Indeed, natural catastrophes, conflicts linked to the race for natural resources, but also the depletion of vital resources have consequences, whether direct or indirect on the right to health, right to water, right to food, right to housing and on the right to life. All too often, it is those most vulnerable who are the most affected : people living in precarity or extreme poverty, women, youth, elders, indigenous peoples, minorities. The paradox is alarming : those who contribute the least to global warming are those who suffer and will continue to suffer the most from it.
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FIDH also denounces the fate reserved to the thousands of land rights defenders who, on every continent, fight against the vandalizing of their lands, against forced evictions, against water and soil pollution. This fight is often let against companies ready to violate the law as well as corrupted States. The risks they face are high : threats, arrests, aggressions, judicial harassment, assassination. And 95% of violations committed against them go unpunished. This number is extremely worrisome!
COP 21 must also be the place to recognize the work carried out by these men and women and to think about the best way to ensure their safety. Because to protect them is to protect the planet.