H u m a n Rights a n d the E n v i r o n m e n t By Gudmundur Alfredsson a n d Alexander Ovsiouk * * The two authors (from Iceland and the Ukraine) are staff members with the United Na- tions Centre for Human Rights in Geneva, but the opinions expressed in this article are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views o f the Organization. I . I n t r o d u c t i o n Environmental issues are being discussed and acted upon in a number o f interna- tional, multilateral, regional, sub-regional and bilateral settings. Sensible rules and regulations aimed at maintaining or improving the environmental situation are multi- plying and mechanisms allowing for prevention, reaction and remedies are coming into being. It is therefore a legitimate question whether the introduction of a human rights angle could possibly contribute something positive to these efforts. Further- more, it could be asked whether the human rights field is not already crowded enough with issues and problems and whether the addition o f environmental con- cerns would not become a diversion unnecessarily drawing on scarce resources. The
Nordic Journal of International Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1991
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