Bharat Patel, General Secretary, Machimar Adhikar Sangharsh Sangathan, narrating the history of violations by the IFC, Tata Mundra Power Plant and Peoples’ Resistance to it. The MAAS filed a case in the US federal courts against the IFC and other International Financial Institutions. The US Supreme Court will hear the landmark case, first against IFIs, on October 31, 2018. He was speaking at the Symposium on India’s Engagements and Experiences with Accountability Mechanisms of Multilateral Development Banks, which was organised by the Working Group on International Financial Institutions.

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On October 31, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the landmark lawsuit, filed by the villagers of Mundra, challenging the absolute immunity of powerful institutions like the World Bank Group. The villagers are affected by the coal-fired Tata Mundra Ultra Mega Project, which was partially funded by the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank.

This will be the first time the US Supreme Court will address the scope of international organisations’ immunity.

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