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Bangladeshi court recognizes legal standing of rivers

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Jul. 03, 19 | 4:45 pm

The high court in Bangladesh has granted the rivers in the country rights and status of “living entities,” which is a step towards the protection of these vital bodies of water.

The landmark decision on a 2016 petition filed by a Dhaka-based rights group means  rivers would now be treated as legal persons, said lawyer Manzil Murshid as per a report from Agence France Presse.

In addition, the court has also appointed the River Conservation Commission as the legal guardian and directed other state agencies to assist them fully.

Experts have stated that this decision would save rivers from illegal encroachment in the densely populated country.

Most of the rivers are branches and tributaries of two main Himalayan rivers—the Ganges and the Brahmaputra that flow through Bangladesh before reaching the Bay of Bengal.

The Philippines has no law granting rights of nature. However, the Supreme Court issued a legal remedy called writ of kalikasan to protect one’s right for a healthy environment, something guaranteed in the Constitution.

Bangladesh joined a growing bandwagon worldwide, giving legal rights to nature. They are India, Bolivia, Ecuador, New Zealand, Colombia and a few towns in the US.

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