• 23 January 2014

    Complaint filed in the United States for adverse impacts of Buchanan Renewables

    Today, hundreds of Liberians, with assistance from civil society organizations Accountability Counsel and Green Advocates, filed a complaint with the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), one of the financiers of Buchanan Renewables’ operations in Liberia. Read full press release here.
  • 22 January 2014

    Liberians File Complaint Seeking Redress for Abusive U.S.-Funded Biomass Project: OPIC Petition launched

    Today, hundreds of Liberian farmers, charcoal producers and workers filed a complaint with the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation, demanding accountability for its funding of a biomass project that caused serious human rights, labor and environmental abuses, including sexual abuse by company employees of local women.  The affected Liberians call on the U.S. government to take responsibility for its role.  Demand accountability by signing this petition and learn more here.  Read our joint press release.
  • 3 December 2013

    Investigation Planned in Nepal on World Bank Violations of Indigenous Rights

    The World Bank Inspection Panel has recommended an investigation into human rights violations associated with construction of a high voltage transmission line in Nepal funded by the World Bank.  The investigation, and a commitment by the Bank to address issues on the ground in the meantime, is the result of an Accountability Counsel-supported complaint from communities in the Sindhuli District of Nepal.  More on this case is available here.
  • 3 December 2013

    Raising Voices, Demanding Justice

    In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we are pleased to announce our new brochure highlighting our work in communities around the world.
  • 13 November 2013

    Audit of Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi Mine in Mongolia Shows Failure to Adequately Protect Herders and the Environment

    Today, Accountability Counsel, OT Watch, and an international coalition of advocacy organizations delivered a review of Rio Tinto’s recently published audit and Operational Management Plans to the World Bank Board.
  • 28 October 2013

    Guest post: EBRD financed Ukrainian agribusiness causes local insecurities

    By Natalia Kolomiets, Bankwatch
    Environmental groups in Ukraine have highlighted the negative local impacts of one of the biggest agribusinesses in the country, MHP, that is in line to receive additional credit by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
  • 22 October 2013

    Human Rights, Environment, Labor and Development Justice Groups Join Together to Demand OPIC Accountability

    On October 18, 2013, Accountability Counsel and 25 organizations and individuals submitted joint comments to the OPIC Office of Accountability on the draft of their revised rules of procedure (also available in Spanish).  AFL-CIO, Amnesty International USA, Friends of the Earth US, Greenpeace, and Sierra Club are among the 25 organizations who endorsed Accountability Counsel’s letter.  More on the campaign to improve the OPIC OA can be found here.
  • 14 October 2013

    Natalie Fields Speaks at California State Bar Panel on the UN Guiding Principles and Accountability in the Extractive Industry

    On October 11, 2013, Accountability Counsel’s Executive Director, Natalie Fields, spoke at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California at a Panel on the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and how they have impacted accountability in the extractive industry.
  • 12 October 2013

    Complaint Filed in Mongolia Strategic Support Case

    Today, a group of nomadic Mongolian herders filed a complaint demanding just compensation for the impacts of Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in the South Gobi desert.  The complaint was filed with the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (“CAO”), the accountability mechanism for the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) and Multilateral Insurance Guarantee Agency (“MIGA”), both of which are considering supporting the project.  Read the joint press release and learn more on our Mongolia case page.
  • 3 October 2013

    IAMs and Civil Society Groups Hold Historic First Annual Meeting

    On September 27, 2013, Accountability Counsel co-hosted a Roundtable Meeting at the World Bank exploring the Promise of Remedy and Accountability with the staff of the world’s independent accountability mechanisms (IAMs).  Over 100 people attended the event that featured a lively conversation and a commitment to continued IAM-civil society dialogue around quickly moving accountability issues.
  • 3 October 2013

    Accountability Counsel is Joined by 20 Organizations in Comments to the Inter-American Development Bank

    On September 30, 2013, Accountability Counsel submitted comments to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) joined by 20 other civil society organizations with suggestions for improving the functioning of the IDB’s accountability office.  Background information and the comments in Spanish and English are available here.
  • 5 August 2013

    Accountability Policy Reviews are On at the IDB and OPIC

    Both the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) announced that they are accepting comments on their accountability policies.  We will be feeding our experience using these mechanisms into our comments about how these accountability offices can improve their transparency, accessibility, independence, and effectiveness.
  • 24 July 2013

    ICAR Urges President Obama to Prioritize Human Rights

    Today, Accountability Counsel, in partnership with ICAR members, urged President Obama to make implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights a priority.  Read the letter and about this Accountability Counsel initiative here.
  • 18 July 2013

    Breakdown in Process at World Bank Inspection Panel Comes at Cost to Malawians’ Access to Water

    On July 15, 2013, the Inspection Panel notified our Malawian clients that their complaint to the Panel regarding Bank policy violations in the creation and implementation of a water meter project would not be registered.  On July 17th we sent a letter to the Panel demanding reconsideration of that decision, which shows disregard for the Panel’s own rules.
  • 11 July 2013

    Summer 2013 Newsletter

    We are pleased to share our Summer 2013 Newsletter that covers our work in ten countries, policy advocacy around the accountability mechanisms, and organizational updates.
  • 10 July 2013

    Nepalese File Complaint to World Bank Regarding Human Rights Abuses

    Accountability Counsel filed a complaint to the World Bank Inspection Panel on July 10, 2013, on behalf of communities in the Sindhuli District of Nepal, raising concerns about human rights violations associated with construction of a planned high voltage transmission line funded by the World Bank.  Read more about this case here.
  • 10 July 2013

    Nepali Indigenous Groups File Complaint against World Bank Power Line Project

    Today, communities in Nepal filed a complaint with the World Bank, demanding accountability for a Bank-funded high-voltage transmission line slated to affect over 100,000 poor and marginalized indigenous villagers.
  • 5 July 2013

    Tea Plantation Workers in Assam, India, Demand End to Abuses

    Accountability Counsel supports tea plantation workers in Assam, India, who have filed a complaint to the World Bank Group’s accountability office, the CAO, regarding human rights abuses associated with the Bank’s investment in Tata/Tetley Tea.  Coercion and intimidation by the company continues, including harassment of workers who have voiced their complaints to the CAO.  Read more here.
  • 26 June 2013

    Comments on Shift/Mazars Human Rights Reporting Standards

    On May 29, 2013, Accountability Counsel authored Comments on the Shift Project/ Mazars’ Discussion Paper regarding Developing Global Standards for the Reporting and Assurance of Company Alignment with the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  Read our comments here.
  • 17 June 2013

    UK National Contact Point Accepts Human Rights Complaint re Phulbari Coal Mine in Bangladesh

    The UK OECD National Contact Point has accepted a complaint regarding human rights abuses associated with the Phulbari Coal Mine in Bangladesh.