UNHCR Welcomes Human Rights Committee’s Ruling on Climate Refugee

Posted on January 26, 2020 6:17 am

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The U.N. refugee agency welcomes a ruling by the U.N. Human Rights Committee this past week that people fleeing climate-related and natural disasters have a valid claim for international protection.

The case in question concerns Ioane Teitiota, a man from the Pacific island of Kiribati, whose claim for protection as a climate refugee was denied by New Zealand.  The U.N. Human Rights Committee, which reviewed this case, agrees with that decision on the grounds that he was not at imminent risk.  

Nevertheless, the committee says people should not be returned to their place of