Rights and Environment

On Human Rights Day 2012, we explore the idea of environmental rights and environmental justice. Human Rights Watch Executive Director Ken Roth explains how environmental abuse has led to human rights violations in Darfur, Nigeria, Indonesia and Angola in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of San Diego. The talk explores whether or not we have a right to a clean environment and a right to environmental protection.

“The human rights movement and the environmental movement are and should be political allies.
They are conceptual allies, they are political allies,
and they need each other.”

– Kenneth Roth

For a more general video about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, first adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, see below: