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Report on Risks and Benefits of Mining in Haiti

Interest in mining in Haiti has grown with the success of mining in the Dominican Republic and the Haitian government’s calls for foreign investment. Unfortunately, the Haitian people have been left out of these discussions, despite the human rights and environmental risks faced especially by communities living near mines. This report discusses the challenges and opportunities of mining, as well as how it could impact Haiti as a whole. Part of the Executive Summary is below. Click HERE for the full text. Byen Konte, Mal Kalkile? Human Rights and Environmental Risks of Gold Mining in Haiti Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Haiti Justice Initiative December 2015 ! Resident, Gode Since I was a little kid I have listened to my grandparents talk about the riches that are in the Haitian soil. We don’t have the tools we need to […]

World Bank Rejects Haitians’ Complaint About Mining

Many Haitians recently filed a complaint with the World Bank, outlining their concerns about a new mining law that the World Bank is supporting. Last week, the World Bank Inspection Panel refused to consider the complaint, though World Bank acknowledged the Haitians’ concerns as legitimate. Now that Parliament, which had opposed the new law, isn’t functional, many fear that Martelly will pass the law by decree. This would leave both Haitians and the environment vulnerable to the human rights violations and damage common in mining areas. Part of the press release is below. Click HERE for the full text. Center for Human Rights and Global Justice February 17, 2015                                                             FOR […]

Haitians Oppose World Bank-Supported Mining Efforts

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. Part of the press release is below. Click HERE for the full text. 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.[1]  The complaint alleges that the Haitian populace has been left out of World Bank-funded efforts by the Haitian government to […]

Professor Alston Seeks Research Assistant for UN Mandate

Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law and Faculty Director and Co-Chair of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ), is seeking a Research Assistant to assist him on his mandate as UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Professor Alston has been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as Special Rapporteur in June 2014. The mandate consists of the presentation of thematic reports to the Human Rights Council and to the UN General Assembly, undertaking official country visits, and sending letters to governments, and other relevant entities, in situations in which a violation of international human rights law is alleged to have taken place. The Research Assistant will be working on a diverse range of topics related to the work of the Special Rapporteur and will be conducting both in-depth legal research as […]

New DR Immigration Law Still Leaves Many Stateless

While the Dominican government praises a new law meant to rectify the crisis caused by the September 2013 high court ruling on immigration, human rights advocates say it’s not enough. It leaves out the majority of people who were affected by the September ruling and doesn’t address those whose identification documents were seized, leaving them still stateless. Human rights advocates will continue to fight to have everyone included. New Dominican law aids some ‘stateless’ migrants Ezequiel Abiu Lopez and Danica Coto, Miami Herald May 22, 2014 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A newly passed law in the Dominican Republic creates a path to citizenship for the descendants of tens of thousands of migrants who came from neighboring Haiti to toil in sugar fields and do other menial jobs, but human rights groups said Thursday that it fails to address the plight of […]

Haitian Judges Reinstate Crimes Against Humanity Charges Against Duvalier

Victims of the Duvalier regime had a huge victory when three judges of the Haitians Appeals Court in Port-au-Prince reinstated crimes against humanity charges against Duvalier. While Reynold Georges, Duvalier’s lead attorney, tried to argue the decision, the human rights community celebrated this historic day. Victims applaud Haitian court decision on Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier Jaqqueline Charles, Miami Herald February 20, 2014 For two months last year, retired gynecologist Nicole Magloire arrived at the packed Port-au-Prince courtroom weekly and took her usual seat — front row, just to the right. Magloire, 75, did so again Thursday as a three-judge panel reconvened after a nine-month hiatus to decide on the fate of former President-for-Life Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier. She didn’t expect much. Then the judges dropped a bombshell: allegations that Duvalier tortured, killed and imprisoned opponents should go forward. “We didn’t give […]

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