Examining the Nexus between Environmental Rights and Environmental Justice from Human Rights Perspective
Environmental rights have been specified as human rights in some human rights regimes, such as in the Inter-American Human Rights System and African Human Rights System over the last quarter. The concept of Environmental Justice (EJ) which arose in the US in the late 1970s and which focuses on the fair distribution of environmental burdens and benefits has been gaining importance depending on the recognition of environmental rights as human rights. It is therefore important that the recognition and adoption of environmental rights are concrete steps towards the maintenance of EJ which actually cares about human dignity from an environmental perspective.
Environmental Justice; Environmental Rights; Human Rights