Many Haitians are worried about new efforts by the Haitian government to open the country up for mining. They have petitioned the World Bank, a supporter of these efforts, with their concerns about the environmental and human rights impacts mining will have on the nearby communities. They also fear that lack of government resources will hinder proper oversight of these projects.
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Haitian Communities File Complaint about World Bank-Supported Mining Law
Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
January 7, 2015
(NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, PORT-AU-PRINCE Jan. 7, 2015)—Haitian communities and organizations filed a complaint with the World Bank regarding Bank-supported activities to develop Haiti’s mining sector today. The complaint alleges that the Haitian populace has been left out of World Bank-funded efforts by the Haitian government to draft new mining legislation intended to attract foreign investors to exploit Haiti’s gold and other minerals. Complainants contend that the Bank has failed to follow its own social and environmental safeguard policies or ensure that the new legal framework adheres to international best practices. They fear that allowing the mineral sector to develop without much-needed human rights and environmental protections and without public consultation could harm rather than help Haiti.
“The mining law will attract investment from foreign mining companies and yet the government does not have the ability to monitor environmental impacts or to promote the interests of the affected communities,” said Nixon Boumba, a representative of the Kolektif Jistis Min (Mining Justice Collective), a group of six Haitian organizations and dozens of communities who filed the complaint.
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