Displaced, Evicted or Resettled by Climate Change Measures Neglecting the Rights of Affected Communities in the Case of the Bujagali Hydropower Plant

Kurswechsel 3/2016

10 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2017

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Monika Mayrhofer

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment

Florian Mersmann

Wuppertal Institut fuer Klima, Umwelt, Energie

Date Written: June 30, 2016

Abstract

Climate policies have been increasingly scrutinised concerning their effect on human rights in general and forced movement of people in particular. With the example of the Bujagali Hydropower Plant in Uganda, a project registered under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol, this article argues that the human rights of people affected by climate protecting activities are not adequately taken into account in the global climate policy regime, which leaves them vulnerable to the violation of their rights including forced eviction, displacement or resettlement processes that fail to comply with human rights standards. It furthermore illustrates that such measures are usually embedded in a complex national and international political and legal context that makes it difficult for project affected persons to hold involved actors accountable and to access justice.

Keywords: Bujagali, Hydropower plant, Human Rights, Chlimate Change, Migrants, Accountability

Suggested Citation

Mayrhofer, Monika and Mersmann, Florian, Displaced, Evicted or Resettled by Climate Change Measures Neglecting the Rights of Affected Communities in the Case of the Bujagali Hydropower Plant (June 30, 2016). Kurswechsel 3/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2900803

Monika Mayrhofer (Contact Author)

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment ( email )

Florian Mersmann

Wuppertal Institut fuer Klima, Umwelt, Energie ( email )

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