Jan 31,2015

An Open Letter from Anuak Ethiopian Refugees to the World Bank President

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

UN Experts Express Concerns over Proposed Safeguards

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.

Dec 15,2014 by members

Human Rights Day Action Alert

In honor of the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Center for International Environmental Law is sending a message to World Bank President Kim, urging the Bank to respect and protect human rights in its lending. Will you join us?  Please take a minute to si

Dec 05,2014

Global Climate Talks Open with Push for Human Rights

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. The

Nov 25,2014 by Coalition

Statement on Obstacles to Participation in World Bank Safeguards Consultations

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

UN Poverty Expert Calls Out World Bank

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 mer

Oct 16,2014 by Coalition

The Annual Meetings: A Week in Review

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

Oct 11,2014 by Coalition

World Bank Annual Press Release

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 protec

Sep 29,2014

World Bank Accuses itself of Failing to Protect Kenya Forest Dwellers

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

Sep 20,2014 by members

Amnesty Statement on Inspection Panel

Statement and briefing issued by Amnesty International on Inspection Panel’s Pilot Approach to Early Solutions and its application in Badia East, Lagos, Nigeria Published on September 2nd, 2014.  World Bank: Investigate Inspection Panel’s Pilot Approach to Early Solutions and i

Aug 24,2014 by members

New Study Released on BNDES

Conectas today published a detailed study on the rules and standards of transparency, accountability to society and socio-environmental impact assessment mechanisms of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), the country’s leading development financing institution. The report r

Aug 19,2014 by members

Report on Forced Evictions in Lagos

Amnesty International released a report today on forced evictions in the Badia East community of Lagos, Nigeria. In February 2013, the Lagos state government, with the support of heavily armed police, demolished at least 266 structures that served as homes and businesses. The demoliti

Aug 14,2014 by members

Bad Example

A statement from Bank on Human Rights Coalition member, Conectas Direitos Humanos.  New World Bank Framework Rolls Back Human Rights Protections The World Bank is poised to ease its requirements and roll back the protection for populations affected by large projects and public policies. The

Aug 01,2014

World Bank denies safeguards compromised

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 p

Jul 30,2014

World Bank rolling back safeguards

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 develop

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