The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joins the global community in recognizing and raising awareness around the many components of war and armed conflict. In addition to the many victims of war and armed conflict, as well as displaced people and damage to the infrastructure of different societies, the environment is often a silent victim.

On November 6, 2016 the United Nations, countries around the world, community based organizations, and global citizens will recognize the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. This day was designated on November 5, 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness about war and armed conflict’s danger to the environment and to encourage the protection of the Earth’s natural resources and ecosystems most especially during times of tumultuous conflict among people. A healthy planet with an emphasis on protecting the Earth’s natural resources and ecosystems is directly related to the health, well-being, and human rights of all people around the world.

“AHRC-USA encourages all peace-loving people everywhere to advocate for the protection of the environment during times of war and conflict,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “Peace and stability can only be obtained around the world if the global community continues to recognize and respect the environment as an important component to stronger, healthier, more peaceful societies, and the preservation of human rights.”

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