In re Greenpeace Southeast Asia et al., 2015-__ (Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, 2015)

Year opened: 2015
Status: Open
Jurisdiction: Philippines
Principle law(s): Filipino Constitution of 1987
UNHCR’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
Mitigation/adaptation: Mitigation


Greenpeace Southeast Asia and numerous other organizations and individuals filed a petition asking the Commission to investigate a general issue—“the human rights implications of climate change and ocean acidification and the resulting rights violations in the Philippines”—and a more specific one—“whether the investor-owned Carbon Majors have breached their responsibilities to respect the rights of the Filipino people.” The core factual allegation of the petition draws on research identifying particular entities’ quantum of responsibility for anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions since 1751. The original petition names 50 of those entities, all publicly traded corporations, as respondents. It identifies multiple sources of human rights, but draws most heavily on the UN Human Rights Commission’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

During a conference held on December 11, 2017, the Commission accepted the petition and confirmed that they would investigate the potential human rights violations stemming from major fossil fuel companies’ contributions to climate change. The Commission announced it would hold fact-finding missions and public hearings in 2018. In March 2018, the Commission held its first public hearings to investigate the alleged responsibility of major fossil fuel companies or “carbon majors” for climate change and the potential impacts on the human rights of Filipinos.

Core objective(s): Investigation into allegation that largest emitters have violated human rights of Filipinos by causing climate change and ocean acidification
Side A: Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement ()
Side B: Comission on Human Rights of the Philippines (Government)
  • Pending (Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines)
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