On 14 February 2017, Filipinos demanding climate justice filed their response to corporate efforts to shut down the first-ever national inquiry into the responsibility of the fossil fuel industry for the human rights impacts resulting from climate change. The Petitioners requested the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, the authority leading the investigation, to deny the companies’ demands for a dismissal.
Filipino disaster survivors and other brave individuals, along with 14 NGOs including Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines, triggered a first-ever national investigation into the responsibility of fossil fuel companies for human rights impacts resulting from climate change.
The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines launched an investigation into the responsibility of carbon producers for human rights impacts resulting from climate change in December 2015, during the historic Paris climate summit.
The Commission requested the companies to respond to the Petition by the end of September 2016 and now it is moving forward with a national inquiry, which carries significant weight since such procedures are only rarely used for matters of great importance to the country and citizens.
The Petitioners are calling for public hearings to be held in early-mid 2017.
I. Petition and Annexes:
II. Corporate Responses and comments on the petition
Summary of Corporate Responses
III. Petitioners' Consolidated Reply
Human Rights and Climate Change Consolidated Reply