Sep 21, 2015

UN Expert: “the World Bank is a human rights-free zone”

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 “incoherent, counterproductive and unsustainable”. The report calls on the Bank to adopt a new approach to human rights, including mechanisms to support governments in incoporating human rights into development, and a due diligence policy to enable the Bank to adjust or reject projects that would otherwise lead to, or support, human rights violations. Read the full report here.