'Carbon majors' accused of violating human rights

Children transporting drinking water on a makeshift carriage in a village hit by flash floods in Lanao del Norte province in the Philippines. The country is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Farming and fishing communities are disap
Children transporting drinking water on a makeshift carriage in a village hit by flash floods in Lanao del Norte province in the Philippines. The country is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Farming and fishing communities are disappearing because of repeated extreme weather events that wipe out entire crops and fishing grounds, the petitioners warned during the hearings.PHOTO: REUTERS

Oil, mining and cement firms are helping to drive climate change, landmark inquiry told

Petitioners in a landmark human rights inquiry in the Philippines this week spoke of widespread and long-term harm caused by wild weather linked to climate change.

The case is being watched closely. The petitioners accuse global oil, mining and cement companies of human rights violations by playing a role in driving climate change.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2018, with the headline ''Carbon majors' accused of violating human rights'. Print Edition | Subscribe