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Human Rights Watch report documents reprisals against World Bank project critics

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22 July 2015

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15 July 2015

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Author: Human Rights Watch

This report describes how people in Cambodia, India, Uganda, Uzbekistan, and elsewhere have faced reprisals from governments and powerful companies for criticizing projects financed by the World Bank and the IFC. The World Bank’s own research has long found correlations between the extent and quality of public participation in projects and the success of development projects. But this report documents how in many cases, World Bank and IFC officials failed to respond meaningfully to abuses that make a mockery out of their own stated commitments to participation and accountability...Reprisals take a variety of forms. This report documents cases where project critics and concerned community members have been the target of threats, intimidation tactics, and baseless criminal charges... [Includes response from the World Bank, IFC, Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman; refers to Tehri Hydro Development Corporation & includes response from company; also refers to New Forest Company, Shukaku]

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Shukaku to respond - the company did not respond.

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15 July 2015

Interview with Human Rights Watch senior researcher on intl. financial institutions, Jessica Evans

Author: Institute for Human Rights and Business

Salil Tripathi of the Institute for Human Rights and Business spoke to Jessica Evans, the Washington-based senior researcher and advocate who has been working on international financial institutions (IFIs) at Human Rights Watch. She has investigated violations in which the World Bank and other IFIs have been implicated. In the conversation Evans talks about how widespread the practice is, whether the safeguards are effective or not, and what the World Bank Group can do in the wake of the emergence fo the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the BRICS Bank which China and other developing countries are in the process of developing.

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