Statement | 31-07-2014
Trade Extraterritorial Obligations

World Bank Turns Its Back on Rights Protections for the Poor

Statement by civil society requires major revisions to World Bank’s Draft Safeguards

Civil society organisations around the world have issued a joint statement decrying  a leaked draft of the World Bank's proposed new policies that will impair people's human rights. 

The governing states to the World Bank carry human rights obligations (mostly extraterritorial obligations - ETOs) and the World Bank has to act in coherence with these obligations as underlined in the Maastricht ETO Principles

Despite earlier commitments by Bank President Jim Yong Kim that safeguards on land rights would be strengthened, the proposed changes in fact are retrogressive measures and violate human rights. The World Bank shrugs its shoulders on the destructive impacts of the mega-projects it is planning.

Read a press release on the statement

Read the civil society joint statement below
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