Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked the World Bank to review its support for Rwanda in the light of strong evidence of its “disregard of fundamental human rights”, including killings of civilians, sexual violence, forced recruitment of children and torture. In an early September open letter, HRW highlights the Rwandan military support for armed groups which have committed human rights violations in Congo, most recently the M23. HRW notes that the Bank has “avoided expressing public concern about the Rwandan government’s human rights violations”. It also asks the Bank to review its $300 million support package which includes demobilisation and reintegration projects, following evidence that former combatants have been re-recruited and sent to the Congo to support the M23.
5 September 2012
Review maintains inadequate and inconsistent approach to economic and gender inequality, as well as climate change.
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