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Title:Political prohibition and the World Bank's role in the protection of human rights in the saga of the Chad-Cameroon pipeline
Author:Kirunda, RobertISNI
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights
Geographic terms:Chad
Subjects:World Bank
human rights
right of intervention
petroleum extraction
Abstract:Many authors have underscored the controversy surrounding the application and interpretation of the provisions that shackle the consideration of 'political' issues in decisionmaking in the World Bank Group. Under its constituent charter known as the Articles of Agreement, the Bank and its officers are prohibited from interfering in the political affairs of any of its members and being influenced in the making of their decisions by the political character of the member(s) concerned. The Bank's application and interpretation of these articles has generated the controversy that underlies the present paper. It points out the inconsistencies that underlie the Bank's interpretation of the provisions of its Articles of Agreement that relate to political prohibition, and the Bank's role in the protection of human rights in particular. As a case study, the paper analyses the Bank's role in the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Oil Pipeline project, in which the Bank has been involved since 2000. The paper raises a variety of questions and makes suggestions that are aimed at presenting a clearer approach to the attendant issues. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]