Mar 09,2017

UN Human Rights Chief Denounces Human Rights Abuses Associated with Large Infrastructure Projects

In an op-ed published by the Miami Herald, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein calls attention to threats faced by human rights defenders who seek to ensure that infrastructure projects are conducted in a manner consistent with human rights obligations

Mar 08,2017

Honduran farmers file lawsuit against the International Finance Corporation

A group of farmers from Honduras’s Bajo Aguan region have filed suit against the International Finance Corporation, the private finance body of the World Bank. According to the plaintiffs, more than 100 people have been murdered in the Bajo Aguan region since 2009 as a result of conflict between

Feb 08,2017

US Appeals Court Hears Arguments on World Bank Immunity

The Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on Monday in Budha Ismail Jam v. International Finance Corporation, on whether the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) should have “absolute immunity” from lawsuits in the United States. Pla

Feb 02,2017

Global Witness Report Chronicles Dangers for Human Rights Defenders in Honduras

A new report released by Global Witness identifies Honduras as “the deadliest country in the world for environmental activism.” The report calls attention to international financial institution funding for projects that result in human rights violations for local communities a

Jan 24,2017

Frontline Defenders Report Highlights Risk to Human Rights Defenders in 2016

According to a report released this month by Frontline Defenders, more than 1000 human rights defenders were killed, harassed, detained, or subjected to smear campaigns and other violations in 2016. As Frontline Defenders highlights, many of these violations, including notably the murder in H

Jan 23,2017

Groups call for EBRD to reject an oil and gas project in Turkmenistan

Crude Accountability and civil society groups around the world are calling on the Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to reject financing for an oil and gas project in Turkmenistan. The $30 million loan to Circle Maritime Invest (CMI) for the CMI Offshore proj

Nov 10,2016

Assam workers demand action from World Bank and Tata

An investigation on Tata’s tea plantations in Assam, India vindicates the claims of Indian NGOs documenting the failure of the World Bank and Tata to uphold the fundamental rights of workers and their families. The Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) which holds the World Bank’s p

Oct 27,2016

UN Special Rapporteur released a new report on the state of environmental HRDs

This week Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, issued a shocking new report on environmental human rights defenders: “They spoke truth to power and were murdered in cold blood”. The report details the growing attacks on individuals and

Aug 11,2016

Cambodia: No Debt Relief to Railway Families

An article in Cambodia Daily details how the Asian Development Bank (ADB) continues to fall short in restoring the living standards of 1,000 families evicted as a result of a railway rehabilitation project. ADB’s independent accountability mechanism, the Compliance Review Panel (CRP), repo

Aug 04,2016

World Bank approves new safeguards

The World Bank recently approved its new social and environmental safeguard policy. However the new policy has been met with criticism by civil society for its ambiguity, lack of measures to prevent human rights abuses and increased reliance on borrowers’ laws and policies without clear safeg

Aug 01,2016

Cotton Campaign: Hold Uzbekistan Accountable

The Cotton Campaign, a global coalition of human rights and labor organizations, recently submitted a letter to the World Bank urging the institution to incentivize the Uzbekistan government to end its use of forced labor in the agriculture sector. During the cotton harvest season, the governme

Jul 27,2016

UN Expert: it’s time for development banks to start listening

In an opinion piece 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 ci

Jul 27,2016

Cautious optimism as NDB wraps up 1st Annual Meeting

Devex reported that the 1st Annual Meeting of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), held from July 20 to 21 in Shanghai, China, conclude on a positive note, leaving development professionals, civil society leaders, and bank officials optimistic about the potential for the NDB to finance green and

Jul 27,2016

Labor Confederation calls out World Bank on Labor Standards

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) called on the World Bank to adhere to ILO standards in its proposed new labor safeguard policy. While the inclusion of a labor safeguard within the World Bank’s social and environmental policy is marked as a positive development

Jul 25,2016

BRICS bank open to expand its membership

The Financial Review reported that in the culmination of BRICS’ National Development Bank (NDB) Annual Meeting held last July 21 – 22 in Shanghai China, the focus centered around expanding the scope of the Bank’s membership. According to NDB Vice – President and Chief R

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