On September 2015, Greenpeace Southeast Asia + 13 PH-based NGOs, other individuals submitted to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) a “P E T I T I O N, Requesting for Investigation of the Responsibility of the Carbon Majors for Human Rights Violations or Threats of Violations Resulting from the Impacts of Climate Change.”
I read about it only in July 2016 and I wrote on July 30, 2016:
There’s a new development, unprecedented so far — having the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) — to accuse and harass multinational firms engaged in oil, cement, coal and mining.
From The Guardian last July 27, 2016:
“In a potential landmark legal case, the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR), a constitutional body with the power to investigate human rights violations, has sent 47 “carbon majors” including Shell, BP, Chevron, BHP Billiton and Anglo American, a 60-page document accusing them of breaching people’s fundamental rights to “life, food, water, sanitation, adequate housing, and to self determination”.
I support the CHR and its Chairman Chito Gascon, a friend, in their fight against extra judicial killings (EJKs), hundreds of these cases so far nationwide since mid-May 2016 alone. Their time and resources can easily be depleted if they go person to person cases, dead or imprisoned.
But I can not support the CHR in this new climate harassment.
The first round of climate extortion is by governments of developing countries, demanding $100 B a year from governments of rich countries, under the various UN FCCC annual negotiations. So this is the 2nd round of extortion, NGOs and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) that prodded the CHR ultimately to result in demand for big money from big multinationals as “climate justice.” So whether we have bad El Nino (drought, less rain/no rain) those multinationals should be harassed and they should give money. Or if we have a bad La Nina (lots of rains, lots of flooding) those multinationals should still give money.
A similar situation would be Mr. X having less money and more money and people say that it is proof that he’s poor, so government should send him more money and other subsidies.
I remember that last January, Chito posted about the CCC-CHR meeting. So it was the CCC that influenced the CHR to launch this HR investigation. The hypothesis “more CO2 emission = more global warming/anthropogenic climate change” is a global and UN-hyped movement. Then later via other schemes, these firms should pay huge amount of money to the “climate victims” like the thousands who died in Tacloban City in November 2013 during typhoon Haiyan (local name “Yolanda”).
I checked the Greenpeace petition, these are the “carbon majors” that they are suing.
Notice something? All are private firms, no government- or state-owned oil companies like Saudi Aramco, Rosneft (Russia), Petron/PNOC (Philippines), Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC), China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), Kuwait Petroleum Corp. (KPC), National Iranian Oil Co., Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., Oil India, Petroleos de Venezuela, etc.? All of these are non-“carbon majors”, maybe “carbon minors”? 🙂
I will meet CHR Commissioner Totsie Cadiz this week and ask about this weird case. Totsie is a friend, he is a rational lawyer, I hope to learn more about this from him.