World Bank Covers Up Human Rights Abuses in Nepal: Silencing Community Voices

Construction being pushed forward under the presence of the armed police force

Legitimizing manufactured consent

In its report, Management unequivocally states that “[i]n April 2016, the affected community in Sindhuli agreed with the Chief District Officer (CDO) that the [NEA] could resume the construction work for the disputed section of the [KDTL].” Based on the information Management has received, this statement is indefensible.

Protest outside CDO office in Sindhuli on April 17, 2016

Misrepresenting the July 2016 protest

In addressing protests that occurred in July 2016, Management states in its report that, “despite the [April 2016] agreement with the CDO, some local community members protested at the construction site against the project construction, for reasons that are unclear.” It is curious that the Bank is claiming ignorance about the reasons for the protest since the communities’ concerns with the project are abundantly clear and have been repeatedly shared with Management for almost a decade: the community is opposed to the manner of implementation of the KDTL project, and the lack of consultation and information sharing. This is why community members have been asking for a facilitated dialogue to address their concerns about project impacts — especially health impacts — and project implementation.

Misrepresenting the facilitated dialogue

Although, the Bank and the communities have been privately making progress toward an independently-facilitated dialogue, the Bank has misrepresented this in its report. In private conversations, the Bank has agreed that the facilitated dialogue should involve a discussion of the project’s impacts, including on health and safety, other community concerns, and potential solutions. However, in its report, the Bank has narrowed the purpose of the dialogue to discussing the Vulnerable Community Development Plan and benefits sharing with community members.

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