AIIB’s Mandalika project in Indonesia force thousands to leave their homes “What can you do when they point guns at you?’’

A large-scale tourism project in Indonesia’s Lombok Island has become a nightmare for the coastal Indigenous Sasak communities. Hundreds of families have been forced by the government and armed security forces to leave their homes for temporary resettlements unfit to support their livelihoods, while others who stand up for their rights to land, a life… Continue reading AIIB’s Mandalika project in Indonesia force thousands to leave their homes “What can you do when they point guns at you?’’

Bosnia’s planned Tuzla 7 lignite plant on the rocks after state aid U-turn

The future of the planned 450 MW Tuzla 7 lignite plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina is again in doubt after the country’s State Aid Council revoked its decision to approve a public guarantee for a EUR 614 million loan from China Eximbank last week, four years after the Council’s initial clearance. 5 July 2022 The… Continue reading Bosnia’s planned Tuzla 7 lignite plant on the rocks after state aid U-turn

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Serbian villages filed a criminal complaint against China’s HBIS for severe pollution

Three Serbian villages and a civil society organization have filed a criminal complaint against the Chinese company HBIS. According to the organization Tvrdjava the steel production in Smederevo has been an “environmental catastrophe” since the Chinese investors arrived. In 2016 the Chinese company HBIS took over the operations of the Smederevo Steel mill, originally founded… Continue reading Serbian villages filed a criminal complaint against China’s HBIS for severe pollution

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Mještani ugroženi nakon što je kineski Zijin utrostručio proizvodnju u kombinatu bakra u Srbiji

U istočnoj Srbiji nalazi se Bor, jedan od najzagađenijih gradova u toj zemlji. Dok mještani demonstriraju zbog zagađenog vazduha i vode, kineska rudarska kompanija „Serbia Zijin Copper“ koja upravlja velikim rudarsko-metalurškim kompleksom proširuje rudarske radove bez potrebnih dozvola, saglasnosti mještana i transparentnog procesa.

As UN Again Condemns Mandalika Human Rights Violations, NGOs Demand End to AIIB Financing of Indonesian Tourism Project

The Coalition for Monitoring Indonesia’s Infrastructure Development and supporting NGOs today called on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) and the Indonesian Government to stop AIIB financing for the quarter-billion dollar Mandalika Urban Development and Tourism Project, following a communication from the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council.

Local residents at risk after China’s Zijin triples production at Serbian copper complex

Bor, in north-eastern Serbia, is one of the country’s most polluted cities. While citizens protest their toxic air and water, Chinese mining company Zijin, which runs the city’s large-scale copper mining and smelting complex, is expanding its operations without permits, local consent or transparency.

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Letter: World Bank Group finance involving Russia and Belarus

Another important issue with regard to the war on Ukraine: the World Bank Group’s finance involving Russia and Belarus. We support the efforts of CEE Bankwatch, Ukrainian NGO Ecoaction and Urgewald’s joint letter to WB Executive Directors, urging them to stop equity investments, trade finance and guarantees involving entities linked to Russia and Belarus.

China’s 2021 “international coal-exit’’ pledge: a transparency problem

Download briefing as pdf here March 2022 China’s pledge to stop building new coal-fired power plants abroad, announced during the UN General Assembly in September 2021 – and reiterated during a EU-China dialogue on climate in October 2021 – was met with enthusiasm. Yet, half a year later, little is known about the extent of… Continue reading China’s 2021 “international coal-exit’’ pledge: a transparency problem