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Report: Status of implementation of UNGPs on Business and Human Rights in Europe & Central AsiaReport:

The progress in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) is uneven in Europe and Central Asia and challenged by ongoing socioeconomic, humanitarian, and conflict-related crises. The Scoping Study commissioned by UNDP Istanbul...

Briefing – Drying up: Tracking the environmental and human rights harms caused by hydropower in the Caucasus and Central Asia

Hydropower accounts for a huge portion of energy in Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan & Taijkistan and will play a crucial role in the energy transition. But human rights & environmental concerns threaten the sector’s sustainability.

SLAPPd: the Armenian activists fighting a mining multinational’s lawsuits

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.  

Digging in the shadows: Eastern Europe and Central Asia’s opaque extractives industry

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre analysed the human rights policies and performance of 30 extractives companies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with a focus on Armenia, Georgia, and Kazakhstan. In doing so, we aimed to draw attention to the major human rights risks and impacts within the region, as well as address the lack of information around business activities.

Harassed, hurt, and hungry: The fraught relationship between businesses and transgender people in Armenia

Businesses often contribute to the discrimination and disenfranchisement of transgender people in Armenia, and more broadly, in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Activist Lilit Martirosyan has faced violence and harassment, including from businesses, for her work advocating for trans rights.

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A breakthrough for human rights is needed after 30 years of the EBRD: Case Studies from Uzbekistan, Georgia, Armenia, and Bosnia

A breakthrough for human rights is needed after 30 years of the EBRD: Case Studies from Uzbekistan, Georgia, Armenia, and Bosnia

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) stands out among multilateral development banks with the commitment of its shareholding countries to the fundamental principles of democracy and respect for human rights. As the EBRD celebrates its 30th anniversary, it is a perfect moment to reflect on the Bank’s track record, human rights policy framework and operational approach.

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