Human rights

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Draft indigenous peoples policy riddled with loopholes

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. The current revised draft has improved in terms of integrating some previous recommendations made by indigenous peoples but it remains riddled with legal loopholes and ambiguous definitions

2 February 2005

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IFC-backed mine violates Guatemalan law

One person was killed and ten were injured when the Guatemalan police and military took action to disperse protesters blocking a convoy of mining equipment destined for an IFC-funded gold mine.

2 February 2005

Environment

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Italian bank dumps troubled World Bank Caspian pipeline

Italian bank pulls out of IFC-backed oil pipeline in the Caspian

2 February 2005

Environment

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West Africa gas pipeline approved

The World Bank's board of directors recently approved an investment guarantee for the US$590 million West Africa gas pipeline (WAGP)

26 January 2005

Environment

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Consultation extended for IFC safeguard review: doubts remain

World Bank environmental and social safeguard policies have long been a subject of contention. The Bank has now begun to shift from "explicit, mandatory policies, to which it can be held accountable, to flexible principles or national standards, permitting the investor and/or the borrowing government to determine the project's social and environmental requirements". This is illustrated most clearly by the on-going reviews of the IFC's Safeguard Policies and World Bank's Country Systems.

2 January 2005

Rights

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Groups attack World Bank standards

More than 200 civil society organisations and socially responsible investors called on the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, to protect the interests of the poorest and the public when setting rules governing global private investment

2 December 2004

Rights

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World Bank accountability: demand for reparations won't go away

In 1982 more than 400 Maya Ach

22 November 2004

Accountability

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Private sector safeguard review continues despite boycotts

Civil society organisations globally have stepped up their campaign against the International Finance Corporation's process to overhaul its safeguard policies.

15 November 2004

Rights

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Private sector safeguard review "fundamentally flawed"

Civil society organisations have expressed alarm at the process recently launched by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) - the World Bank Group's private sector lending arm- to overhaul its safeguard policies.

21 September 2004

Environment

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Board accepts management response to report on oil and mining

The management response to the Extractive Industries Review (EIR) - described by development and environment campaigners as "completely inadequate" - was accepted by the board of the World Bank at the beginning of August. The management response rejected calls in the review for a phase-out of support for oil and coal, made merely symbolic gestures towards increasing support for renewables, and watered down language on the rights of indigenous peoples to oversee extractive developments on their l

21 September 2004