CSOs express concerns with Polish parliament’s move

Update: 10:39AM CIVIL society organisations from around the world have expressed their concerns about the Polish parliament’s move to prevent environmental rights defenders from protesting against detrimental climate change policies.

Political adviser for Diva for Equality and Pacific Partnerships on Gender, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development from Fiji Noelene Nabulivou said they were concerned that the climate negotiations would be a farce if they were conducted in an atmosphere of fear, threat, and intimidation.

“People of the Pacific are already facing loss and damage to ourselves and our environment. So the last thing we want to see at this time is a rollback on State commitments to civic freedom and climate change action,” Ms Nabulivou said.

Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Center (CWEARC), Philippines coordinator Alma Sinumlag said she was deeply concerned that environmental defenders, especially indigenous women, urban poor and rural women human rights defenders from every region of the world who planned to participate in COP24 this year in Poland would face great risks.

The bill will give power to the Polish government to subject human rights defenders to State-led surveillance, including access and storing all personal information.

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