Rights

Rights

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Annual meetings Prague 2000

NGO preparations are already underway for the World Bank’s 2000 annual meetings.

15 September 1999

Rights

News

Major Bank pollution prevention handbook out

After 5 years of preparation the World Bank and IFC have jointly published a Pollution Prevention and Abatement Handbook.

15 September 1999

Conditionality

News

Strikers in Colombia in protest at IMF and debt

In late August Colombian labour unions began an indefinite national strike in protest at the government’s political, social, and economic agenda and calling on the government to declare a moratorium on the payment of its internal and external debt.

15 September 1999

Rights

News

Call to halt aid after Timorese massacres

Massacres perpetrated and condoned by the Indonesian army have led to calls to halt World Bank and IMF aid programmes to Indonesia.

15 September 1999

Land

News

Oil-Palm Watch

Indonesian NGOs, concerned about the spread of oil palm plantations since the onslaught of the crisis, have formed “Sawat (Oil Palm) Watch”.

15 September 1999

Rights

News

UK committee criticises Bank and Fund over conflict roles

The UK International Development Select Committee of MPs has criticised the IMF and Bank for failing to raise concerns with the Rwandan government about the discrimination and intimidation of Tutsis prior to the civil war.

15 September 1999

Rights

News

Confronting Gender Inequities and Political Disempowerment

The Women’s Eyes campaign was launched by women’s movements and NGOs to monitor World Bank progress in bringing its lending operations in line with the Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women Beijing Women’s Summit in 1995.

25 June 1999

Rights

News

Poverty project endangers Tibetans

In early June the World Bank rushed to defend the proposed China Western Poverty Project from charges that it would disrupt the lives of ethnic Tibetans and had undergone too limited environmental scrutiny.

15 June 1999

Rights

News

IMF transparency improved

The IMF has outlined a new information policy.

15 June 1999

Environment

News

New report on problems with forest policy reform

The World Rainforest Movement and Environmental Defense Fund have produced a briefing on the World Bank’s Forest Policy Review and Strategy Development process.

15 June 1999