• Whether it is an oil company that relies on abusive private security forces, a tech company that censors or spies on users at the behest of a repressive government, or a corrupt government that siphons off the wealth of its nation, businesses and other economic activities can have negative impacts on people’s rights. Human Rights Watch investigates these and other situations to expose the problems, hold institutions accountable, and develop standards to prevent these activities. This work has included research and advocacy on human rights problems caused by corruption in resource-rich countries such as Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Nigeria, and Burma.
  • Lower Brule Tribal Government Building.
    Millions of dollars in public funds are missing in the impoverished Lower Brule Sioux reservation. The Lower Brule Tribal Government should account for the missing public funds and abide by its own rules on openness.
  • Without Rules: A Failed Approach to Corporate Accountability

    By Christopher Albin-Lackey, senior researcher

    Some of the most powerful and sophisticated actors on the world stage are companies, not governments. In 2011 alone, oil and gas behemoth ExxonMobil generated revenues of US$467 billion—the size of Norway’s entire economy. Walmart, the world’s third-largest employer with more than 2 million workers, has a workforce that trails only the militaries of the United States and China in size.

    Many global businesses are run with consideration for the well-being of the people whose lives they touch. But others—whether through incompetence or by design—seriously harm the communities around them, their workers, and even the governments under which they work.

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  • Apr 15, 2015
  • Apr 15, 2015
    The World Bank’s action plan responding to an internal review on the bank’s resettlement practices does not address the serious failings the review found, 85 nongovernmental organizations and independent experts from 37 countries said in a letter to the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim.
  • Apr 14, 2015
    We write in response to the World Bank’s Involuntary Resettlement Portfolio Review, and the Action Plan intended to address the findings of the Review, both released last month. As you have recognized, the findings of the Portfolio Review are deeply troubling. They reveal fundamental failures in the Bank’s safeguards system and are a matter of urgent public concern.
  • Apr 13, 2015
    The trial on April 13, 2015, over the biggest mine disaster in Turkey’s history is a first step towards justice for the victims.
  • Apr 8, 2015
  • Apr 7, 2015
    Human Rights Watch welcomes the update and review of the World Bank’s safeguards, and sees this as an important, overdue opportunity for the World Bank to bring its own standards into line with international human rights law. This submission on the draft framework should be read together with Human Rights Watch’s detailed initial submission to the bank’s safeguards review, which remains relevant both in its recommendations and rationale for why human rights should be central for the World Bank.
  • Apr 6, 2015
    Draft legislation authorizing sweeping powers of digital surveillance is inconsistent with France’s international human rights commitments, Human Rights Watch said today. The bill, which has already won approval of the National Assembly’s Law Commission, would create a highly damaging model for other countries and should be reconsidered and revised, not rushed through the parliament.
  • Apr 2, 2015
    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank can contribute to the urgent socio-economic needs of people throughout the region, but only if member countries ensure its respect for rights.
  • Mar 27, 2015
    German apparel and footwear brands should promote workers’ rights in their global operations by publicly disclosing the factories producing their products.
  • Mar 25, 2015
    Burma’s government has failed to engage in meaningful public consultation on a draft investment law that could have a profound impact on human rights in the country.