Peoples' tribunal to decide impact of World Bank's policies

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New Delhi, Sept 20 (UNI) An Independent People's Tribunal on World Bank would scrutinize World Bank's policies' impact on sectors and issues like water, economy, environment, health, women, human rights, education, reforms, democracy, debt, employment and government corruption from tomorrow to September 24.

A 15-member jury of eminent social activists like writer Arundhati Roy, Magsaysay Award winner Aruna Roy, former Supreme Court Judge PB Sawant and Amit Bhaduri would render judgments on the validity, utility and effectiveness of the World Bank policies and projects.

The jury would deliver its verdict as part of the world's biggest and most incisive People's Tribunal on World Bank's Policies and its impact on people to be held here at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

More than 150 National Organisations and 50 international organisations, NGOs, Institutions, People's Movement Groups would participate in the Tribunal.

More than 500 delegates from various countries. including academics, activists, lawyers, celebrities, authors, economists, thinkers and journalists would congregate under one umbrella and at one place for the first time ever on Indian soil.

This unique and significant event is happening at a time when people and experts from the world of international finance to the human rights community, feel that there is no longer a need for the World Bank.

The Tribunal is part of a political strategy aimed at awakening a silenced national debate over neo-liberalism and economic policies of the World Bank and such policies at large. Internationally, this Tribunal will create a critical dialogue at exactly the time the World Bank is being re-assessed from all quarters, including from within. Finally, it is a direct assault on one of the Bank's (and the elite's) most powerful tools: the monopoly of knowledge.

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