• 3 April 2012

    Our Spring 2012 Newsletter is now available!

    Download our Spring 2012 Newsletter to hear updates from our work around the world, including in Peru, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Panama and India, and our policy work to improve accountability mechanisms at the US Department of State and three other offices.  Please contact us to receive our bi-annual Newsletter via email.
  • 31 January 2012

    Accountability Counsel Begins Work on State Department Advisory Board

    After two years of advocacy by Accountability Counsel and partners, the U.S. Department of State has agreed to form a Stakeholder Advisory Board to “provide recommendations … on implementation of the OECD Guidelines, including their public promotion, collaboration between the U.S. National Contact Point and stakeholders to anticipate and address future challenges in a proactive manner, and the operations of the U.S. NCP. The SAB is comprised of leaders from business, labor, civil society, and academia.”
  • 20 December 2011

    World Bank Inspection Panel Confirms Violations of Social and Environmental Policies in Papua New Guinea

    On December 19, 2011, the Inspection Panel released its Investigation Report, confirming violations of the Bank’s policies and announcing the Board’s approval of an action plan to require steps to bring the project into compliance!  This news comes after two years of Accountability Counsel’s work to support smallholders in Papua New Guinea working to hold the World Bank accountable for this poorly designed and implemented project.  Read more about our Papua New Guinea case page here.
  • 16 November 2011

    Communities in Mexico Reject Cerro de Oro Hydroelectric Project

    Read about the historic conclusion to the dispute-resolution phase of our case involving the US Government’s OPIC Office of Accountability!  On November 14th the communities announced their decision and the case has now moved to an audit of OPIC’s compliance with its own policies and procedures.
  • 7 November 2011

    Papua New Guinea Case Nearing Board Vote

    Accountability Counsel and CELCOR released a report, The World Bank’s Duty in PNG, which highlights the ongoing concerns of smallholders in Project-affected areas and the responses still required by the World Bank to bring the Project into compliance with its own policies, along with a detailed critique of the Effluent Study that the Bank released many years late in July 2011.  We presented the report to the Bank’s Board of Directors, and the Board will vote regarding next steps on December 13, 2011.   Read more about our Papua New Guinea case page here.
  • 3 October 2011

    Accountability Counsel Welcomes Sarah Singh!

    We are pleased to welcome attorney Sarah Singh to our staff!
  • 30 September 2011

    Accountability Counsel Comments on the World Bank’s Planned P4R Initiative

    Learn more about the risks to the Inspection Panel and read our comments here.
  • 12 September 2011

    Peruvian Government Commission Confirms Maple’s Contamination of Indigenous Villages

    On September 8, 2011, a multi-sectoral commission of Peruvian Government Vice-Ministers signed an agreement with the indigenous communities Nuevo Sucre and Canaán confirming the negative impacts of Maple Energy/ Maple Gas operations on Shipibo territories.  Read the press release.  At their request, Accountability Counsel is providing support to the communities during these meetings.  More about this case.
  • 15 August 2011

    Communities in Peru End Dialogue with Maple Energy

    The Shipibo villages we represent in the Peruvian Amazon decided on August 11, 2011 to end negotiations with Maple Energy.  The communities made the decision after Maple failed to take responsibility for the health and environmental consequences of at least six oil spills on their territory in three years.  Read the press release (Spanish version) and see our Peru case page.
  • 15 August 2011

    Indigenous Amazonian Communities in Peru End Negotiations With Maple Energy Over Six Oil Spills

    Two indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon ended mediated negotiations regarding the harmful effects of six oil spills in their territories with Maple Gas Corporation del Peru SRL. Maple Gas is a majority owned subsidiary of Maple Energy plc (MPLE), a company registered in Ireland. Community leaders cite Maple’s lack…
  • 25 July 2011

    Accountability Resource Guide Updated

    The Guide contains updated sections on the Inter-American, African and Brazilian Development Banks, among others.  Please see our Resource Guide page for more information.
  • 11 July 2011

    Maple Energy Responsible for Another Spill in the Shipibo Village of Nuevo Sucre

    On July 10, 2011, children bathing in a creek observed a spill while the community was in mourning over the death of Luis Saldaña, see below.  The company had men from Nuevo Sucre clean up the spill with no training, protective gear, or information about the impacts of exposure to crude oil.  Women and children continued to use the water during the spill.  Despite our complaint to the CAO about the same atrocities in 2009, Maple provided no food or water to the community members who rely on the waterway for their survival.  Read more on our Peru case page.
  • 8 July 2011

    In Memoriam

    We mourn the loss of our client Luis Saldaña, who passed away on July 7, 2011 in the Shipibo village of Nuevo Sucre in the Peruvian Amazon.  Luis suffered greatly in the past few years from the impacts of oil contamination on his land.  We will continue to fight for accountability on behalf of Luis and his people.
  • 12 March 2011

    Construction on Cerro de Oro Project in Mexico Suspended, Historic Agreement Reached

    On March 11, 2011, the company and the communities reached an agreement that places the future of the project in the communities’ hands.  See the agreement (English version).
  • 1 February 2011

    World Bank Inspection Panel Attacked, But Defended

    In late January 2011, the World Bank’s Board met to discuss Inspection Panel reports in three cases.  The Chinese Executive Director to the World Bank requested that the Bank’s General Counsel intervene in the cases, significantly challenging the Panel’s independence.  Accountability Counsel and colleagues worked to ensure that the Board vote maintained the Panel’s key independent role – and succeeded.  This was a reminder of the vigilance required by civil society to keep accountability mechanisms strong for the communities who need them.
  • 27 January 2011

    Mexican Lawmakers Call for the Immediate Suspension of the Cerro de Oro Hydroelectric Project

    On Wednesday, Mexican lawmakers called upon the State Governor of Oaxaca to suspend the Cerro de Oro Hydroelectric Project. The call comes in support of indigenous communities in the Project area who filed a complaint to a U.S. government agency financing the Project based on concerns about the Project’s impacts…
  • 30 November 2010

    Complaint Seeks Accountability for Human Rights Violations by U.S.-Supported Hydroelectric Project in Oaxaca, Mexico

    Today, Mexican villagers filed a complaint to prevent contamination of their drinking water and fishing areas, and other threats to their livelihoods and culture from a U.S.-backed hydroelectric project. Located in Oaxaca, Mexico, the project is financed by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a U.S. government agency. The project…
  • 6 November 2010

    Accountability Counsel submitted comments to the State Department

    Our comments ask for key reforms to the U.S. National Contact Point.  Read more about the US NCP here.
  • 20 September 2010

    Panel Papua New Guinea Complaint Moves Forward

    In early September 2010, the World Bank Inspection Panel visited PNG to conduct a formal investigation of the complaint. Accountability Counsel and PNG-based CELCOR traveled to Oro Province to accompany claimants in meetings with the Panel.  Read more about our case in Papua New Guinea here.
  • 16 July 2010

    Paper on Banking and Human Rights to UN Special Rep. for Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie

    On July 15th, 2010, BankTrack submitted a paper written by Accountability Counsel’s Natalie Bridgeman Fields on a proposed human rights policy for private sector banks.