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Toxic Pollution Demands ‘Immediate, Ambitious Action’

New UN Report Shows Devastating Rights Toll of Environmental ‘Sacrifice Zones’

A new report by United Nations experts is raising renewed alarms about toxic pollution’s devastating impact on human rights.

  • Juliane Kippenberg
  • HRW

A particular focus of the report, presented at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this week, is on so-called “sacrifice zones.”

These are areas where disadvantaged communities suffer extreme exposure to toxic chemicals, and where their rights are intentionally compromised – ostensibly for economic growth.

There are shocking examples of environmental injustice in such sacrifice zones across the globe, from…

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