Statement from UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst

A video statement delivered by Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Convention, at Lawyers Are Responsible’s Climate of Injustice conference in London on 12 April 2024.

Mr Forst states:  

“In January 2024, I was in London for a couple of days to meet with environmental defenders and Government representatives. I had been travelling to many different countries before that. And I had received many concerning reports of the crackdown on environmental defenders in these countries. But I must say, I had not seen a situation as concerning as the one in the UK.” 

“Since [my last visit], the situation does not seem to have improved.” 

Statement from UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst – Climate of Injustice from Lawyers Are Responsible on Vimeo.

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