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A human crisis: climate change and human rights in Latin America

This report describes how climate change effects will damage human rights in Latin America. It seeks to aid the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in its investigation of the links between human rights and climate change. The report also urges governments to fulfil their international human rights obligations and recommends that all regional actors incorporate human rights concerns into their energy and climate change policies. The report argues that under the principles of international law, governments have an obligation to protect the human rights of all those within their jurisdiction and to avoid activities that cause harm in other countries. As such, all governments are obligated to mitigate human rights impacts of climate change. Additionally, developed countries that have contributed disproportionately to climate change must assume greater responsibility and help developing countries adopt climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.