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26 Apr 2021

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Indonesia: AIIB's statement in response to allegations of human rights violations in the Mandalika tourism project

'AIIB Statement on OHCHR Media Communication', 01 April 2021

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) takes note of the media communication issued by the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner–Special Procedures Branch (OHCHR) dated March 31, 2021 which quotes experts on the Mandalika tourism project and AIIB’s role in that project... AIIB takes allegations of human rights violations extremely seriously whether these be directly or indirectly related to the Bank’s operations. AIIB would like to reiterate that its operations are guided by the Bank's stringent Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) which integrates good international practice on environmental and social planning and management of risks and impacts into decision-making on, and preparation and implementation of AIIB-supported projects. Regarding complaints related to the implementation of the Mandalika tourism project, AIIB acted swiftly by commissioning an independent consultant to engage with a broad range of stakeholders including the project client (Indonesia Tourism Development Cooperation, ITDC), representatives from the local government, the contractor for the MotorGP, village heads, project-affected peoples and civil society representatives...