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Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C.

June 11, 2014
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ACTION: Delegation Urges Peruvian Embassy to Protect Human Rights Near Conga Mine

By Christine La Communications Intern On May 23, 2014, a small delegation representing 80 human rights, environmental, indigenous, and faith-based organizations delivered a joint statement to the Peruvian Embassy in Washington, DC, calling for protection and justice for the people … Continue reading

June 9, 2014
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Speaking Tour Brings Attention to Guatemala Mining Conflict and US’ Role

Tahoe Resource Inc.’s Escobal silver mine in the municipality of San Rafael Las Flores, southeastern Guatemala, is the subject of local opposition and ongoing legal processes. Community leaders have faced repression, criminalization, and violence for their efforts to promote consultation … Continue reading

my guide square

June 5, 2014
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We are all Forest Defenders: CIEL launches key rights tools for YOU to push for stronger international policy on REDD+

By Allie Silverman Staff Attorney, Climate & Energy Program When you work on international environmental law and policy issues as I do, it can sometimes be challenging to feel optimistic. However, I am pleased to share at least two reasons … Continue reading

June 2, 2014
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VIDEO: Tom Lantos Testimony on World Bank Lending & Human Rights, Part 2 of 2 (Chad & Honduras)

(This post is a continuation of the previous videos posted here.) Continuing the coverage of ongoing review of the World Bank’s environmental and social safeguard policies, CIEL presents the second installation of videos from the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission … Continue reading

June 2, 2014
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VIDEO: Tom Lantos Testimony on World Bank Lending & Human Rights, Part 1 of 2 (HRW & Uzbekistan)

As the World Bank evaluates its environmental and social safeguards, many civil society organizations from across the globe have criticized existing standards and provided recommendations to ensure human rights are respected in development finance. On April 9th of this year, … Continue reading

November 11, 2013
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By Jocelyn Medallo

The World Bank Group has a new Strategy, which outlines how it will tackle its two goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. As part of that Strategy, World Bank Group President Jim Kim highlighted the central role of the private sector in the Bank’s fight to end extreme poverty, saying that “engaging the private sector helps protect the interests of the poor.”

Private sector development is not a panacea to poverty. Without the necessary elements in place (for example, good governance, respect for human rights), private sector engagement can deepen the cycle of poverty. Ten years ago, the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline was one of Africa’s largest public-private development projects funded by a three-company oil consortium, the World Bank, and its private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation, with the promise that the oil revenue would be used to reduce poverty. (Read about the project here.) That promise, as predicted by the affected communities, was never fulfilled. Is this the kind of private sector project the new Strategy has in mind? Has the Bank already forgotten about the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline? Continue Reading →

Participants who work for Indepedant Accountability Mechanisms raise their hands at a recent event at the World Bank

October 15, 2013
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On the twentieth anniversary of the Inspection Panel

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big tree

June 4, 2013
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CIEL Is In Bonn! REDD+ Safeguards And Incentivizing Other Forest Benefits

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1″; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); Tweet // < ![CDATA[ !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // ]]> This week and next, … Continue reading