Release of Contracting Out of Human Rights: The Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project
Article from: OGEL 3 (2005), in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
Statement of Peter Rosenblum, Professor, Columbia University Law School
September 7, 2005 - Many countries are engaged in a genuine struggle to improve human rights; others hardly need an excuse to violate them. Pressure to gain foreign investment in competition with other developing countries may frustrate the well intentioned and give new incentive to those who already have little interest in human rights. For several years before construction started on the Chad-Cameroon pipeline, the pressure was intense. The oil companies, the governments and the World Bank insisted that this project was the only hope, particularly for Chad, a country ...