Nepal: High Voltage Transmission Line

Accountability Counsel, together with the Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP), is supporting communities in Sindhuli District who have been forcibly displaced by a World Bank-financed high-voltage transmission line. Nepali armed police forces have violently beaten and arrested peaceful protesters, and the World Bank has been complicit in a cover-up of those abuses.

Our Action 

Accountability Counsel supported the communities in their complaint to the World Bank Inspection Panel. The Panel’s investigation led to a 2015 report concluding that the Bank violated its own policies. We are continuing our advocacy, calling on the Bank to take responsibility not only for its own policy violations surrounding the Khimti-Dhalkebar transmission line, but also for its complicity in the human rights abuses of the Nepali government.

Our Impact

As of May 2017, our advocacy has resulted in a public record of the abuses and violations, and appointment of a professional facilitator to work with the affected communities and government of Nepal toward resolution of the community grievances. We continue to closely support Sindhuli communities through this last mile of their process to have their rights respected and protected.

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