• HRW: WB fails to protect critics’ rights


    WASHINGTON: The World Bank remains too passive when client governments and businesses attack critics of its development projects, according to a Human Rights Watch report released on Monday.

    In the report, “At Your Own Risk: Reprisals against Critics of World Bank Group Projects”, HRW outlines cases in which it alleges the Washington-based development lender has failed to protect freedom of expression, assembly and association from threats by governments, and company employees and contractors.

    Contacted by AFP, the World Bank said the HRW report’s conclusions were flawed.

    “When allegations of reprisal are brought to our attention, we work, within the scope of our mandate, with appropriate parties to try to address them,” a Bank spokesman said in an email.



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