Published:  12:00 AM, 12 November 2016

Call for protecting climate victims' rights

Civil society leaders here on Friday urged the new political policy regimes to protect and promote the human rights of climate-induced displaced people. Climate-displaced people deserved new political policy regime for human rights protection, they said at a seminar on the sidelines of Marrakech Climate Conference.

The side event seminar titled "Climate Displace-ment: Protecting and Promoting Rights of the Climate Migrants" was jointly organized by Action Aid (AA) International, Asia People Movement of Debt and Development (APMDD), Climate Action Network South Asia (CAN South Asia), Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust (COAST), Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

Environment and Forests Secretary of Bangladesh Dr Kamal Uddin Ahmed, Atle Soleberg of Platform on Disaster Displacement  (PDD), Marine Frank of UNHCR (United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees), Benjamin Schechter of United Nations Human Rights (UNHR), and Asad Rehman of EoEI spoke in the seminar as panel speakers which was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of COAST and Lidy Nacpil of APMDD, according to a press release.

Sanjay Vashist said they in their latest study found that increasing nature of climate displacement and migration in South Asia is keeping a severe impact on women, which is creating tensions among the communities.

Giving references of several studies from Africa, Rita Uwaka narrated how the displacement is increasing and the situation is getting complicated due to development projects. Dr Kamal said Bangladesh is trying its best to tackle the climate displacement, but the problem is getting complicated as the country's nearly 39 million coastal people are vulnerable to climate displacement. 

He said it will be difficult for Bangladesh to deal with the problem without global support, and to protect the human rights of climate induced displaced people. Addressing the program, Marine Frank of UNHCR said their organization acknowledges the issue and working with other agencies to mitigate the problem and support the victims.

-UNB, Marrakech

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