From Colombia to Kenya, 25 cases of threats and attacks against human rights defenders.

Date: 8 July, 2019  | Organisation: Counter Balance  | Theme: 
  • Infrastructure
  • Natural resources

From Colombia to Kenya, 25 cases of threats and attacks against human rights defenders reveal how development financiers can fuel abuses or help fight them.

By Aleksandra Antonowicz-Cyglicka, Bankwatch
Excerpt from the 
Counter Balance website

new report from the Coalition for Human Rights in Development and the Defenders in Development Campaign reveals the alarming impact ill-planned investments in infrastructure, energy, and other development activities are having on the safety and wellbeing of human rights defenders around the world.

EU Development Days

The EU Development Days that took place in Brussels in June 2019 came with the strong message “Building a world which leaves no one behind”. But will EU development finance work in line with this slogan, or will it still fund projects without full control on their impact on the most vulnerable people?

One of the cases featuring in this report is the Mombasa-Mariakani Road Project in Kenya, monitored by Citizens for Financial Justice partners Counter Balance and Polish Green Network. This major road project is financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and other public lenders including the German KfW, the African Development Bank and the European Union via its African Infrastructure Trust Fund. The project has been under Counter Balance’s partners radar due to its human rights abuses.

Visit the Counter Balance website to find out more about the EIB-financed Mombasa-Mariakani Road Project.

Read the full report: Uncalculated risks –  threats and attacks against human rights defenders and the role of development financiers

Download the report

Photo: Violet Nabwango in her house, by K.Miekus