HRW: Development aid linked to abuse
WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) — The World Bank needs to ensure its development initiatives complement efforts to address abuses worldwide, Human Rights Watch said from Washington.
Human Rights Watch published a 59-page report Monday highlighting issues related to World Bank programs and human rights abuses.
The advocacy organization said programs supported by the World Bank failed to address some of the human rights issues associated with developmental aid.
“The World Bank pays tens of billions of dollars every year to support development efforts around the world,” Jessica Evans, a Human Rights Watch advocate, said in a statement from Washington. “But it needs to stop undermining its efforts by making sure it isn’t contributing to human rights abuses.”
The rights group points to aid programs funded by the bank in Vietnam. Human Rights Watch said it’s been able to document cases of torture, forced labor and other abuses at a drug detention center supported by the World Bank.
Human Rights Watch said “in several cases” the bank hasn’t acknowledged many of the abuses associated with its development programs.
The bank’s board of directors are scheduled to convene Tuesday.