NEW! DS & Norwegian Refugee Council Urge the Application of the UN’s Pinheiro Principles Throughout Myanmar

20 March 2017

Displacement Solutions and the Norwegian Refugee Council today released a new publication outlining how Myanmar could constructively apply the UN's Pinheiro Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons (2005) as a key tool to resolve ongoing forced displacement throughout the country.  The booklet provides a brief history of the Pinheiro Principles and the full text of this historic document which provides  comprehensive framework for securing HLP restitution rights for refugees and IDPs everywhere, including those from Myanmar. The publication is accompanied by a lengthier Introductory Guide on Understanding and Claiming Housing, Land and Property Restitution Rights in Myanmar: Questions and Answers which was also released today. Later this month, a 72-page legal analysis of HLP restitution issues in Myanmar, prepared for NRC by the DS Director Scott Leckie, will be published. This report examines the current state of affairs regarding restitution in the country and concludes with five specific recommendations that can be implemented to bring the dream of restitution ever closer to the millions of people from Myanmar who still have yet to resolve their outstanding claims for homes and lands from which they were forced to flee. The detailed report explores the vital nature…...
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NEW! DS Releases New report on Planned Relocation in Gunayala, Panama

31 January 2017

DS has released its latest report on the planned relocation processes underway in Gunayala Territory in Panana due to the effects of climate change. DS has worked with the Guna people for several years documenting the challenges facing these communities, in particular the growing acceptance of the need to move from their traditional island homes to safer land on the mainland. Our latest report explores some of the hurdles facing the relocation process from Gardi Sugdup which has progressed far more slowly than initially anticipated, as well as the growing support for relocation from several new areas in Gunayala which are becoming increasingly urgent. The report was prepared the head of the DS Panama Programme, Carlos Arenas. The report can be accessed here: Gunayala Planned Relocation - Jan 2017...
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DS Turns 10!

26 December 2016

DS Turns 10! 28 December 2016 DS marks its tenth anniversary after its founding in Geneva on the same day in 2006. DS Director and Founder Scott Leckie reflects on the activities and victories of the past ten years, and what to expect from DS in the years to come. Dear Friends, It's hard to believe that DS has now been active for ten busy and eventful years involving an extraordinary team of dedicated HLP experts from around the world. From developing the Peninsula Principles, spearheading efforts to obtain land for climate displaced people, IDP return designs in Timor Leste, Somalia, Colombia, Bhutan and many more, carrying on-site investigations in Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Panama, Kiribati, Bangladesh and many other climate change hotspots, to HLP rights analysis and restitution design work in Myanmar, the publication of several books, inaugurating the world’s first law school courses on climate displacement, and scores of DS reports, producing films, building homes for climate displaced families in Chittagong, and so much more, this dramatic decade has been an exhilarating one. On this tenth anniversary of DS, I would like to thank all of our supporters for making this journey so productive and even sometimes victorious. Special…...
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DS Exploring HLP Restitution Prospects in Myanmar

28 November 2016

DS carried out its latest mission to Myanmar in October with a focus this time on the question of housing, land and property restitution rights and how best to ensure these rights for everyone with an HLP loss and valid restitution claim in need of remedy. DS and the Norwegian Refugee Council will shortly be reducing a major new study on restitution, which it plans to publicly launch in Yangon in January 2017. A range of restitution measures are already in place in Myanmar, signalling a major concrete outcome of the political reform process. The new study proposes a series of specific recommendations on how to move to the next level of the quest of restitution for all. These efforts build on DS' extensive global experience on designing restitution laws and systems throughout the history of the organisation. ...
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Latest Updates on Guna Relocation in Panana

28 November 2016

Orion recently published an update on Gunayala and the ongoing struggles of the Guna people to relocate from their threatened islands. The article - https://orionmagazine.org/article/higher-ground/ - also outlines DS' work with the Guna. A report of the most recent research mission by DS to Guna territory will be released shortly....
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DS Documents Climate Displacement in Lau Lagoon, Solomon Islands

5 October 2016

DS has just completed a two-week field mission to yet another climate displacement hotspot, Lau Lagoon on Malaita Island in the Solomon Islands. The Lau Lagoon, perched on the north-east tip of Malaita, covers 35 square km of shallow reef. It is shadowed by the island of Maana ‘Oba in its northern reaches and exposed to the deep Western Pacific Ocean in its central and southern parts. Dotted by 80 to 100 coral man-made islands, each typically housing between 5 and 400 people, the lagoon’s security is essential to many lives. Increasing numbers of these islands are now beginning to lay uninhabited as residents leave behind destroyed homes and flee the ever-worsening consequences of climate-change. Although relocation to the mainland due to these worsening conditions has been happening for over a decade, there exists today a new urgency. Shortages of suitable land for relocation are leaving the people of the Lau Lagoon anxious about their future and that of generations to come. DS has been active in the Solomon Islands for the past two years, as part of our Climate Displacement Land Initiative and hopes to return soon to work the people, the Church, civil society and the government to find the…...
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Major UN Boost for the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States

25 August 2016

A report just issued by the United Nations Human Rights Council gives extensive and positive coverage to the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States. The report, prepared by UN human rights expert of the Advisory Committee to the Human Rights Council, Mr. Imeru Tamrat Yigezu of Ethiopia, describes the 2013 Principles as providing "a solid foundation for the protection of the specific needs of those internally displaced by climate change in line with a human-rights based approach and are consistent with international human rights standards and humanitarian law". The 12 August 2016 report (UN doc: A/HRC/AC/17/2) makes clear the human rights dimensions of climate displacement and specifically recommends that the Council implement two key recommendations: 1. That the Advisory Committee undertake to prepare guidelines (‘soft guidelines’) on climate displacement and human rights, based on existing frameworks such as the Guiding Principles on IDPs and the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement within States, which are grounded in the existing international framework. 2.  Alternatively, that the Advisory Committee could prepare a report on the question of a human rights-based planned relocation to cases of looming climate displacement. It is hoped the Human Rights Council will accept Tamrat's recommendations, and that attention to the…...
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Using Planning Law to Prevent Climate Displacement – New DS Publication

25 August 2016

Based on our extensive experience working in more than 20 climate-affected countries, DS believes that in order to effectively address climate displacement States must take a perspective beyond the emergency humanitarian needs of those threatened with climate displacement. Measures and tools must be implemented now that both protect communities against displacement occurring as well as ensure that persons who are displaced can rebuild their lives with all of their human rights respected, protected and fulfilled. Although States are primarily responsible for preventing and resolving climate displacement in their territory, global solidarity is required in order to effectively address climate displacement. This includes ensuring the contribution of all States as well as a broad and inclusive range of stakeholders, disciplines and perspectives in the design and implementation of measures and tools to address climate displacement. To this end, DS today released a new report The Critical Role of Land Use Planning in Preventing and Resolving Climate Displacement which addresses the critical - and as yet largely unexplored - role that land use planning can and must play in preventing and resolving climate displacement. To access the report, click here: The Critical Role of Land use Planning in Preventing and Resolving Climate Displacement (August 2016)    …...
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Peninsula Principles Now Available in Japanese

19 June 2016

The Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States are now available in Japanese. The full text is available here: Japanese Version of the Peninsula Principles. ...
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