Displeased With Venue Choice, ADB Watchdog to Boycott Bank's Annual Meeting

The NGO Forum on ADB has no plans to participate in the Asian Development Bank’s annual meeting in the Uzbek capital city, Tashkent.

The group, which involves 250 Asia-based non-governmental organizations, announced its boycott of the 43rd ADB annual meeting in a news release April 28.

Avilash Roul, executive director of the forum, said the decision to hold the event in Tashkent “is not only non-transparent but also endorsing suppression of human rights and people’s freedom of expression,” citing the government’s poor human rights record.

Parviz Umarov of the Center for Development of Civil Society in Tajikistan said the lack of vibrant civil society groups in Uzbekistan will make it “impossible to hold public opinion” during or at the sidelines of the annual meeting.

About the author

  • Photo33390

    Eliza Villarino

    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.