The World Bank's Impotent Human Rights Advocacy

The World Bank's Impotent Human Rights Advocacy

By: Gretchen Gordon and Pia Marchegiani

Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and Elmer Campos travelled far from their families in rural Peru to attend the Annual Meeting of the World Bank, taking place in the capital city of Lima. Their goal is to raise concerns regarding a mining company in which the World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation, is invested.

Gold mine risks “irreparable” damage to the environment in violation of World Bank standards, Peruvian human rights leader tells U.S. Congress

Gold mine risks “irreparable” damage to the environment in violation of World Bank standards, Peruvian human rights leader tells U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C., September 30, 2015—A proposed new gold mine in Peru poses great risks to human rights and the environment, a Peruvian human rights leader told members of Congress today, calling on the World Bank to put a stop to the project. The mine, proposed by a company in which the World Bank invests, would destroy four mountain lakes and hundreds of acres of wetlands that provide essential water resources, to create two massive open pits and waste dumps.