08.04.20 Human rights defenders supported the guarantees of the right of property in space /VIDEO/

According to the press service of the Association of Russian Lawyers  for Human Rights, on April 6, 2020, US President Donald Trump signed a document that guarantees property of resources extracted in space. According to human rights defenders, the initiative is useful for the development of outer space and private space companies.

In connection with the US initiative, the chairman of the Association of Russian Lawyers  for Human Rights, Maria Arkhipova (Bast), published a video explaining the importance of the signed document for space exploration in comparison with the outdated Agreement on the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies in 1979 (text of the document on the link https://undocs.org/en/A/RES/34/68).

As explained by Maria Arkhipova (Bast), the guarantee of property in space will arouse interest in space exploration and resource extraction by private companies. Moreover, Maria Arkhipova welcomed similar decisions previously made by Luxembourg, as well as Ukraine at the end of 2019. According to Maria Arkhipova, the interest in space of private companies previously relied on government orders, in the new conditions, commercial organizations will be able to start implementing their own programs aimed at new technologies for the extraction and processing of resources, and profit from new activities.

As the human rights defender stressed, the right to property is a human right, and this right should be ensured both at the level of private space organizations and at the level of legal mechanisms that allow the use of both guaranteed law at the level of international law and national law of the aforementioned states.

Moreover, according to the human rights defender, priority should not be given in space activities to the 1979 Convention, but to the UN international declaration on fundamental human rights and freedoms, and also to rely on the fact that property right is a natural human right.

Comment by Maria Arkhipova (Bast), Chairman of the Association of Russian Lawyers  for Human Rights:

- I think that Russia also needs to change its legislation on space activities and move away from excessive regulation and recognize property in space.

More information about the position in the video of Maria Arkhipova (Bast).




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