Draft indigenous peoples policy riddled with loopholes
News||2 February 2005|update 44|
Although the current revised draft policy has improved in terms of integrating some previous recommendations made by indigenous peoples, says UK NGO Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), it remains riddled with legal loopholes and ambiguous definitions.The previous draft policy on indigenous peoples failed to meet expectations of indigenous peoples and NGOs involved in the process. It was scrapped in 2002 (see Update 37). A number of key issues are not addressed, or dealt with only partially. Moreover the draft fails to incorporate key recommendations of the extractive industries review (EIR), and to directly address indigenous peoples' recommendations relating to international human rights law, free prior and informed consent and territorial rights.
FPP highlights a number of points not included in the draft that were part of indigenous peoples' submissions to the Bank. The organisation states that any credible and effective safeguard policy must contain mandatory provisions that:
FPP suggests that in order to achieve this the policy should:
The revised draft has been available for public comment since December 2004 and will be open until 28 February. It has been developed over the last six years and has involved consultations with indigenous peoplesí leaders, civil society and borrower governments.
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