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Neither Poverty Reduction nor Development is Possible Keeping the War On

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Dhaka, 21 July 2014: Today in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka 16 rights based, farmer and labour organizations organized a Stand Up program as a part of the Global Day for Development Justice. From the stand up they said, neither poverty reduction nor development is possible keeping the war situation alive between nations. They urged to the Bangladesh Government to negotiate in the UN in favor of the People’s Goal during setting the post 2015 Development goals on the basis of redistribution and justice.

In responding to the global events including India, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia and many other countries today, 21st July, demanding Redistribution and Justice to be brought in the centre of the Post 2015 Development Agenda , the rights based organizations in Bangladesh hold this event.

Aminu rRasul Babul of Unnayan Dhara Trust, Subol Das of Bangladesh Bhumihin Somity, Zayed Iqbal Khan of Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Syed Aminul Huq and Barkat Ullah Maruf of EquityBD spoke in the gathering under the moderation by Mustafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD.

In his speech Aminur Rasul Babul said, we don’t want the development ruled by the corporate and driven by the profit hunting companies anymore. Development should be and must be for the poor. He added, the current system of Development is increasing the inequality between rich and poor. Allowing this inequality to remain it is neither possible to realize people’s rights nor the development.

Subol Das of Bangladesh Bhumihin Somity said, the labours are the one who is pushing the world to progress and they are the most vulnerable in getting the minimum wage to live moderately. They are the one who are sacrificing their lives by the building collapse and fire, let alone the decent working environment. He also said, we must ensure a minimum salary for them to live on before we sit to set the development goals.

Zayed Iqbal Khan of Bangladesh Krishok Federation said, ensuring the rights for poor farmers is not only necessary for their own interest. It also ensures the food sovereignty of a nation. If we fail to save the farmers we’ll be dependent on the companies for food.

Syed Aminul Huq of EquityBD said, the rich and industrialist countries must acknowledge their historical responsibilities before setting the post 2015 development agenda. They must admit their carbon contribution that is causing the climate change and affecting the poor nations and they must repay. Contribution to the global development is their responsibility, not charity.

Barkat Ullah Maruf of EquityBD said, until and unless ensuring the redistribution and justice the key achievable of the development goals, poverty eradication, is not at all possible. Increasing military expenditure directly resulting the war situation and poverty eradication can’t go together.

Mustafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD said during his moderation, the total GDP of 41 heavily indebted countries (570 millions of people) in Asia and Africa is less than the total property of only 7 rich persons in the world. It’s obscene. There is no alternative of redistributive development justice to reduce this inequality.

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