Mar 13,2015

African Human Rights Body Warns World Bank on Its Proposals

**PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release** African human rights body warns the World Bank on proposals to reverse decades of advancement in protection of indigenous peoples’ rights LONDON, 12 March 2015: In February 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights met in Banj

Mar 02,2015

UN Forum on Indigenous Issues Raises Concerns on Draft World Bank Safeguards

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

Feb 04,2015 by Coalition

A Meeting for Human Rights

The Bank on Human Rights Coalition was launched in April 2014 to support global action to make sure that development finance institutions, such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank and other regional banks, respect, protect, and fulfil human rights. Since then, the Coalition has grow

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 sig

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 mere m

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 st

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 protection

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 its ap

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 reveal

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 demolitions w

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