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UK ministers urged to clarify position on Baku-Ceyhan pipeline

Following a visit to the UK by activists from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey UK groups have sent relevant UK ministers a memorandum outlining 10 sets of issues, including assessment, consultation and compensation as well as corruption, debt and legal issues. They are demanding a response before the IFC takes a decision to move the project into its decision-making cycle (posted 18 Nov. 02).

26 November 2002

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Human rights: little progress

The Bank is taking a softly-softly approach to human rights despite announcements earlier in the year that it wanted to clarify its position.

26 November 2002

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UN report urges greater IMF and WB accountability

The United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report 2002 has called for more democracy and accountability of international financial institutions.

17 September 2002

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The World Bank at the World Summit: Green, Marxist or unchanged?

The World Bank has been very active at the Johannesburg summit.

17 September 2002

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Turkish oil project raises human rights, governance concerns

An agreement between oil multinationals and the government of Turkey for an IFC-backed pipeline exempts the companies from obligations under Turkish law that may threaten the project’s profits, including environmental, social and human rights legislation.

17 September 2002

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Bank inspectors find fault with Chad Cameroon pipeline project

The Bank’s own Inspection Panel has backed many of the complaints by non-governmental organizations about a major oil pipeline in West Africa.

17 September 2002

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IFIs must respect human rights

The World Bank and the IMF are bound by obligations enshrined in international human rights covenants, and must incorporate human rights considerations in the formulation and review of their Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs).

2 November 2001

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Nigerians condemn IFC collaboration with Shell

IFC plans for a joint project with the Shell oil company in Nigeria have been condemned by Niger Delta-based community organisations and international human rights groups.

18 June 2001

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Human rights abuses in Indonesia

In a letter to Bank President, James Wolfensohn, the Japanese Network for Indonesian Democracy, called for the Indonesian Consultative Group meeting, scheduled for 17-18th October in Japan, to be postponed until the human rights situation improved.

26 October 2000

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Human Rights and Human Development

The United Nations Development Programmes annual Human Development Report, released in June, treats human rights as essential for development and sees development as a means to realize human rights.

11 August 2000