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4 Jul 2016

Bretton Woods Project

Honduras: Civil society criticizes “false choice between rights & development" suggested by World Bank president's speech

 “Calls for the World Bank to suspend funding to Honduras amid continued human rights concerns”, 29 de Jun 2016

Civil society responds to World Bank president Jim Yong Kim statement on human rights abuses and displacement by calls for the World Bank to suspend funding to Honduras amid continued human rights concerns. In an April speech addressing the issue of environmental and human rights abuses and displacements resulting from large dam projects, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim stated “[y]ou cannot do the kind of work we are trying to do and not have some of these incidents happen”. Over 300 civil society organisations (CSOs) and individuals responded with a letter to Bank President Kim in mid-May, rejecting his statement and calling for an apology…In a May blog on Business & Human Rights Resource Centre Natalie Bridgeman Fields and Siddharth Mohansingh Akali, from Accountability Counsel noted that “Rights abuses are often a choice to contravene the Bank’s own environmental and social safeguard policies and accountability frameworks. President Kim’s statements appear to condone this false choice between rights and development”…