Bangladeshi commuters use boats to cross the Buriganga River in the capital Dhaka in 2018. In July, Bangladesh's top court granted all the country's rivers the same legal rights as humans. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images World Should Rivers Have Same Legal Rights As Humans? A Growing Number Of Voices Say Yes August 3, 2019 "Environmental personhood" was once considered a fringe issue, but several countries have granted rivers within their borders legal person status. Bangladesh became the latest in July.