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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

World Bank Lending and Human Rights

Date: 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 2:00pm
Location: 
HVC-210

Announcement

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on World Bank lending and human rights.

Although the World Bank has contributed to the advancement of human rights, it currently lacks procedures to track and measure such contribution. In the context of the Bank's unprecedented comprehensive review of its environmental and social safeguard policies and overall restructuring under the new leadership of President Jim Yong Kim, the hearing will examine how the Bank can be more effective in supporting human rights protections in its activities. Given the World Bank's considerable influence in the development community and its leadership among multilateral organizations, the hearing will also focus on the role of the United States in strengthening the consistency between Bank policy and U.S. law and policy.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, Co-Chair, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, Co-Chair, TLHRC

Witnesses

Panel I

  • Barney Frank, Former Member of Congress & Chair of House Financial Services Committee

Panel II

  • Arvind Ganesan, Director for Business and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch
  • Nadejda Ataeva, President, Association for Human Rights in Central Asia
  • Delphine Djiraibe, Human Rights Attorney, Chadian Association for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights
  • Felix Valentine, Coordinator, Land Defense Program, Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras

Arvind Ganesan: World Bank Lending and Human Rights [PDF] 
Nadejda Ataeva: World Bank Lending and Human Rights [PDF] 
Delphine Djiraibe: World Bank Lending and Human Rights [PDF] 
Felix Valentine: World Bank Lending and Human Rights [PDF] 

Transcript

Transcript [PDF] 

Video

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