Africa: Civil society orgs. call on World Bank to ensure extractive industries secure "free, prior & informed consent" of local people, among other recommendations

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5 February 2007

Ghana: World Bank and Governments Asked to Ensure Human Rights in Extractive Sector

Author: Isabella Gyau Orhin, Public Agenda [Ghana]

Civil Society groups, CIDSE and Partner organizations across the globe...have asked the World Bank to implement the original recommendations of the Extractive Industries Review report which includes the need to secure the free, prior and informed consent of local people..."We are deeply concerned that rather than benefit from their natural resources, local people in areas of natural resource exploitation, such as oil, gas, mining and logging, experience increased poverty," [said the orgs.]...Besides, TNCs are to ensure that their operations do not cause or exacerbate conflict...[also refers to Newmont Ghana, Anglogold Ashanti]

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23 January 2007

[PDF] Prospecting For Solutions

Author: CIDSE and other Civil Society organisations

Recommendations by members of civil society organisations to governments, companies, International Financial Institutions and the United Nations concerning the impacts of oil, mining and logging on development...[To] Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises[:]
- to respect their contracts with host governments, which must be in line with national laws and international human rights and environmental standards, as detailed above;
- to obtain the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous people and local communities before operations commence and to respect the right of such communities to say “No” to projects that are not in their best interests...;
- to sign up to the EITI and ensure publication of all payments and contracts made to governments;
- to ensure that their operations do not cause or exacerbate conflict. Where it does, to suspend operations until the conflict has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.

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