European court of human rights on addressing environmental discrimination against collectivities
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Environmental degradation is not distributed equally among various groups of people. There is a vast amount of social studies, scientific reports and current legal cases which reveal the disproportionate burden placed on certain populations by the pollution of the natural environment. This paper is based on the idea that equal wellbeing of each individual is better protected when their status as collectivities is taken into account with regard to environmental issues. In this respect, the paper attempts to explore how the principle of equality and non-discrimination, Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, helps defending rights of collectivities through an individual rights-based legal institution, namely European Court of Human Rights.
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