The World Bank’s proposed Chad-Cameroon pipeline project, the largest construction project in Sub-Saharan Africa, is scheduled to be presented to the World Bank’s board of directors on May 23, 2000. The State Department has documented numerous cases of human rights abuses committed by the governments of Chad and Cameroon. Less known is the fact that one of the private sector partners in this pipeline project, the U.S.-based Chevron Corporation, is charged with serious human rights abuses in neighboring Nigeria, including complicity in abuses and killings that took place in 1998 and 1999. This paper argues that the World Bank should discriminate in its financial investments against both state and non-state actors based on their human rights records.
Chevron’s alleged human rights abuses in the Niger Delta and involvement in the Chad-Cameroon pipeline consortium highlights the need for the World Bank to screen for human rights abuses when it makes loans or investments.