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World Bank launches review of social, environmental safeguards

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WASHINGTON - The World Bank has begun a highly anticipated reappraisal of its social and environmental “safeguards” policies.
The eight broad policies guide certain World Bank investments dealing with complex issues relating to indigenous peoples, involuntary resettlement, natural habitats and cultural resources.

Human rights are not specifically mentioned in the policies, the banks' position being that these are political rather than development issues. But critics point to the link between rights and poverty.

Human Rights Watch researcher, Jessica Evans, says development aid is often denied to the most marginalised including ethnic minorities, people with certain political opinions or those with disabilities.

She says it is high time the bank actively addressed this by introducing a policy to prevent discrimination in all of its activities. /IPS (END//2012)

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