Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a multi-billion dollar project with dozens of partner nations worldwide. While many numbers on the reach and scope of the initiative are artificially inflated, there are constant reports of human rights abuses in Belt and Road projects. The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has compiled these allegations in a new study. According to the study, from the launch of the BRI (2013) to the end of 2020, the NGO registered 679 publicly available information on allegations of human rights violations. These include land conflicts, destruction of livelihoods, environmental pollution, labor rights violations and the use of violence. The report is based on research by local and international NGOs and media reports.
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