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Swiss ruling could set precedent for EU and UK climate accountability

The group Swiss Senior Women for Climate Protection react to the ECHR’s ruling. Some experts say signatory states to the European Convention on Human Rights now have a clear legal duty to ensure their climate action is sufficient to protect human rights (Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP via Getty Images
The group Swiss Senior Women for Climate Protection react to the ECHR’s ruling. Some experts say signatory states to the European Convention on Human Rights now have a clear legal duty to ensure their climate action is sufficient to protect human rights (Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP via Getty Images

Companies, as well as governments, should take note of the ECHR decision that Switzerland has violated the European Convention on Human Rights by failing to take sufficient measures to combat climate change

A group of older women, known as KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz (Swiss Senior Women for Climate Protection), has successfully challenged the Swiss state on its policy making on climate change.

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