U.N. Commissioner Takes Democracy to Task: ‘Policymakers Need to Listen to Protester Demands’

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet takes part in the opening session of a United Nations Human right council on September 9, 2019 in Geneva. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has queried the response of international lawmakers to the demands of climate protesters, lamenting some people on the streets had problems with democracy.

Speaking in Sydney, Australia, during a local academic oration on Wednesday, Bachelet expressed disappointment that the demands of the few are met with so little action by elected representatives.

ABC News reports she claimed, pointing to the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations happening in 60 cities around the world, people would only continue to disengage if their participation was not met with “responsive and responsible policies.”

“Policymakers need to listen to their [Extinction Rebellion] demands,” she said.

“Leaders — not just political leaders, but social and business leaders too — can and should encourage greater participation and involvement by young people, whose lives will be shaped by the issues that are coming to the fore right now.

“Rather than fuelling cynicism about the value of participation, they could and should be encouraging people to advocate policies that align with our most important personal convictions and ideals.”

This is the second time in the space of a month the former president of Chile has urged the world to stop and listen to climate protesters and do as they are told.

An activist carries a placard with an image of Greta Thunberg as he protests on Whitehall, by Downing Street during the second day of climate change demonstrations by the Extinction Rebellion group in central London, on October 8, 2019. - Climate protesters from Sydney to New York blocked roads Monday, sparking hundreds of arrests, as two weeks of civil disobedience demanding immediate action to save the Earth from "extinction" kicked off. The demonstrations, triggered by the group Extinction Rebellion, were mostly limited to a few hundred people in each city, far from the size of last month's massive Greta Thunberg-inspired protests. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

An activist carries a placard with an image of Greta Thunberg as he protests on Whitehall, by Downing Street during the second day of climate change demonstrations by the Extinction Rebellion group in central London, on October 8, 2019. (BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

As Breitbart News reported, she previously claimed climate change will cause serious “harm to Human Rights” as well as producing “powerful conflicts” among peoples.

One year after beginning her mandate, Bachelet said “climate change has been a reality for a long time,” and in order to address it, nations much “take concrete measures to comply with the Paris Agreements.”

“I know that climate change will generate, voluntarily or not, restrictions and harm to people’s rights,” she said in an interview published with the Spanish news agency EFE.

“Of course, it is not nature that violates human rights, but when people have to move because of drought, lack of food, or fight for water, powerful conflicts will be generated,” she added.

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