An article by Displacement Solutions, Bangladesh’s Climate Displacement Nightmare, has just been published by The Ecologist. Written by Scott Leckie, Ezekiel Simperingham and Jordan Bakker after their field trip to Bangladesh in January 2011, this article discusses the crisis that climate change poses for Bangladesh. There are currently 6.5 million climate displaced persons in Bangladesh, and it is forecast that many millions more will lose their houses, lands and properties in the years to come. In response to this devastating situation, the article recommends a number of human rights-based measures to be taken by civil society groups in Bangladesh, the national Government and the broader international community. Action must be taken now to protect the human rights of all current displaced persons in Bangladesh, and to prevent mass human rights violations in the future. To read this article, click here.
Commemorating 10 Years of Action - the 2016 DS Annual Report
NEW - Climate Displacement in Bangladesh
Climate Displacement in Bangladesh Report: Now Available in Bangla!
Climate Change and Human Rights Law School Course Goes Digital
Ten Years of Action It is hard to believe that DS has now been active for ten busy and eventful years. This has been quite a ride for our (intentionally) small and flexible organisation, and one involving an wonderful team of dedicated HLP experts from around the world working in a range of displacement hotspots. From developing the Peninsula Principles, to spearheading global efforts to obtain land for climate displaced people, developing IDP return designs in Timor Leste, Somalia, Colombia, Bhutan and many more, carrying on-site investigations in Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Panama, Kiribati, Bangladesh and other climate change-affected areas, to conducting HLP rights analysis and restitution design work in Myanmar, advising the UN on HLP issues in Syria, publishing several books, inaugurating the world’s first law school courses on climate displacement, and writing DS reports, producing films, building homes for climate displaced families in Chittagong, and so much more, this first DS decade has been an exhilarating one. Since our founding on 28 December 2006, DS has worked in some 35 countries to assist in finding rights-based solutions to forced displacement in all of its forms. Besides our legal experts, we have had the honour of working with villagers, community…...
[caption id="attachment_958" align="alignright" width="150"] Young faces of climate displacement, Rajbari.[/caption] In January 2011, a team from Displacement Solutions visited Khulna District in Bangladesh - the ground zero of climate change. DS and its partners the Association for Climate Refugees visited some of the world's most destitute locations affected by large-scale climate-induced displacement in the world today. Climate Displacement in Bangladesh, which has just been released, catalogues images captured by world renowned photo journalist Kadir Van Lohuizen during the DS mission to the southwestern delta region of Bangladesh. The people pictured in the booklet are just some of the 6.5 million who have already been displaced by climate change in Bangladesh - people who desperately need their housing, land and property rights met, not some time in the future, but today. Their faces and circumstances of life tell a tale of both hope and despair. Displacement Solutions is working closely with the Association for Climate Refugees in Bangladesh to find human rights-based solutions for these people, and provide them with new land for lost land, and new homes for lost homes. Since January 2011, more than 2,500 acres of new land has been found for the climate refugees. Please download this…...
The report, Climate Displacement in Bangladesh: The Need for Urgent Housing, Land and Property Rights Solutions, is now available in Bangla.
DS Director Scott Leckie recently completed teaching his popular law school course at Monash Law School in Melbourne on Climate Change and Human Rights (LAW5454), this time using Zoom. After some initial reluctance to teach a complex law course using Zoom because of the COVD-19 lockdown, after a few minutes all was well and the two-week course was a pure joy to teach - great and clearly dedicated students always makes a big difference! If you would like to have Scott teach this course at your law school or as an undergraduate course, please contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss possibilities. This is the world's first law school course on climate change and human rights, and has been taught by Scott at various leading law schools since 2007 when he first designed and presented the course in Australia....