Last week, the World Bank’s board met to make a decision on an Inspection Panel report about a Bank project in Kenya. The Inspection Panel’s report accused the Bank of failing to protect the rights of the Sengwer forest indigenous community.
The World Bank’s inspection panel has found that the Bank violated its safeguards in a conservation project in the Cherangany Hills in Kenya. Thousands of Sengwer indigenous people have been evicted and their homes burned down.
Evictions have started of Sengwer indigenous people and other communities from the Embobut Forest in Western Kenya. Armed guards from the Kenya Forest Service have moved into the area to evict people, despite an injunction preventing evictions from the forest.