No Loans, Compensation from Rich Countries to Climate Affected Countries
Today, in a rally held in Dhaka University, South Asian civil society leaders demanded compensation for countries affected by climate change from rich nations responsible for climate change. They also demanded that the World Bank not have any role in climate funds. They also urged South Asian leaders to establish a People's South Asia.
The rally organized by Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development kicked off at the Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University. The main participants were La Via Campesina, Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Krishani Sobha, Garments Labour Federation, Jatio Sromik Jote, Pakistan Fisherfolk Federation and Anjuman Majharin. Others participants were All Nepal Peasant Federation (Nepal), South Indian Committee on Farmers (India), Centre for Ecological Studies (Germany), KMP (Philippines).
The main slogans of the rally were: Rich Countries Must Pay their Climate Debts and World Bank: Out of Climate Finance Now.
Later a meeting was held. Badrul Alam of La Via Campesina informed participants that an Asian caravan has been organized with the participation of various organizations from Asian countries demanding climate justice for the Asian countries.
Saeed Baloch of Pakistan Fisherfolk Federation said: "The time has come to be united for the people of the South Asia. People of this region have been suffering from climate change impacts and the consequences of capitalism. So, there should be united voice to stand against this system."
Dr. Keshab of All Nepal Peasant Federation said: "People of this region have been bonded historically; it is time to regain that united spirit to realize our demands. We have to stand beside one another to solve our problem."
Jaed Iqbal Khan of Bangladesh Krishok Federation said: "World Bank is trying to make loans as the panacea to the climate change affected poor countries, but we do not want loans, we demand compensation, we want to see World Bank out of climate funds".
In the meeting Micheal from England, Turn from Germany, Farzana from Bangladesh, Shova from India, Willi D Cost from India, Mackvia from Srilanka also spoke.
Coordinator of Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development Lidy Napcil was also present at the rally and the meeting.
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