Despite outcry from the Haiti Mining Justice Collective and other Haitians, the World Bank continues to support mining in Haiti. In a country that already struggles with public health and water issues, mining could easily cause more devastation. Last month, World Bank rejected a petition from these groups. Now, over 80 organizations are demanding that the World Bank act more responsibly.
International Outcry Over World Bank Role in Haiti Mining Sector
March 9, 2015
Today more than 80 organizations from around the world joined with the Haiti Mining Justice Collective, the NYU Global Justice Clinic and Accountability Counsel to demand that the World Bank take responsibility for its actions in Haiti. Through a dangerous policy loophole, the Bank has provided support to develop the Haitian mining sector without applying its own standards for protecting vulnerable populations and the environment. Signatories fear that this loophole may continue to be used by the Bank to avoid applying social and environmental standards to development funding in risky industries, like extractives. Read the full letter here (also available in Spanish and French).
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