Subject: [BCGKleve] Inquiry hearing and LSE event in London
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2018 10:58:43 +0100
Dear all, we spoke in Kleve about the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines and its investigation into the responsibility of Shell, BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ENI, ExxonMobil, Glencore, OMV, Repsol, Sasol, Suncor, Total, RWE and 33 other companies for human rights violations resulting from climate change. Next week the Commission is holding three days of inquiry hearings – November, 6-8, 2018 from 9am to 5pm – at the London School of Economics. The inquiry hearings will take place in the Moot Court Room, located at LSE’s New Academic Building (54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ).
It is open to the public. If you’re in London, it’s a great way to see climate justice in action.
You can follow the hearings live here.
To find out how to attend in person, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, if possible by Friday 2 November, indicating if you would like to attend on November 6, 7, or 8, and a preference for the morning or the afternoon session.
The evening of November 8th, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, the Grantham Research Institute and the LSE Department of Law will jointly host a public event, Human Rights and Climate Change, on 8 November, the last day of the hearings.
Below is further background on the national inquiry.
In 2015, communities across the Philippines filed a petition with the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines seeking an investigation into the responsibility of fossil fuel companies for climate-related human rights impacts. In March 2018, the Commission commenced its first national inquiry wherein petitioners presented various community witnesses and climate science, legal, academe, and policy and research experts. Three of the six public hearings scheduled were done in the Philippines and one in New York City during the climate week last September
Now the investigation is coming to London, one of the financial hub of the fossil fuel industry. It is taking place during the 5th year anniversary of super typhoon Haiyan, which packed 300km/h winds and a 7.5m storm surge that locals say claimed many more lives than the official toll of 6,329, and displaced millions of people who are still rebuilding their lives.
The Commission has said that it is holding the inquiry hearing in London to give these multinational oil, gas, coal, and cement companies an opportunity to present their perspective. To date, these companies have only tried to stop the inquiry from happening.
Taking the investigation to London is no small task. It’s an act of bravery by the Commission, an independent constitutional office committed to the protection and promotion of human rights of all Filipinos wherever they may be situated.
The petitioners’ witnesses and experts presenting on November 6-7, 2018 (order to be confirmed)
Marielle Trixie J. Bacason, Filipino research nurse who is currently working in London after experiencing super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan
Myles Allen, a drafting author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] 08 October 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5oC; Head, Climate Dynamics group at the University of Oxford’s Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Planetary Physics; and Principal Investigator of the distributed computing project Climateprediction.net
Mark Campanale, Founder and Executive Director, The Carbon Tracker Initiative
Andrew Grant, Senior Analyst, The Carbon Tracker Initiative
Henry Shue, Professor Emeritus of Politics and International Relations at Merton College of Oxford University and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Studies
Dr. Paul Ekins, Co-Director of UK Energy Centre; Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London (TBC)
Dylan Tanner, Executive Director of InfluenceMap.Org
Roda K.A. Verheyen, LLM, Environmental, human rights, and corporate lawyer who led the case against German energy company RWE, one of the respondents in the Petition
Veronica V. Cabe, Volunteer community organizer for Nuclear Free Bataan Movement and Filipino typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana survivor
Kristin N. Casper
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