Mossville Environmental Action Now v. United States

Submitted by Kelly Russo on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 00:00
Regional Decisions
Inter-American Commission

Report No. 43/10

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights found petitioners' claim, that Mossville residents were suffering from health problems caused by pollution released from fourteen industrial facilities that were granted permits to operate in the area, admissible as to alleged violations of Articles 2 and 5 of the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man. Article 2 and 5 of the American Declaration recognize the right of American peoples to equality before the law and protection of honor, personal reputation, and private family life, respectively. The Commission determined that petitioners' claims under Articles 1, 9, 11, and 23, which recognize the right of to life, inviolability of home, preservation of health, and property, respectively, were inadmissible due to lack of evidence presented.