Amnesty International is deeply alarmed that human rights, particularly of Indigenous peoples, local communities, women and workers, are in danger of becoming a casualty of COP26 negotiations, as states are looking to put in place harmful mechanisms for the expansion of carbon markets without strong safeguards to ensure real emission reductions and robust human rights guarantees to protect people who will be most affected by these measures.
Carbon markets are not the solution to the climate crisis and they pose enormous risks, particularly for Indigenous peoples and other groups most affected by the climate crisis. This is why any COP26 decision on carbon markets must include clear mechanisms to ensure respect of the rights of all affected groups, particularly of Indigenous peoples, and ensure that projects lead to a just transition.
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