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World Bank's new policy framework ignores human rights - Human Rights Watch

Author: Human Rights Watch (USA), Published on: 22 July 2016

"World Bank: Human Rights All But Absent in New Policy - Bank's Management a Key Obstacle", 21 July 2016

The World Bank has refused to acknowledge its human rights obligations in its new policy framework, Human Rights Watch said today. The bank’s third, and most likely final, draft of its new environmental and social framework, published on July 20, 2016, does not require the bank to respect human rights. Instead, it only references human rights in its non-binding “vision” statement...

“In refusing to acknowledge its rights obligations once again, the World Bank anticipates it will be able to violate human rights without consequence,” said Jessica Evans, senior international financial institutions researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Rather than using this review of key environment and social policies to advance human rights and cement its role as a leader in development, the World Bank has done the opposite.”

Sources inside the World Bank told Human Rights Watch that World Bank management opposed language that would require the bank itself to respect human rights throughout its operations... China, an increasingly influential World Bank shareholder, was the primary opponent of binding human rights requirements... Other key shareholders, including several European governments and the United States, have pushed for human rights requirements.

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