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International Court Creates New Category of Environmental Crimes On Par With Genocide

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An international tribunal decided that crimes committed against environmentalists and activists must be placed at the same order of magnitude as mass genocides.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an intergovernmental tribunal that sits in The Hague, Netherlands, and has jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, and war crimes.

The ICC unilaterally decided to expand its area of activity to crimes committed against environmentalists and conservationists. The decision to take up the new policy comes after a recent United Nations report suggested there is an “epidemic” of violent crimes being committed against activists.

Human rights groups repeatedly ask the ICC for judicial protection, pointing to instances where national judicial systems failed to protect the rights of environmental activists, especially in South American countries.

“The ICC is adapting to modern dynamics of conflict,” Alice Harrison, from the environmental campaign group Global Witness, told reporters. “This shift means it can start holding corporate executives to account for large-scale land grabbing and massive displacement happening during peace time.”

Environmentalists are pushing international organizations to do other things as well.

Green activists, for instance, called for the U.N. to eject all skeptics from the climate summit talks in Paris. Activists fumed over a new documentary called “Climate Hustle” debunking claims made by climate justice warriors.

While it’s not true that “Climate Hustle” is funded by the oil industry, it does show the lengths that activists are willing to go in an effort to lay siege to global warming skeptics.

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