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Crimes Against Natural Environments

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Islamic law broadly preserves the natural environment. The protection and preservation of the natural environment in Islamic international criminal law is essentially no different from the protection of the natural environment under international criminal law as recognised and criminalized under various international conventions. Special protection under Islamic law is given to living creatures and this protection should be regarded as one of the most significant characterizations of Islamic law as revealed approximately fourteen hundred years ago. Islamic international criminal law also provides punishment against those who do not carry out their duties and obligations towards the natural environment. It is thus the responsibility of the human beings to keep the natural environment alive and not destroy its function.

Keywords: Islamic international criminal law; living creatures; natural environment



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