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Human rights and the environment: a South Asian perspective

Parvez Hassan and Azim Azfar

Keywords: South Asian; human rights; environment; separation; convergence; judicial activism; Hassan; future

Offering an unrivalled quasi-autobiographical perspective on the South Asian contribution to the development of the relationship between human rights and the environment, Hassan and Azfar point towards the vital role of post-colonial nations in the important legal convergences between urgent concern for human dignity and for ecological responsibility in an age of environmental degradation. Tracing the unique contribution of South Asian judicial activism in the genesis of environmental human rights sensibilities, Hassan and Azfar point to future trajectories, arguing that the convergence of human rights and the environment has never been more pressing or urgent. They conclude that while the South Asian judiciary model is a radical jurisprudence of compassionate outrage for the marginalized and violated, it remains vital, due to national and cultural particularities, to continue to strengthen regional mechanisms and responses to human and environmental challenges if important international aspirations are to be fulfilled.

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