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BRIEF December 2, 2021

Inspection Panel to Release New Advisory Report, Host Discussion on Reprisals Against Those Involved in Complaints

The Inspection Panel on December 8 will host a virtual discussion on reprisals against those involved in complaints to independent accountability mechanisms.                                                                                                       

The discussion—which will be streamed live on YouTube at this link—will coincide with the publication of the seventh report in the Panel’s Emerging Lessons Series. The report—titled “Right to be Heard: Intimidation and Reprisals in World Bank Inspection Panel Complaints”—is based on the Panel’s expe¬rience and practice responding to allegations of reprisals since its inception nearly 30 years ago. 

The report will be available on the websites of the Inspection Panel and World Bank Accountability Mechanism on December 7. 

The December 8 discussion will run from 8-10 am US EST time. 

World Bank Executive Director Armando Manuel will moderate the discussion and Mary Lawlor, UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, will provide opening remarks. Panelists include Inspection Panel Member Ramanie Kunanayagam; Chad human right lawyer Delphine Djiraibe; Salil Tripathi, senior adviser for global issues at the Institute for Human Rights and Business; and Maninder Gill, director for environmental and social standards at the World Bank.