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First Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Key problems and opportunities
Business reluctance to engage with human rights issues was a common theme during the First Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Across the region – which includes the Balkans and the Caucasus – representatives from governments, businesses and civil society expressed a general lack of willingness to work on business and human rights.
Evidence of meaningful implementation of the Gender Action Plan for European Reconstruction and Development Bank and Green Climate Fund’s Green Cities Framework has been not found.
Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP) used by Lydian international, the tax haven listed mining company, against journalists and civil society as it presses forward with the Amulsar gold mine in Armenia, whilst the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development has stood by silently.
On 27 January 2021 the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) expects its Board of Directors to approve a loan of USD 70 million to Indorama Agro for the development of the cotton farming sector in Uzbekistan.