Hearings & Briefings

World Bank Lending and Human Rights

Hearing Wednesday, April 09, 2014 2 PM HVC-210

This hearing will take place at 2 PM on 4/9/2014, in HVC-210.
The hearing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014
2 PM
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.
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

The hearing will be aired on House channel 17 and via ustream here:


James P. McGovern
TLHRC Co-Chair

Frank R. Wolf
TLHRC Co-Chair


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Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
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