[PDF] Re: World Bank Group Should Commit to Human Rights

Author: Center for Intl. Environmental Law, Amnesty Intl., Human Rights Watch, Published on: 8 November 2012

We write to congratulate you on your appointment as president of the World Bank Group (WBG)…We were pleased to hear…restoring the World Bank’s role in the international system is a priority for your future work. To achieve this…it will be essential to ensure that the WBG fully upholds human rights and acts consistently with international human rights law…[A] focus on poverty reduction should be accompanied by an emphasis on protecting the human rights of people living in poverty…WBG funded projects can lead to human rights violations…The current policies of the WBG and their implementation are not sufficient to prevent or address the adverse impact on human rights that lending may have. The diversification of lending instruments and activities supported by the WBG are governed by a patchwork of inconsistent and increasingly vague policies…We would welcome an opportunity to meet with you to continue this conversation.

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