Nov 30,2015 by members

Groups Call on BRICS Bank to Engage with Civil Society

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

Nov 16,2015 by Coalition

Why Development Finance matters for Business and Human Rights

As the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights opens today in Geneva, the Coalition for Human Rights in Development and the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable today released a new factsheet: 10 reasons why development finance matters for business and human rights. For groups worki

Oct 23,2015 by Coalition

Groups Urge the AIIB to Hold a Real Consultation on its Draft Policies

Members and allies of the Coalition for Human Rights in Development sent a letter today to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank criticizing the institution’s consultation process for its new social and environmental framework. The letter cites that the English-only, online consul

Oct 13,2015 by Coalition

For World Bank, Ignorance is Bliss

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

New Video about World Bank

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

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 “incohere

Sep 21,2015 by Coalition

We Need Your Input for a New Human Rights Analysis Tool!

The Coalition is creating a Risk and Opportunities Analysis Tool to identify human rights risks and opportunities associated with development projects. And we want your input! The draft set of Standards and Indicator Questions that will drive the tool are now available for comment. Find out more

Sep 17,2015

World Bank Fails To Stop Attacks, Arrests Of Villagers Protesting Big Projects

Huffington Post: An investigation found that since 2004, projects financed by the World Bank have displaced an estimated 3.4 million people. When the populations affected by these development projects protest, they are often subject to arrest, violence, and intimidation. While the World Ban

Sep 15,2015

Groups Criticize AIIB’s Opaque Consultation Process

Civil society groups around the world raise concerns that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is needlessly fast-tracking the development of its safeguard policy, prohibiting meaningful consultation. A strong policy is critical for ensuring communities and the environment are

Sep 15,2015 by Coalition

Questioning Development Finance

Right now, your government is likely making important decisions related to development finance. Whether it’s the establishment of new institutions like the BRICS New Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or policy developments like the revision of the World BankR

Aug 27,2015 by members

Nepali Communities Seek Justice for Violations in World Bank Project

Kathmandu, Nepal, July 14, 2015 – Last week an independent investigation revealed serious abuses in a World Bank-funded transmission line project in central Nepal. The Khimti-Dhalkebar transmission line runs through indigenous and rural communities, who have been raising concerns about the

Aug 27,2015

A New Development Model for the BRICS New Development Bank

by Gretchen Gordon and Deepika Padmanabhan. The blog examines the outlook for the recently launched BRICS New Development Bank and efforts by communities and civil society groups to forge a new model of development that respects human rights. You can read the blog on RightingFinance here: http:

Aug 27,2015 by Coalition

UN Expert Calls for Indigenous Peoples as Partners in Development

On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz delivered a statement on the state of the world’s indigenous rights movement. She stated that “increasing foreign investments coming into many countri

Jul 15,2015 by Coalition

Communities take IFC to court

In 2013, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – funded 4,150 MW coal-fired Tata Mundra power project began operating in the Kutch region of Gujarat, India. Although the stated goal of the project was poverty reduction and development, it instead has had severely detrimental effects on th

Jul 07,2015

UN Expert: BRICS Bank and AIIB Should Incorporate Human Rights

The United Nations Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, today urged the Government of China to fully incorporate the UN human rights Guiding Principles on business and foreign debt into its foreign lending and financial assistance, including the BRICS Ne

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