In 2016, Crude Accountability began its work in Azerbaijan to hold international financial institutions and western governments accountable for their actions in the country.
For the last decade, civil society and human rights defenders in Azerbaijan have experienced constant and increasing pressure. Lack of fair elections, omnipresent corruption, large-scale human rights violations, and the lack of an independent judiciary have become emblematic of the problems with domestic politics in Azerbaijan.
However, international financial institutions (IFIs) and western democracies continue to invest in the country’s vast hydrocarbon sector in the name of development, thus fueling these gross human rights violations and supporting the authoritarian regime.
The tightening of the screws on civil society in Azerbaijan restricts civic monitoring of these lending operations. Crude Accountability works to ensure that the IFIs comply with their own social and environmental due diligence and disclosure policies in making decisions about financing and implementation of projects. IFIs are also bound by public disclosure policies and those that ensure the public will benefit from projects that are financed with international public money.
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