The Austrian environmental NGO AllRise presented a Complaint before the International Criminal Court against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro For its responsibility to accelerate the deforestation of the Amazon, classified as a “crime against humanity”.
baptized in the name of ‘Planet v. Bolsonaro’, lawsuit before the Hague Court seeks to create jurisprudence When considering that the actions of the Brazilian president and his administration presume not only an attack on the Amazon but against all of humanity, NGO officials informed.
“They are the lungs of our planet, so destroying them affects all of us. AllRise founder Johannes Weissmann explained in the complaint that we have provided evidence showing how Bolsonaro’s actions have a direct connection to the negative consequences of climate change around the world.
The NGO complaint was attended by international law experts such as lawyers Maud Sarleaf and Nigel Beauvois, as well as one of the authors of the latest report. Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Introduced in August, climatologist Friedrich Otto.
“Crimes against nature are crimes against humanity”
From the environmental organization they argued that emissions could be linked to Bolsonaro government’s decisions on deforestation They will cause an additional 180,000 deaths this century, due to global warming.
In addition, they emphasized that their government sought to “Systematically eradicate, discredit and empty the laws, organizations and individuals that protect the Amazon.”
What do they consider responsible? About 4,000 square kilometers of the Amazon rainforest are lost annually And monthly increases in the rate of deforestation of up to 88 percent, since he took office in 2019.
According to the report filed with the complaint, deforestation in this part of Brazil is releasing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the Amazon can absorb.
They noted that “crimes against nature are crimes against humanity”. Jair Bolsonaro promotes the massive destruction of the Amazon with full knowledge of the consequences They added in the complaint.
Bolsonaro has already been denounced for ‘environmental genocide’
Since 2016, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has considered that “environmental destruction, illegal exploitation of natural resources and land grabbing” can constitutes a crime against humanity.
Since Bolsonaro took office, he has been Indigenous Brazilians have filed three complaints against the president before the International Criminal Court for “environmental extermination” or “genocide”. The president was also denounced in this case for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic crisis.
This new complaint, according to its promoters, is the first of its kind Deforestation relates to the global health impact.
The International Criminal Court, which was established in 2002, is not obligated to examine the thousands of complaints submitted to the Prosecutor by individuals or groups. The prosecution can independently decide which cases to refer to the court judges Then the judges decide whether to allow a formal investigation.
AllRise founder Johannes Weisman also stressed that the object of the complaint “was not to speak on behalf of Brazilians but The severity of deforestation is shown on a global scale.”