By Astha Pandey
Astha Pandey is an undergraduate law student at Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur (India).
In January 2020, the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled that it is unlawful for states to deport people seeking asylum on the ground of threat to life due to climate crisis. This judgment was a result of a case brought by Ioane Teitiota, a national of Kiribati, against the government of New Zealand in February 2016 after his claim of asylum as a ‘climate refugee’ was denied by New Zealand. The ruling highlights that countries have a legal responsibility to protect lives threatened by climate change.