The Bonavero Institute publishes new report NO. 2/2022: Amicus Curiae Brief by Professor Martin Scheinin in the Case of 'Daniel Billy et al. (Torres Strait Islanders) v. Australia' by the UN Human Rights Committee
The Bonavero Report 2/2022 titled Amicus Curiae Brief by Professor Martin Scheinin in the Case of 'Daniel Billy et al. (Torres Strait Islanders) v. Australia' by the UN Human Rights Committee was authored by Professor Martin Scheinin (British Academy Global Professor at the Bonavero Institute). It was edited by Zaki Rehman (Research Assistant at the Bonavero Institute).
The Report consists of an amicus curiae brief as submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the treaty body under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in the case of Daniel Billy et al. v. Australia (Communication No. 3624/2019). The case concerns adverse human rights impacts of climate change in the lives of indigenous Torres Strait Islanders.
The Billy case is the first successful international human rights case regarding states' treaty obligations regarding climate change. The complaint was declared admissible, and the state party Australia was found to have violated its positive human rights obligations under ICCPR Articles 17 and 27 regarding, respectively, the right to privacy, family and home, and the right of members of a minority - such as an indigenous people - to enjoy their own culture in community with other members of their group.