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Nouveaux plans de la DINEPA pour l’éradication du choléra

Lundi, le Directeur de la DINEPA a annoncé que DINEPA a des nouvelles initiatives pour combattre le choléra, avec l’aide du Japon et du Canada. Selon lui, l’objectif est d’« Éradiquer le choléra d’ici 10 ans ».   Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.   Haïti – Santé : La DINEPA lutte pour l’éradication du choléra HaïtiLibre May 26, 2015   Lundi en conférence de presse, Bénito Dumay, le Directeur Général de la Direction Nationale de l’Eau Potable et de l’Assainissement (DINEPA), a rappelé qu’au niveau des 10 départements, différentes actions sont entreprises pour l’assainissement avec pour objectif d’« Éradiquer le choléra d’ici 10 ans ». Il a annoncé qu’un « contrat à hauteur de 50 millions de dollars sera signé sous peu avec la Banque Mondiale pour l’éradication du choléra en Haïti » […]

Mining in Haiti on Hold Since 2012

The current Haitian government and a few companies have been trying to develop Haiti’s mining sector but, even with support from the World Bank, have been unsuccessful. President Martelly and the Senate were unable to come to an agreement before Parliament became non-functional in January. People living in the rural areas under consideration for mining are hopeful that mining will bring new roads and electricity but others caution that those improvements will only apply to the mines, and that the best jobs will go to foreigners. Mining in Haiti on hold amid uncertainty and opposition Ben Fox, Associated Press April 12, 2015 CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (AP) – The 50-year-old man from the village scrambled up a grassy hill to ask the onsite manager of a U.S. mining company for work. Joseph Tony had heard VCS Mining Inc. was bringing jobs, along with […]

World Bank Pursues Mining Goals Despite Civil Society Objections

The World Bank has been involved in beginning mining projects in Haiti. This, despite 92 civil society organizations signing a letter to World Bank outlining the issues with mining in Haiti and their desire to be included in mining-related decisions. The World Bank rejected their claims and continues to be involved with the mining sector. This article also discusses World Bank involvement in mining in Honduras and Armenia. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. World Bank support for mining expansion criticised Bretton Woods Project March 31, 2015 Despite civil society criticism of World Bank-supported large-scale mining activities, the Bank is still involved in controversial extractives projects (see Observer Summer 2014, Bulletin Dec 2013). Local and international campaigners argue that, through technical assistance, the Bank facilitates the opening up of countries’ extractive industries to transnational companies over supporting domestic […]

Over 80 Organizations Stand Against Mining in Haiti

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 Accountability Counsel 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 […]

World Bank Ignores Environmental Concerns in Haiti Mining

The World Bank recently refused a complaint filed by Haitians who are worried about the negative impacts of mining in Haiti. On top of the environmental risks Haiti already faces, including a cholera epidemic brought by UN peacekeepers, mining could cause irreparable damage. This article outlines some of the effects mining can have on Haiti, as well as an example of damage mining has done in El Salvador. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. World Bank mining ruling will only bring more pain to Haiti Nathalie Baptiste, Latin Correspondent March 4, 2015 In early February, in yet another blow to Haitian civil society, the World Bank refused to hear a complaint filed by the Justice Mining Collective on the revival of the mining sector in Haiti. According to the World Bank, Haiti’s mining sector is constrained by “outdated legal […]

Haitian Communities’ Mining Law Complaint Rejected by World Bank

The World Bank rejected a complaint issued by Haitian communities regarding the new mining law, due to a technicality. The Haitian communities’ complaint highlighted a fear that an increased investment in the mining sector will consequently create adverse environmental and social ramifications. Although the World Bank has provided technical assistance to the Haitian government in rewriting its mining laws for the past two years, the technical assistance mechanism is not subject to the World Bank’s safeguard policies, allowing the Inspection Panel to refuse to hear the complaint. New York University’s Global Justice Clinic and Accountability Counsel, which supported the Haitian communities’ complaint, believes the World Bank should not have discretion to avoid complaints involving blatant human rights and environmental risks. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. On a Technicality, World Bank Rejects Complaint on Support for New Mining […]

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