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Commentary: "World Bank undermines decades of progress on building protections for the rights of indigenous peoples"

With lofty ambitions to ‘shared prosperity’ and ‘full respect’ for human rights, it is a significant disappointment to see in the new draft that the Bank has failed to set high standards for protecting the rights and interests of indigenous peoples. The Bank has instead released a complicated, confusing and fundamentally weaker set of standards...The importance of this review is undeniable...In short: what the Bank does to its safeguard framework matters because others will follow its lead...And now that the latest draft of the proposed safeguard framework is released it is clear that 2016 represents a devastating low point in the Bank’s approach to the protection of social and environmental goods, and of the rights and interests of indigenous peoples in particular...

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