Swiss Parliament Rejects ECHR Ruling That Country’s “Weak” Climate Policies Breached Human Rights


ER Editor: It was a ridiculous case to begin with that could have spelled trouble for national government policy. Those with no backbone, that is. See —

Switzerland “Violated Human Rights” By Not Tackling Climate-Change Quickly Enough, ECHR Rules In Landmark Case

Here’s the follow-up. The Swiss Parliament simply said ‘no’. As the Guardian piece notes, 

The vote comes days after the far-right scored sizable gains in European Union elections.

From the site GreenQueen, readers may be interested in this outraged piece —

‘Betrayal’: Swiss Parliament Rejects European Court’s Landmark Climate Change Ruling

What Switzerland’s politicians have voted through is extraordinary – no member state of the Council of Europe (which the ECHR belongs to), has ever refused to implement a judgement.

While the decision had been adopted by the upper house of the parliament, the lower house voted to disregard it. With 111 votes in favour and 72 against, the lawmakers accused the ECHR of “inadmissible and disproportionate judicial activism”.


Swiss Parliament Rejects ECHR Ruling That Country’s “Weak” Climate Policies Breached Human Rights

A panel of Strasbourg judges ruled in April that Switzerland had violated the human rights of older women through weak climate policies that leave them more vulnerable to heatwaves. Activists hailed the judgment as a breakthrough because it leaves all members of the Council of Europe exposed to legal challenges for sluggish efforts to clean up carbon-intensive economies.

But the Swiss Parliament’s lower house voted on Wednesday to disregard the ruling – with 111 votes in favour and 72 against – arguing that the judges had overstepped their bounds and that Switzerland had done enough. The declaration, which has been adopted by the upper house but does not bind the federal Government, accused the court of “inadmissible and disproportionate judicial activism”.

“This is terrible from a rule-of-law perspective,” said Corina Heri, a law researcher at the University of Zürich, adding that “the whole system would fall apart” if lots of states started to pick and choose which rulings they complied with. “The term ‘slippery slope’ is overused, obviously, but it is a dangerous precedent to create.”

The KlimaSeniorinnen – or Swiss female climate elders – are a group of 2,400 women over the age of 65 who took the Swiss Government to court for failing to do its fair share to stop the planet heating [sic] 1.5°C (2.7°F). After years of setbacks in regional and national courts, they escalated the case to Europe’s top human rights court and scored a partial victory.

But in a fiery debate on Wednesday, Swiss politicians attacked the court and mocked the women.

Jean-Luc Addor, from the Right-wing populist Swiss People’s Party, the largest in the federal assembly, said: “These ‘climate elder’ are just a bunch of apparently healthy ‘boomeuses’ [female boomers], who are trying to deny our children the living conditions they have enjoyed all their lives.”

You see, Tories. You can just ignore the European court and the sky doesn’t fall in. After all, it’s often just a bunch of souped-up Leftist activists with law degrees.

Worth reading in full.


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1 Comment on Swiss Parliament Rejects ECHR Ruling That Country’s “Weak” Climate Policies Breached Human Rights

  1. As an 80 year old woman, I will let Earth, the Sun and God determine what the real climate “policies” are; and I will abide by, adapt to, or perish with whatever “the (ever-changing) climate” brings “down the road”. What utter rubbish. Clueless technocratic bureaucrats who claim to be “climate scientists” need “to get a life”.

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