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The challenges of mainstreaming human rights in the World Bank

Fujita, Sanae (2011) 'The challenges of mainstreaming human rights in the World Bank.' The International Journal of Human Rights, 15 (3). pp. 374-396. ISSN 1364-2987

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Abstract

The World Bank should mainstream human rights in its operation given the high level of influence it has on many people's lives. In spite of the Bank's tendency to avoid any involvement in human rights issues in the past, it has recently stated that it officially takes human rights into account in its work. This article pinpoints and examines obstacles toward the goal of human rights mainstreaming by the World Bank through the analysis of the Bank's reaction to its critics. Human rights are viewed by the Bank merely as ways and means to development and the Bank's human rights commitments cannot be taken literally. Thus, there is still a gap between its human rights goals and reality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: human rights mainstreaming; the World Bank; development; non-political character; international financial institutions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JZ International relations
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Human Rights Centre
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2013 11:32
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2013 11:32
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8555

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