A people's court asked Bangladesh government to ensure the protection of marine biodiversity and ecology alongside ensuring the rights of resource-dependent coastal communities when implementing any projects related to the blue economy.
A group of rights activists from different countries organised the virtual people's court on Monday.
Environmental Activist and Food Sovereignty Advocate Dr Vandana Shiva; Former UN Rapporteur Anand Grover from India; Executive Director of Abika Uhaki Foundation Ezar Mbogiri from Kenya, and Executive Committee member of Naripokko, Sheerin Parvin Huq from Bangladesh were in the jury board.
People of different professions from Cox's Bazar presented their recent situation to the court. "Local labourers should be hired in Special Economic Zone and the government should arrange shelter for people displaced due to this project," said Mamunul Haque, a resident of Moheshkhali near Special Economic Zone.
"Small-scale fishers are unable to catch enough fish as big trawlers are catching most of the stock," said Md Abdul Halim, a deep-sea fisheries worker from Cox's Bazar.