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

Jun 19,2015

New Story: Refugees of Development

In 1999 residents of Hade, Kosovo were forced from their homes by Serbian commandos.They were able to return some time later and have been working tirelessly since then to rebuild their village and return to normal life. Now, they are being threatened to leave again, but this time the threat is comin

Jun 15,2015

UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights argues that Human Rights are critical in addressing Inequality

UN Special Rapporteur finds that human rights are being entirely left out of the debate around extreme poverty and extreme inequality, even though the human rights framework is imperative in resolving these issues. The report criticizes the World Bank, IMF and UN for failing to follow up on any rec

Jun 15,2015

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association 2015

A report by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of assembly and association discusses the importance of freedom of speech within natural resource extraction projects. Concludes the following: rights of freedom of peaceful assembly and association are essential to fair work on extraction of na

Jun 10,2015

World Bank’s Business-Lending Arm Backed Palm Oil Producer Amid Deadly Land War

This article by Sasha Chavkin details a plantation project financed by the International Finance Corporation mired in violent land conflict and exposes the dangerous gaps in the IFC’s risk assessment and management systems when it comes to human rights. Read the article here

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

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 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

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

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

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 possibl

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 developm

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