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Jakarta Post

Asia-Pacific NGOs sue ADB through people's `tribunal'

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 3 2009   /  01:05 pm

Asia-Pacific NGOs are holding a two-day mock tribunal, with expert witnesses on debt, water, agriculture, gender, indigenous people and the environment to reveal the Asian Development Bank's "sins" through its loan program. Organizers said the main idea of the tribunal - organized outside the venue of the ADB's annual meeting - is to prove through testimony and documentary evidence that the ADB's projects and values are directly affecting people's lives and violating their rights. The mock tribunal began Saturday, with Indonesian urban poor activist Wardah Hafidz as the judge. The trial heard expert witnesses from countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Nepal. They stood under oath to share their testimony about ADB projects in their respective countries. Sonny Africa, head researcher at IBON Foundation in the Philippi...