This week internal World Bank review documents identified serious shortcomings in the implementation, oversight and management of its resettlement policies and practices.
In the afternoon of Friday 27th February seven security personnel contracted to guard one of Asia Pulp and Paper’s Acacia plantations in the district of Tebo, Jambi Province on the island of Sumatra, beat, then abducted and killed an activist from a local farmers’ union. According to preliminary reports, the altercation occurred when the guards tried to prevent Mr Indra Pelani from entering the plantation.
In a collective NGO statement, the Centre for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Accountability Counsel and Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) raise concerns about the impact of the proposed safeguards on the Bank’s accountability for its investments, with particular focus on ESS10 on consultation and stakeholder engagement.Dear Safeguards Team,
In a statement endorsed by Forest Peoples Programme, RRI has raised issues with the overarching framework of the new proposed Environmental and Social Standards of the World Bank. They have raised specific concerns with ESS5 on land tenure and land acquisition, and ESS7 on indigenous peoples: