Azerbaijan: Crackdown on critics undermines sustainable development – Human Rights Watch letter to the European Investment Bank
Advocacy letter | 23 November, 2016 | Download PDF
In this letter, Human Rights Watch and Bankwatch highlight the ongoing repression of independent civil society in Azerbaijan and its impact on sustainable develpoment and urge the European Investment Bank to not provide financing for projects related to the country’s extractives sector such as the Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP).
Study | 18 November, 2016 | Download PDF
This report analyses how and if the European Investment Bank (EIB) is fulfilling its development role under the so-called External Lending Mandate (ELM) for the period 2014-2020. It sheds light on the more questionable quality and effectiveness of EIB operations and on the neglected areas of the bank’s performance outside Europe, such as transparency and access to information practices, its attitude towardstax evasion and tax dodging, human rights due diligence.
Briefing | 14 November, 2016 | Download PDF
Coal is the single biggest contributor to global climate change. But governments and investors planning new coal capacities have a range of flimsy arguments why coal would be the best or the only alternative. This briefing busts a number of myths surrounding coal, such as “coal is cheap”, “alleviates poverty” or “coal is clean”.
Study | 14 November, 2016 | Download PDF
This report reveals how and why promises for new jobs in south-east Europe’s coal sector are exaggerated. Hardly any coal operations across the region are economically viable, and as a result many coal workers, especially in the mines, are set to lose their jobs, even if the plans for countless new power plants materialise. Governments, coal workers and their wider communities need to work together towards a just transition.
Policy comments | 8 November, 2016 | Download PDF
We welcome the AIIB’s decision to open the Energy Issues Note for public comment and the disclosure of the draft document under ‘Operational Policies’ on its website. However, to date, it is not clear whether the final product – the AIIB’s Energy Secto