dialogues, and the development of this manual, were organized jointly by RWI and ICJ in the framework of RWI’s Regional Asia Programme on Human Rights and Sustainable Development (2017-2021), which is funded by Swedish Development Cooperation.

The manual is designed for judges as the primary beneficiaries. However, it may also be useful as a capacity building tool and reference material for all legal professionals and advocates for the protection of human rights relating to environmental degradation.

Prosperous and green in the Anthropocene: The human right to a healthy environment in Southeast Asia

Report citation by : C. Dany, C Ituarte-Lima, D.Paramita, D.Paul, MM.Aung, MT.Aung, N.Saenphit, S.San, T.Chavisschinda, V.Bernard. ISBN: 978-91-86910-32-7 . Jan. 5, 2021

?For the first time in human history, people are collectively modifying the Earth’s environment and ecosystems on a global scale. Some scholars suggest the world is entering a new geological era, the Anthropocene, in which Earth systems are moving into a risky and unstable state as a result of people’s impacts on the environment.

The social-ecological crises we are experiencing do not affect all people in the same way. People in already vulnerable situations are experiencing the most severe impacts, although they may bear least responsibility for these changes. Humanity must shift towards new ways of living through just and sustainable pathways. Successfully tackling these challenges at the global, regional, and national levels will require the collaboration of law and policy makers, scholars, and practitioners who bring with them diverse life experiences, expertise, and place-based knowledge.

Like other regions of the world, Southeast Asia is faced with unprecedented social-ecological challenges. Events, such as the rapid emergence and spread of the COVID-19 virus, have wide-ranging implications for both human rights and the environment. As countries seek to solve such problems within and beyond their borders, effective human rights and environmental legal and policy frameworks are needed to support and coordinate efforts in line with international cooperation norms.

Recognizing the human right to a healthy environment helps protect people and nature, and ensures the conditions for continued sustainable development and prosperity. Southeast Asian countries have already taken important steps towards mainstreaming human rights and sustainability through their legislative systems and institutions, setting a framework for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to strengthen current approaches as a regional body through its existing human rights instruments and regional environmental agreements.

The Right to Safe Water in Southeast Asia

Dr Mohamad Mova Al’Afghani, Dr Sam Geall . March 4, 2021

The human right to safe water is fundamental to leading a life with dignity. It is indivisible from, and the foundation for, achieving many other internationally recognised human rights. Yet approximately 844 million people live without access to safe water worldwide. Around 110 million of those people live in Southeast Asia (hereafter ASEAN).

Read our report on the history of the human right to safe water, and its contemporary relevance to Southeast Asian nations – in collaboration with Chinadialogue. Written by Dr Sam Geall and Dr Mohamad Mova Al’Afghani.

RWI Organizational Profile

A glimpse of our work areas and involvement . March 18, 2021

Established as a charitable trust in Sweden in 1984, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) of  Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is an independent academic institution, with a mission to promote universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law through research, academic education and institutional development programmes.

RWI maintains a primary vision to be a centre of excellence that contributes to society’s development through a human rights focus.

RWI’s work aims to contribute to institutional and legal development that results in the enhancement of equal enjoyment of human rights for all, which is achieved through the organisation’s efforts to deliver concrete results that contribute towards real, long-term and sustainable human rights change.

Introduction to RAPP

Regional Asia and Pacific Programme . March 18, 2021

RWI’s Regional Asia and Pacific Programme (RAPP) specifically supports the stronger alignment of environmental and human rights outcomes – and recognises the inherent interaction between the two. The programme’s activities focus on environmental planning, policy and regulation development, increasing protection from environmental human rights violations, and addressing the increasing risks from impacts of natural disaster caused by the changing climate and environment across the Asia and Pacific region.

Human Rights and the Environment

Localizing Environment-related Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals . March 18, 2021

Under its Regional Asia Pacific Programme (RAPP), the Institute’s thematic focus includes localizing environment-related human rights and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations 2030 Agenda. By increasing the availability of research products, teaching resources and materials for RWI’s partner organisations and networks, many local governments are now considering human rights and the environment when making decisions about their communities and economies. 

Displacement Due to Natural Disaster and Climate Change

Natural Disaster and Climate Change Activities . March 18, 2021

The Asia and Pacific regions face significant challenges related to natural disaster, that when coupled with ongoing climate change events is resulting in significant instances of population displacement – or people on the move. Through its Regional Asia and Pacific Programme (RAPP) RWI is increasing focus towards this priority area, aiming to improve human rights outcomes for people displaced due to disaster and a changing climate. 

Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals

Localising Human Rights in the Context of Sustainable Development Goals . March 18, 2021

RWI’s Regional Asia Pacific Programme (RAPP) connects networks and stakeholders at the regional level across the Asia Pacific, who are influential in achieving the aim of United Nations Agenda 2030 or Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The inclusion and incorporation of local governments’ obligations and contextualised experiences are essential in the achievement of human rights and sustainable development. RWI’s activities encourage and facilitate local governments to more easily conceptualise and put into action human rights theory and national SDG commitments. 

[BROCHURE] Human Rights and the Environment

RWI Positive Contributions . March 18, 2021

RWI’s approach contributes to partnerships between diverse local stakeholders in support of much needed change and increased accountability. RWI’s outcomes include increasingly aligning local, national and regional plans, regulations and policies related to the regional environment with international human rights standards. 

[BROCHURE] Natural Disaster Displacement

Displacement Due to Natural Disaster and Climate Change . March 18, 2021

Through its Regional Asia and Pacific Programme (RAPP) RWI is increasing focus towards this priority area, aiming to improve human rights outcomes for people displaced due to disaster and a changing climate.a?