Civil society calls on World Bank  &  IMF to react as People’s Global Conference events are disrupted

Author: International Accountability Project (USA), Published on: 17 October 2018

"Police Cancel Civil Society Events in Bali, Indonesia on the Sidelines of World Bank — IMF Annual Meetings", 15 Oct 2018

The International Accountability Project and NGO Forum on the Asian Development Bank denounce the reported actions taken by authorities in Indonesia to silence, threaten and intimidate members of civil society organizing events parallel to the 2018 World Bank — IMF Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia. Groups involved in the ‘People’s’ Global Conference against IMF and World Bank’ report that the police revoked permissions to hold events and pressured businesses to cancel reservations...In a seminar organized by the NGO Forum on ADB on 11 October 2018, the meeting was disrupted when local authorities demanded to verify the passports of the participants and withholding it for at least 2.5 hours... “The Forum strongly condemns this show of threat and intimidation by the Indonesian authorities. The surveillance and monitoring targeted at peaceful assemblies are clear signs of the continuing crackdown of CSOs and peoples’ movements raising their dissent on the harmful impacts of development financing.” state[d] Rayyan Hassan, Executive Director of NGO Forum on ADB... This crackdown on dissent is not unprecedented... We strongly urge the World Bank Group and IMF to publicly reaffirm commitments to the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and to honor their stated belief “that International Financing Institutions should uphold the highest standards regarding transparency and accountability.” ...

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