UN Human Rights Advocacy

Natalie Bridgeman Fields (center) speaks at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva in December 2012

Natalie Bridgeman Fields (center) speaks at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva in December 2012

Accountability Counsel works to promote accountability throughout United Nations agencies and through implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Our recent work has focused on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the formation of a new accountability office at the UN Development Program (UNDP).

Comments on Development Banks and the Rights to Free Assembly and Association

On July 25, 2014, Accountability Counsel submitted comments to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, detailing the impact of multilateral institutions on those rights. Our submission discusses the serious risk that inadequate human rights due diligence and lack of oversight during project implementation can cause development banks to fund and contribute to serious rights violations. Strong accountability mechanisms can play an important role in bringing bank-supported rights violations to light and providing access to remedy to affected communities.

Accountability Counsel is currently supporting communities in India and Nepal who are suffering from violations of their rights to peaceful assembly and association because of bank-financed projects.

Read more in our full submission here.

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