Last year, Morgan Trowland, 40, and Marcus Decker, 34, were jailed for three years and two years and seven months respectively. Since then, there’s been a growing concern in the human rights community, as to top it off, the UK has introduced anti-protest legislation.
Ian Fry, UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change, has issued a letter to the UK government gregarding this issue. The letter states that sentences were “significantly more severe than previous sentences imposed for this type of offending in the past” and that he was worried about the “exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly and association.” - Ian Fry via BBC News.
In response, Prime Minister Sunak has decided he can completely ignore the warning and instead re-iterate more climate denying tropes on his Twitter account, “Those who break the law should feel the full force of it. It's entirely right that selfish protestors intent on causing misery to the hard-working majority face tough sentences. It's what the public expects and it's what we've delivered”
This shows that PM Sunak clearly has no appreciation for the moral or formal authority of the UN Commission on Human Rights for Climate Change. This is a sad state of affairs, but not surprising, as Sunak has long been recognized as a climate criminal.
A National Monument has Become a Memorial for Failure in the Climate Catastrophe
With brushes and glasses full of orange paint, supporters of the last generation went to the Brandenburg Gate and began painting the western side of the national monument orange. Just like they announced exactly four weeks ago.
Regina Stephan, who is coloring the monument for the second time today, explains, “If the last generation has its way, the Brandenburg Gate will remain orange until Germany stops burning oil, gas and coal. Or at least until the government shows that it is seriously striving for a socially just transition away from fossils.”
“The orange color at the Brandenburg Gate is a memorial. It is a reminder of the government's failure to protect our livelihoods. It is a memorial to the millions of people who will pay with their lives for our hesitation. And last but not least, it is a memorial to all the people who are already suffering and dying from this completely avoidable crisis,” Regina Stephan says.
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