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African civil society groups call for revisions to World Bank Environmental & Social Framework that robustly protects human rights

Civil society groups working with communities affected by World Bank-financed projects have called for a revision to the World Bank Environmental & Social Framework that ensures they uphold and ensure respect for human rights. They specifically called for World Bank not to "delegate" its due diligence responsibilities to the borrowers; strengthen protections against forced evictions; strengthen public participation and access to information; ensure access to effective remedy in case of violations; and ensure gender mainstreaming to ensure that projects impacts on women and girls are addressed.

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21 December 2015

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Author: African Law Foundation, Community Policing Partners & others

“Joint Civil Society Demands On The Proposed Revision On The World Bank’s Environmental & Social Framework (Esf)”

 We, the representatives of civil society working with World Bank project-affected communities and working at the intersection of human rights and development in Nigeria, at the close of our strategy meeting held on 17th December 2015 in Abuja, FCT, Nigeria do hereby adopt the following demands vis-à-vis the proposed revision to the World Bank Environmental & Social Framework (ESF).

 Our paramount concern is that the new framework fails to require respect for human rights or robust due diligence to ensure protection of human rights within World Bank-financed activities. We fear that, if adopted as is, the draft ESF will significantly increase development-related human rights violations.

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