Ecocide Law Support Timeline

Ecocide law support

Over the Years

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December 2021
International Criminal Court’s Assembly of States Parties
Official side event presenting the legal definition of ecocide at the International Criminal Court’s Assembly of States Parties is co-hosted by Vanuatu, Samoa and Bangladesh. Belgium makes an impromptu diplomatic intervention.
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December 2021

Belgium

Belgian Parliament votes to recognise international law of ecocide

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November 2021

World’s first Global Citizens Assembly

World’s first Global Citizens Assembly says ecocide law should be “firmly enforced alongside existing environmental protection laws”

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November 2021

Ireland

Parliamentary question is asked in Ireland: “will the Irish government support an international crime of ecocide?”

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November 2021

UK Labour Party

Shadow Justice Minister publicly announces the commitment of the Labour Party to support discussions around an international crime of ecocide.

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November 2021

Mexico

Senator Raúl Paz Alonzo asks the Mexican Government to recognise ecocide as the fifth Crime against World Peace and Security. 

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October 2021

16th UNN Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY16)

At the 16th UNN Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY16), youth delegates from all over the world call on governments to “implement legal sanctions for actions and crimes against the environment (including ecocide), especially those coming from big corporations and fossil-fuel companies.”

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October 2021

The International Corporate Governance Network

The International Corporate Governance Network, a global investor-led network whose members control over half the worlds assets under management ($59 trillion) calls on governments to collaborate internationally on criminalising ecocide.

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September 2021

Mexico

Senator Raúl Paz Alonzo presents a bill before the Mexican Senate to reform federal criminal code and make ecocide a serious crime in Mexico.

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September 2021

Fridays for Future

Fridays for Future call on world leaders to commit to make ecocide an international crime.

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September 2021

UK Ecocide law

Ecocide law is debated in the UKs House of Lords, following the submission of a revised amendment to the Environment Bill by Baroness (Natalie) Bennett.

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September 2021

Chile

In Chile, the Subcommittee on the General Framework for Human, Environmental & Natural Rights of the Constitutional Convention vote for an ecocide annex to be added to the new Chilean constitution.

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September 2021

Stop Ecocide International (SEI)

Stop Ecocide International (SEI) calls press conference at IUCN World Congress following unprecedented use of IUCN rule to challenge it’s rejection of SEI motion.

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August 2021

France

Frances Climate & Resilience Act passed this week includes ecocide in two different contexts.

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August 2021

Chile

Chilean parliamentarians launch a bill consisting of an amendment to the Chilean penal code to introduce a new crime of ecocide which is directly based on the new draft legal definition of ecocide.

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July 2021

UK Legal Definition of Ecocide

The first use on record of the full definition of ecocide in a government bill: Baroness (Natalie) Bennett of Manor Castle uses the definition from the Independent Panel for the Legal Definition of Ecocide in the amendment submitted to the UK Environment Bill.

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July 2021

UN Secretary-General

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has voiced his support for an international crime of ecocide.

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July 2021

The Caribbean

Diplomats urge Caribbean support for ecocide law: Antigua & Barbudas Ambassador to the US and former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth urge serious support for ecocide law in the Caribbean.

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June 2021

Scotland

Cross-party support in Scotland for a motion submitted to Parliament by MSP Monica Lennon welcoming the new definition of ecocide.

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June 2021

Draft Legal definition of ecocide

Legal definition of ecocide is drafted by an expert panel of 12 highly renowned international criminal and environmental lawyers from around the world. It took them six months. The result: a legal definition of ecocide” as a potential 5th international crime, to sit alongside genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.  

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June 2021

Bangladesh

Bangladeshi parliamentary committee on the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change asks govt to legislate for ecocide.

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May 2021

European Parliament

European Parliament votes to take ecocide law seriously

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February 2021

Luxembourg

In Luxembourg, the Minister of Foreign & European Affairs and the Minister for the Environment, Climate & Sustainable Development said in Parliament they were “ready to support recognition of ecocide”.

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January 2021

Canada

Canadian government announced they will follow closely” the global conversation on ecocide.

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January 2021

Finland

Former President of Finland expresses her support for an international crime of ecocide.

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December 2020

Spain

Spain’s Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee calls for consideration of criminalising ecocide.

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December 2020

Belgium

Belgium becomes the first European country to raise issue of ecocide at International criminal Court.

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December 2020

Dutch Parliament

White Paper on ecocide is submitted to Dutch Parliament

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October 2020

Sweden

Sweden becomes the latest European state to discuss criminalising ecocide.  Two separate motions are submitted to the Swedish parliament by a combination of three political parties.

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July 2020

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg is awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, and donates 100K to the Stop Ecocide Foundation.

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July 2020

Belgian Green Parties

Belgian Green parties introduce bill to make ecocide a crime – and support ecocide amendment to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

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July 2020

International crime

Citizens, scientists and influencers join youth activists calling on EU leaders to support making ecocide an international crime. Open Letter receives thousands of signatures.

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June 2020

 French Citizens’ Assembly

French Citizens’ Assembly votes to make ecocide a crime.

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June 2020

Maldives

Maldives calls for a 5th International Crime of ecocide.

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November 2019

Pope Francis

Pope Francis calls for ecocide to be a fifth category of crimes against peace, during the International Association of Penal Law in the Vatican.

December 2019

Vanuatu

Vanuatu calls for the International Criminal Court to seriously consider recognising the crime of ecocide.