Jair Bolsonaro was charged with crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The complaint was filed by environmental activists from the Austrian organization AllRise. The reason, they emphasized, is the participation of the President of Brazil in the destruction of the Amazon.
The case brought is the first link between deforestation and the loss of human life.
The document accuses the Brazilian leader of running a massive campaign to kill environmentalists and expose the world’s population to emissions from deforestation. According to activists, Bolsonaro “systematically removed, neutralized or weakened the laws, agencies and units involved in protecting the Amazon.”
The President of Brazil has been accused of destroying 4,000 square kilometers of rainforest each year. According to activists’ calculations, deforestation, in which the Bolsonaro administration is involved, will lead to 180,000 jobs. death on a global scale.
‘In recent years, science has managed to find a causal link between greenhouse gas emissions and their consequences,’ Rupert Stuart Smith of the University of Oxford told AFP.
Three complaints against Bolsonaro
The International Criminal Court (ICC) currently has at least three complaints against Jair Bolsonaro brought by groups of Brazilian indigenous peoples. By contrast, the complaint brought on Tuesday is the first to link deforestation directly to human health.
– What is happening in Brazil exhausts the concept of crimes against humanity defined by the Rome Statute (the treaty establishing the ICC) – the deliberate destruction of the environment and its defenders – said the founder of AllRise Johannes Wesemann in an interview with the AFP agency.
The ICC is under no obligation to bring proceedings on the basis of cases brought before a court by individuals or groups. This right is reserved to states parties to the Rome Statute, the UN Security Council and the ICC Prosecutor, who may initiate an investigation into a case brought by AllRise.
Greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of tropical Amazon forests and the activities of farms established in their place are higher than the annual emissions of Italy or Spain. Due to deforestation in the region, more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere than the rest of the Amazon can absorb, French media reported
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