Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Kiribati man Ioane Teitiota has just lost his appeal to the New Zealand Supreme Court, to be recognised as the world’s first climate refugee.
According to Channel 7 News (Australia);
The Supreme Court of New Zealand on Monday declined an appeal by Teitiota to overturn a decision to not grant him refugee status on those grounds.
In its ruling, the court said it did not believe there was enough immediate threat to Teitiota to cover him under international refugee laws.
“In relation to the Refugee Convention, while Kiribati undoubtedly faces challenges, Mr Teitiota does not, if returned, face serious harm and there is no evidence that the government of Kiribati is failing to take steps to protect its citizens from the effects of environmental degradation to the extent that it can,” it said.
I thought Teitiota lost his case back in 2014, but it seems Teitiota or his supporters launched an appeal, which Teitiota now appears to have lost.