Access Rights as Human Rights

John Knox, Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, spoke on 31 October 2013 to the 3rd Meeting of the Focal Points Appointed by the Governments of the Signatory Countries of the Declaration on the Application of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, meeting in Lima, Peru.  He talked about the relationship of human rights law to the access rights set out in Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration. Principle 10 declares that each individual should have access to environmental information, the opportunity to participate in decision-making and access to legal proceedings and remedies. Knox noted that such rights are also supported and protected by human rights law. He stressed that stronger access rights will result in environmental policies that better reflect the concerns of communities, safeguarding their rights to a healthy environment and promoting sustainable development. See "Access Rights as Human Rights"