Press Release: CSOs Urge AfDB to Promote the Interests of Ordinary Africans over Mega Investors at its Annual Meetings – Coalition for Human Rights in Development

Nov 18, 2020 by CHRD

On November 9, the Coalition for Human Right in Development members and partners (Accountability Counsel; Arabwatch Coalition; Buliisa Initiative for Rural Development Organization; Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies; Center for Financial Accountability; Earthrights Internation

Oct 08, 2020 by CHRD

Around the world, journalists, bloggers, medical workers, human rights defenders[1] and all those who are raising concerns for the inadequate response to the Covid-19 pandemic are under attack. In an attempt to silence their dissenting voices, they are being accused of spreading false informatio

Jun 26, 2020 by CHRD

The lush forests of the Sierra Madre mountain range, on the Philippine island of Luzon, have been home to the Dumagat-Remontados indigenous peoples for centuries. But their ancestral lands are now under threat. In this area, the Philippine government is planning to build the Kaliwa Dam[2], despite

May 13, 2020 by CHRD

The Coalition uncovered several trends on how COVID-19 measures are impacting frontline communities opposing internationally financed development projects. Using data provided by its community engagement partners and allies, the Coalition found common trends among communities from Asia

Mar 20, 2020 by CHRD

The Coalition for Human Right in Development members and partners submitted a position paper[3] to the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB) Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) Review team in line with the on-going review.  The AIIB requested submissions from civil society organi

Jan 29, 2020 by members

Coalition member Frontline Defenders released its Global Analysis 2019,  a report reviewing the state of the world for human rights defenders in 2019.  The report details the physical assaults, defamation campaigns, digital security threats, judicial harassment, and gendered attacks faced

Oct 22, 2019 by CHRD

Join us for a Webinar October 30 to discuss the report “Uncalculated Risks: Threats and attacks against human rights defenders and the role of development financiers”. This groundbreaking report[4] from the Defenders in Development Campaign[5] uses 25 case studies from around the globe

Oct 10, 2019 by members

Environmental activists at mercy of business at all costs – new report shows how investors must take action

Jun 04, 2019 by CHRD

From Colombia to Kenya, 25 cases of threats and attacks against human rights defenders reveal how development financiers can fuel abuses or help fight them
JUNE 4, 2019 – A new report from the Coalition for Human Rights in Development[6] and the Defenders in Development Campaign[7] reveals the ala

Jun 04, 2019 by CHRD

Together with the Defenders in Development Campaign, we launched today the new report “Uncalculated Risks: Threats and attacks against human rights defenders and the role of development financiers.” With 25 case studies from around the world, the report exposes the risks of megap

Mar 01, 2019 by members

The U.S. Supreme Court decided today that international organizations like the World Bank Group can be sued in U.S. courts for violating the human rights of local communities. Congratulations to the fishing and farming communities of Gujarat India, Machimar Adhikaar Sangharsh Sangathan fishe

Jan 21, 2019 by members

International Accountability Project (IAP) released a new set of community guides to help communities conduct their own research and in the process define their development priorities and aspirations. The “Community Action Guide on Community-Led Research[8]” set of 3 booklets provides clear an

Jan 10, 2019 by members

January 9, 2019. The President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, announced he is stepping down from his position this February 1, 2019 to take a position with Global Infrastructure Partners, a private investment firm that did extensive business with the Bank during Kim’s tenure.
In a b

Nov 12, 2018 by CHRD

Groups encourage development of robust protocols for implementation given growing threats
November 12, 2018 — Human rights groups and accountability organizations welcomed the International Finance Corporation’s recently released Position Statement on Retaliation Against Civil Socie[9]

Sep 06, 2018 by CHRD

Around the world, as megaprojects and investments are imposed on communities without their consent or consultation, those working to protect their lands and resources, fight corruption, and defend human rights are under increasing attack.

For this reason, the Coalition for Human Rights in

Sep 02,2018

UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli Corpuz[10]  just released a hard-hitting report on “the drastic increase in attacks and acts of violence against, criminalization of and threats aimed at indigenous peoples, particularly those arising in the context of large-scale projects involving extrac

Aug 10, 2018 by CHRD

This week as we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, communities affected by the Pojom II and San Andrés dams in the microregion of Ixquisis, Guatemala, filed a complaint with the independent accountability mechanism of the Inter-American Development Bank urging IDB Invest, the bank’s p

Jun 26,2018

200 groups gathered in Mumbai criticize Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as following same paradigm as traditional IFIs, promoting corporate globalisation and neoliberal economic reforms that benefit elite at the cost of the poor.
Read the complete Mumbai Resolution on Infrastruc

Mar 13, 2018 by members

A bipartisan group of senators and representatives introduced[11] the Better Utilization of Investment Leading to Development (BUILD) Act, which, if enacted, would create a new agency called the United States International Development Finance Corporation. The IDFC would absorb the Overseas Pri

Mar 01,2018

From February 28, 2018 to March 4, 2018 in Costa Rica, countries and civil society groups[12] are negotiating the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean, also known as LAC P10[13]. If adopted a

Jan 11,2018

Civil society representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean participating in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), held meetings from 28 to 30 November 2017 in Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic in the framework of the “EITI Regional Workshop in Latin

Jan 03, 2018 by CHRD

On December 22nd, the Coalition together with 30 organizations sent to the World Bank a joint submission with recommendations on the Bank’s Draft Guidance Notes[14] for borrowing countries regarding how to implement the Bank’s new Environmental and Social Framework.
The submission address

Dec 15, 2017 by CHRD

12-13 NOVEMBER 2017
This is a communiqué reflecting the outcomes of the Development and Investment in Africa Workshop held on 12-13 November 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa, and organized by the Coalition for Human Rights in Development together with African Coalition for

Dec 11, 2017 by CHRD

[This article was originally published online in July in Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales’ 2017 Environmental Report. It is being reposted here in honor of Human Rights Day]
Across Latin America and the world, governments and investors are pushing for a dramatic increase in

Nov 10,2017

A campaign aimed at reversing the dangerous rush to promote expensive and high-risk public-private partnerships (PPPs) was launched last 0ctober 11 by civil society organisations from all over the globe.
The campaign’s manifesto – launched during the World Bank and International Monet

Oct 30, 2017 by CHRD

A UN report[15] released last week (Oct. 25) highlights the growing attacks on human rights defenders in the context of business and investment activities, including development finance. “Through their financing and technical support, a complex range of public and private institutions continue t

Oct 23, 2017 by members

The Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) was established by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 2004 to address complaints made by any group of two or more people who have been harmed, or who are likely to be harmed, by a project funded by the AfDB Group.
The IRM was designed to make sure that the AfDB f

Sep 27, 2017 by CHRD

On September 26, 2017, the Coalition for Human Rights in Development co-hosted a ‘Demystifying Development Banks’ webinar with a special focus on Asia, where many countries have been shown to be among the most dangerous for human rights and environmental defenders who confront infrastructure

Sep 08,2017

According to Caio Borges, Prof. Karin Costa Vazquez and Supriya Roychoudhury, if question marks on the future of BRICS are repeatedly raised, the New Development Bank (NDB) is probably the most concrete avenue through which the grouping can deepen co-operation. The NDB’s stated commitment to su

Sep 08,2017

The ninth annual BRICS summit[16], was held last 3–5 September 2017 in Xiamen, China and was attended by the heads of state or heads of government of the five member states Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
In the BRICS Leaders Xiamen Declaration, BRICS leaders encouraged the NDB to fully le

Jul 10,2017

Two of the primary backers of the Agua Zarca hydropower dam project in Honduras have officially announced their exit from the project following years of campaigning by local indigenous groups and criticism from international civil society organizations.
In a press release issued on July 6[17], the D

Jul 07, 2017 by CHRD

Coalition Coordinator, Gretchen Gordon, recently participated in a webinar[18] hosted by the CIVICUS World Alliance[19] for the launch of their report, ‘State of Civil Society 2017[20].’ Gordon’s presentation[21], based on her guest essay[22] accompanying the report, focused on how the private sector is playing a

Jun 29, 2017 by members

The World Bank is providing cover for a government system of child labor and forced labor in Uzbekistan, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch[23] and the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights[24]. The report, “‘We Can’t Refuse to Pick Cotton’: Forced and Child Labor Linked to World Bank Group Inve[25]

Jun 14, 2017 by members

Representatives from 35 civil society organizations and community groups based in 11 countries in South and Southeast Asia participated in a workshop[26] on how individuals and communities harmed by development projects can seek recourse.

Mar 08, 2017 by CHRD

Read the full report: English[27] | Spanish[28] | French[29]
Partnering with Communities to Defend Human Rights

In 2016 the Coalition engaged in partnerships with communities around the world to connect community struggles with strategic resources and campaign support and to bring community expertis

Feb 14, 2017 by CHRD

This week 32 organizations called on the World Bank Board of Directors to urge them to ensure that the Bank takes all measures necessary to remedy harm caused to four Maasai villages displaced to make way for the Olkaria IV geothermal project in Kenya. The Kenya Electricity Expansion Project (KEEP)

Jan 24, 2017 by members

Communities affected by the Tanahu Hydropower Project, which includes damming the Seti river in Nepal, recently submitted a 26-point memorandum to Nepal’s Energy Minister, stressing concerns regarding the project’s impacts on their traditional lands and livelihoods and failure to co

Jan 19, 2017 by members

Another anti-dam activist has been murdered in Latin America.
On Tuesday, January 17, protestors led a peaceful demonstration against a hydroelectric plant in Guatemala. But the event ended in death after paramilitaries shot and killed 72-year-old activist Sebastian Alonso[30].
The march had ori

Dec 08, 2016 by CHRD

Global groups call for action to protect human rights in development
Ahead of Human Rights Day, December 10th, the Coalition for Human Rights in Development joins with over 50 civil society groups around the world to call on financial institutions, governments and businesses to stand up for human

Dec 02, 2016 by members

This month, 18 human rights and environmental organizations called on the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States’ development finance institution, to strengthen its human rights due diligence. OPIC is presently revising its social and environmental polic[31]

Nov 16, 2016 by CHRD

The Coalition for Human Rights in Development this week called on the Dutch Development Bank FMO to strengthen its commitment to human rights and to enact strong due diligence requirements to ensure that human rights are respected within FMO-financed activities.
FMO is presently revising its Su

Aug 23, 2016 by members

In a recent blog titled “World Bank Covers Up Human Rights Abuses in Nepal: Silencing Community Voices[32]“, the Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP[33]) together with Coalition member Accountability Counsel[34]  calls out the World Bank for ignori

Aug 08, 2016 by CHRD

On Thursday, the World Bank approved a new Environmental and Social Framework to replace its existing safeguard policies. Members of the Coalition for Human Rights in Development criticized the missed opportunity to adopt robust protections for the human rights of communities impacted by Bank

Jul 27,2016

In an opinion piece [35]in Foreign Policy magazine, Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, explains how the goal of sustainable development is under threat from growing restrictions on public participation in development and closing civ

Jul 25, 2016 by members

After a four year review process of the Environmental and Social Safeguards Policies of the World Bank, the World Bank Board approved the third, and probably final, draft of the new Environmental and Social Framework of the Bank. Last July 19, more than 50 organizations from 20 countries from the Gl

Jul 22, 2016 by members

As government officials from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa wrapped up proceedings in Shanghai for the first Annual Meeting of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), development and environmental groups from BRICS countries called for greater transparency and engagement with ci

Jul 21, 2016 by members

Environmental activists and civil society groups in Macedonia working to defend their rights in the face of harmful development projects financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other development banks, are increasingly threatened and harassed. In an article

Jul 12, 2016 by members

Coalition member Human Rights Watch reports that three human rights defenders have lodged a formal complaint against the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) regarding forced labor in the Uzbek cotton industry. The complaint demands an investigation of forced labor l

Jun 27,2016

The New York Times editorial board today called on the World Bank to “champion human rights” through its new safeguards policy framework presently under consideration by the Bank’s board of directors. The Times cited that despite the fact that the institution’s own re

Jun 23,2016

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists recently reported that the World Bank has chosen to waive their policy protections for indigenous peoples in a Tanzania investment project, despite serious impacts on indigenous peoples in the project area. The Southern Agricultura

Jun 21,2016

On June 16th, the Palestinian human rights organization, Al-Haq, urged the World Bank to explicitly address the need for human rights safeguards for investments in conflict-affected areas during the Bank’s ongoing safeguard policy reform process. The Bank has announced plans to increase inve

Jun 02, 2016 by members

Coalition member ESCR-Net is calling on leaders of OAS member states to address the financial crisis currently hindering the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ ability to operate as a key regional human rights mechanism. The crisis has already caused the IACHR to suspend its 159th and 16

Jun 01,2016

Honduran social movements and indigenous peoples organizations this week called on the World Bank to in light of persistent attacks on human rights defenders, suspend financing in Honduras “until there are minimally just and realistic conditions for indigenous and small farming

May 27, 2016 by members

Peruvian indigenous peoples association AIDESEP federation is calling on the Inter-American Development Bank to suspend land titling program which threatens to undermine indigenous land rights. The group has a complaint pending with the IDB’s independent accountability mechanism.

May 26, 2016 by members

African civil society groups, including Coalition member Lumière Synergie pour le Développement, called on the African Development Bank this week to increase its accountability and engagement with civil society and to embrace pro-poor investment strategies that support public sector servi

May 22,2016

May 20, 2016 – The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other top UN indigenous peoples experts sent a letter Friday to World Bank President Jim Kim and the Bank’s executive directors, challenging a proposal that would weaken protections for indigenou

May 11, 2016 by members

Coalition member Forest Peoples Programme has released a report on the impacts of deforestation and forest degradation on indigenous and local communities in the DRC, highlighting the human rights violations and socio-environmental impacts often caused by these activities. The report also c

May 10, 2016 by members

Coalition member Lumiere Synergie pour le Developpement (LSD) and Takkom Jerry Plyvalence Culturelle et Environmentale filed a complaint today to the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Dutch public investment Fund (FMO) and the West African Development Bank (BOAD)’s complaint mechanisms

May 04, 2016 by members

Peter Bosshard, interim ED of Coalition member International Rivers, explains how indigenous communities are particularly at risk of landgrabbing and face increasing repression, even death when standing up for their rights.
Read the article here[36].

Apr 25,2016

NDB project funding has been the subject of intrigue and concern among civil society organizations (CSOs) since the bank’s formal launch in Fortaleza, Brazil, in 2014. Yet news of these first ‘green’ loans has done little to ease their fears.
The problem, CSOs say, is that since the NDB still lacks a

Apr 12, 2016 by members

As government ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa gather in Washington, DC for the third board of governors meeting of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) April 13 and 14, civil society groups in BRICS countries appealed to their governments and NDB management to operate

Apr 05, 2016 by CHRD

While the World Bank’s motto is to “End Poverty” and promote sustainable development, too often Bank investments disregard the human rights and priorities of poor communities, leaving them worse off. As the World Bank prepares to host finance ministers from across the globe

Apr 04,2016

In a victory for indigenous and human rights activists, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) announced Friday the suspension of its financing of the Agua Zarca Dam. The Honduras dam project has been a focal point for international attention following the killing of h

Mar 30, 2016 by CHRD

In the face of rapidly shrinking civil society space and growing attacks on human rights and environmental defenders, sign this statement (English[37], French[38], Spanish[39], Arabic[40]) on the Responsibility of International Financial Institutions to Ensure Meaningful and Effective Participation and

Mar 29,2016

With the BRICS New Development Bank set to open its regional office in Johannesburg and approve its first set of projects for financing in the next weeks, South African civil society groups raise concerns about lack of transparency or consultation with potentially affected communities. The NDB h

Mar 16, 2016 by CHRD

The Coalition for Human Rights in Development submitted recommendations today urging the World Bank to amend its proposed Environmental and Social Framework to meaningfully address human rights. The submission addresses arguments that have been put forward against embracing human rights an

Mar 11,2016

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, called upon the Government of Honduras today to “ensure the safety and protection of Gustavo Castro Soto”, a Mexican human rights defender, and to facilitate his return to Mexico as soon as possible. Cast

Mar 09, 2016 by CHRD

Follow this action alert to tell FMO, Finnfund, CABEI, Voith and Siemens to immediately pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam and to not get involved in any other projects on the land of the indigenous Lenca people.[41].

Mar 05, 2016 by CHRD

The Coalition for Human Rights in Development expresses our deep sadness and outrage at the assassination this week of indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Cáceres. Berta was the coordinator and co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras, COPINH. She fought to d

Feb 25, 2016 by members

Fourty-eight African civil society organizations sent a letter to the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) last week calling for more space for civil society engagement and a reform of the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Forum. The groups expressed concern over shortcomings in t

Feb 15,2016

The World Bank consultation on proposed new social and environmental new safeguards will end one month from today. The Bretton Woods Observer reports how civil society organizations around the world have been calling on the Bank to adopt a strong framework for the protection of human rights.

Feb 06, 2016 by CHRD

The final consultation period for the World Bank’s revision of its social and environmental safeguard policies will end on March 15th, 2016. Comments on the proposed draft safeguards framework can be submitted until that date to[42].
You can find more inform

Feb 02, 2016 by CHRD

Yesterday, the U.S. Congress passed the Electrify Africa Act[43], promoting investment in access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. The Electrify Africa Act in part formalizes Power Africa [44]– a U.S.- led initiative to work with African governments, the World Bank, African Development Ba

Jan 29, 2016 by members

Amnesty International argues that the recently launched Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), led by China, should draw on the experience of other development banks and implement strong human rights standards. The group raises concerns that the Bank’s development of an Envir

Jan 28, 2016 by members

January 28, 2016 – African civil society organizations called on African governments and public and private financiers today to find socially and environmentally sustainable solutions to Africa’s energy needs. The statement, signed by groups from 10 countries, was issued to coi

Jan 04,2016

The Financial Times reports that the World Bank has taken the rare step of cancelling a $265m road project in Uganda amid allegations of mismanagement by the government and sexual abuse of minors by employees working for its contractors. At least nine school-age girls became pregnant. Read the Fin

Dec 17, 2015 by members

December 17, 2015 – Nigerian civil society organizations met in Abuja, FCT, Nigeria as the World Bank consults with the Nigerian government regarding a large-scale revision of the Bank’s social and environmental safeguard policies. The groups called on the Bank to adopt strong req

Dec 08, 2015 by members

Over 180 civil society organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean call on their governments to prevent a weakening of human rights and development standards at the World Bank. The World Bank is presently holding consultations with its member State governments on a proposed revision of it

Nov 30, 2015 by members

November 30, 2015: On the heels of the meeting of governors of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), civil society organizations from BRICS countries and countries that will likely be impacted by NDB projects called on the Bank to open a transparent and participative process for the development of

Oct 13, 2015 by CHRD

The World Bank doesn’t require that its projects respect human rights, and has thus far refused to adopt such a requirement.
Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and Elmer Campos travelled far from their families in rural Peru to attend the Annual Meeting of the World Bank, taking place in the capital city of Lima.

Oct 12, 2015 by members

Bank Information Center releases new informational video on the World Bank safeguards review. It is under 5 minutes long and meant to foster a general understanding of the review and its significance, and motivate people to send a note to their World Bank Director asking for the strongest possible

Sep 21,2015

In a report to the UN General Assembly, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, characterizes the World Bank as a “human rights-free zone” and criticizes the institution’s current approach to human rights as “incohere

Jun 19,2015

In 1999 residents of Hade, Kosovo were forced from their homes by Serbian commandos.They were able to return some time later and have been working tirelessly since then to rebuild their village and return to normal life. Now, they are being threatened to leave again, but this time the threat is comin

Jun 15,2015

UN Special Rapporteur finds that human rights are being entirely left out of the debate around extreme poverty and extreme inequality, even though the human rights framework is imperative in resolving these issues. The report criticizes the World Bank, IMF and UN for failing to follow up on any rec

Jun 15,2015

A report by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of assembly and association discusses the importance of freedom of speech within natural resource extraction projects. Concludes the following: rights of freedom of peaceful assembly and association are essential to fair work on extraction of na

Jun 05, 2015 by CHRD

Civil society groups around the globe call on the World Bank to hold robust in-country consultations on its proposed new safeguard policies. Read the letter here[45].

May 04, 2015 by members

24 April 2015
Secretary – General
Multilateral Interim Secretariat
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Re: Letter of Introduction from NGO Forum on ADB on AIIB Safeguard Standards
Dear Mr. Jin Liqun:
We are writing to you on behalf of a network of 250 civil society organizati

May 04, 2015 by members

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2015 
With 57 nations already on board the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as prospective founders, a 250-member strong civil society network made an appeal to the newly-formed bank to adopt robust safeguards in its principles, policies and operations.

Apr 14, 2015 by CHRD

International Coalition Warns: World Bank Driving Hazardous Development
WHAT:           Demonstration – Civil society groups encircle the World Bank in “Caution” tape, demanding strong human rights safeguards
WHEN:           Friday April 17, 10:00 – 11:30am

Mar 30, 2015 by CHRD

March 30, 2015-  The Bank on Human Rights Coalition issued the following submission to the staff and Directors of the World Bank as part of the Bank’s ongoing safeguards review:
Key Human Rights Concerns and Recommendations regarding the World Bank’s Proposed Social and Environmen[46]

Mar 02,2015

In a letter addressed to World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues notes that “important aspects of the Environmental and Social Policy in general and the associated Environmental and Social Standard on indigenous peoples in particula

Jan 31,2015

Dr. Jim Yong Kim,
President, World Bank
January 30, 2015
Dear Mr. President,
We are the Requesters, Anuak refugees and asylum seekers based in Kenya (Dadaab, Kakuma and Nairobi) and South Sudan (Gorom), who submitted a complaint to the World Bank Inspection Panel in September 2012. We have written

Dec 16,2014

28 UN Experts sent a letter to World Bank President Jim Kim, to express their concerns regarding the Bank’s proposed new social and environmental safeguards. The letter criticizes the Bank for avoiding meaningful incorporation of human rights protections. Read the letter here[47].

Dec 05,2014

From Scientific America, published on Monday, 1 December 2014.
For all the flack the U.N. climate talks have taken over the past 20 years, one major achievement will be on display as the next round of negotiations open in Peru today.
Climate change has been inextricably linked to social justice.

Nov 25, 2014 by CHRD

This letter, signed by 50 organizations, was sent today to World Bank President Jim Kim and Executive Directors detailing lack of notice and restrictive access to participation in ongoing safeguards consultations.
Thanks to all who contributed to the letter and signed on. Please help distribut

Oct 31,2014

In a recent speech at the World Bank, entitled “Rethinking the World Bank’s Approach to Human Rights,” Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, described how the World Bank “stands almost alone…in insisting that human rights are mere m

Oct 16, 2014 by CHRD

From October 10–12, 2014 the World Bank and International Monetary Fund held their joint Annual Meetings in Washington, D.C. Scores of activists, community leaders and civil society organisations from across the world participated in meetings, panels and actions to affirm the importance of st

Oct 11, 2014 by CHRD

For Immediate Release
World Bank Group: Proposed Policy a Setback for Rights
Development Cannot Succeed if it Harms Communities
(October 10, 2014 Washington, DC) – Draft World Bank policies under consideration at the bank’s meeting on October 10-12, 2014 would dangerously roll back protection

Sep 29,2014

From the Guardian, published on Monday 29 September 2014 09.36 EDT.
World Bank accuses itself of failing to protect Kenya forest dwellers
Leaked document says World Bank violated its own safeguards in dealings with Sengwer people evicted from their lands
A leaked copy of a World Bank investigatio

Aug 01,2014

By Narayan Lakshman
The World Bank hit back at a wide coalition of NGOs on Wednesday saying that it was in fact broadening environmental and community safeguards.
Fending off allegations that it was “watering down” environmental and community safeguards for its lending activities and possibl

Jul 30,2014

The following is an excerpt from an article published in the Hindu on July 30th, 2014.
World Bank rolling back safeguards: Leaked report
By Narayan Lakshman
The World Bank may be on the verge of rolling back a wide range of in-built environmental and community protections surrounding its developm

Jul 28, 2014 by CHRD

World Bank Safeguard Draft Rolls-Back Protections for People and the Environment 
Key Human Rights Concerns
The World Bank has repeatedly committed to producing a new safeguard framework that results in no-dilution of the existing safeguards and which reflects prevailing international sta

May 21, 2014 by CHRD

As the World Bank prepares to release a first draft of its new safeguard policies, Bank on Human Rights members sent a letter to Bank President Jim Kim, calling for a policy framework that ensures that development projects respect communities’ human rights.
Letter to World Bank[48]
Carta al Banc[49]


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