Climate Induced Migrants are the Historical Responsibility of Developed Countries

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Durban 7th December 2011. Today in a seminar at University of Kwan Zulu Natal (UKZN), right civil society leaders like Kumi Naido, Executive Director, Green Peace International; Raja Debasish Roy, Chief Patron of BIPNetCCBD and others mentioned that Issues Climate Induced Migrants are the historical responsibility of the annex 1 or developed countries.

The seminar title “Climate Induced Migrants and Human Right Perspective” was organized by six Bangladeshi climate networks like Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (BAPA), Bangladesh Indigenous People Network on Climate Change and Biodiversity (BIPNetCCDB), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD) and Network on Climate Change in Bangladesh (NCCB), and six other international network like Jubilee south, Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD), LDC Watch, South Asian Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE), 350.Org, and Trust for Community and Education (TOCH).

The seminar was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD, key note presentation was given by Dr. Ahsan Uddin of CSRL, other prominent speakers are Senior Professor of UKZN Dr. Patrick Bond; one of the key organizer of CoP 17 Civil Society space Professor Brain Ash of UKZN; Malcolm Demons from Economic Justice Network (EJN)Africa, Willy D Costa, Chairman, Jubilee south APMDD; Raja Debasish Roy, Adviser to the ex care taker government in Bangladesh; Tanvir Shakil Joy, Member of Parliament from Bangladesh; and Ziaul Haque Mukta of Oxfam International.

Dr. Ahsan Uddin of CSRL made five proposal in his presentation, which are, relocation and resettlement of the climate induced migrants should come under negotiated adaptation framework, replication of Australian Migration Law 2007, UN must frame a legal regime in view of the term Universal Natural Person, and detail elaboration of Cancun agreement clause section 14 f. which is on climate induced migrants. Professor Patrick Bond and Brian Ash urged climate justice movement to take up the issue; they mentioned the experiences of difficulties from political level of South African authorities on while they have organized a camp of 2000 climate refugee in Durban during this CoP 17. Malcolm Demons of EJN state the situation of climate induced migrants in Africa; he expressed full support for the movement. Willy D Costa, mentioned the cases on how Indian right wing politicians use Bangladeshi migrants issue, he urged to create separate allocation of fund in Green Climate Fund on relocation and resettlement of climate migrants. Tanvir Shakil Joy, Member of Parliament from Bangladesh and Raja Debasish Roy of BIPNetCCBD urged that Politicians has to act fast on climate change issues otherwise people lose faith the multilateral process and the consequences will be irreversible.

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