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Landmark hearing to consider climate displacement in the Americas

A special 7 March hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will explore the role of climate change in forced migration across the Americas. Driven by human rights organisations in Latin America, the United States, and the Caribbean, the hearing is calling on the IACHR to – among other things – formally recognise forced displacement as a result of climate change. The commission will listen to testimony from people who are directly affected by climate change, including Higinio Alberto Ramírez from the Honduran fishing village of Cedeño. The New Humanitarian has been working with photojournalist Fritz Pinnow to document the effects of climate change on local communities in Central America. Read all about it here, including his trip to Cedeño, where homes and businesses are fast being submerged by tidal floods and storm surges.

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