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Law Council of Australia


Thematic Report on Biodiversity and Human Rights

The Law Council endorses an approach to human rights, consistent with international law and practice, which confirms that all human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent and interrelated. The Law Council also recognises and endorses increasing international attention to human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. 

In considering the Special Rapporteur’s questionnaire the Law Council has decided to focus on the following two questions with reference to Australia: 

• Please specify, where relevant, specific examples of challenges and obstacles to the integration and protection of human rights in biodiversity-related matters; and 

• Please give examples of how the rights of those who may be particularly vulnerable to the loss of biodiversity, including but not limited to indigenous peoples, are (or are not) provided with heightened protection. 


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