Preventing Violations and Advancing Rights in Haiti’s Emerging Mining Sector

(L-R) Nikki Reisch (GJC), Tonny Joseph (Oxfam Haiti), Keith Slack (Oxfam USA), Camille Chamlers (PAPDA), and Ellie Happel (GJC) discuss concerns about a proposed mining law for Haiti during a Congressional briefing in 2016.

The Global Justice Clinic has a long history of work with organizations in Haiti to promote the rights of marginalized populations. In 2013, the GJC began working in partnership with the Kolektif Jistis Min (Justice in Mining Collective, “Collective”), a platform of six Haitian social justice organizations to advance human rights in the country’s emerging mining sector. GJC alum Ellie Happel helped to launch the project and continues to serve as the Haiti Project Director.  She is primarily based in Port-au-Prince.

This collaboration aims to empower communities affected by mining activity to know their rights, access information, collect relevant evidence, and monitor human rights violations. The Global Justice Clinic aims to advance transparency and public discussion of mining and to ensure mining-affected communities can meaningfully participate in decisions that affect their future.

Ellie Happel discusses mining permits during a presentation in Limonade, Haiti in May 2016.

Activities

The Global Justice Clinic’s work to date on this project includes:

  • Collaborating with the Collective to create resources and materials to inform communities about the potential impacts of gold mining and the human rights protections relevant to those risks
  • Assessing existing data, gathering rigorous baseline data, and working with communities to collect community-owned monitoring data related to the right to water
  • Advocating for a Haitian mining law with strong environmental, social, and other human rights protections
  • Encouraging an informed and inclusive debate about the development of the mining sector in Haiti
  • Advocating for communities before international mechanisms such as the World Bank Inspection Panel and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  • Preparing a report on the human rights and environmental impacts of the mining sector in Haiti
  • Collaborating with the Collective to ensure that the United Nations Human Rights Council addresses the human rights risks of metal mining as part of Haiti’s Universal Periodic Review

 

Relevant Documents:

PRESS STATEMENT: At UN peer review, Haiti urged to ensure respect for human rights in development of mining– English  (November 2016)

PRESS STATEMENT: Haïti vivement incité à assurer le respect des droits de l’homme dans le développement de l’activité minière lors de l’examen des pairs à l’ONU – French (November 2016)

REPORT: Byen Konte Mal Kalkile – French (May 2016)

ANNOUNCEMENT: Global Justice Clinic Asks UN Body to Examine Human Rights Impacts of Metal Mining in Haiti (March 2016)

SUBMISSION UPR: Les Impacts de l’Exploitation Aurifère sur les Droits Humains en Haïti (March 2016)

SUBMISSION UPR: Human Rights Impacts of Gold Mining in Haiti (March 2016)

ANNOUNCEMENT: Global Justice Clinic Conducts Survey Planning Trip to Northern Haiti (February 2016)

REPORT: Byen Konte, Mal Kalkile? Human Rights and Environmental Risks Of Gold Mining in Haiti (December 7, 2015)

REPORT (EXECUTIVE SUMMARY): Byen Konte, Mal Kalkile? Human Rights And Environmental Impacts Of The Mining Sector In Haiti  (August 20, 2015)

RAPPORT (RÉSUMÉ): BYEN KONTE,MAL KALKILE? LES IMPACTS DU SECTEUR MINIER EN HAÏTI SUR LES DROITS HUMAINS ET L’ENVIRONNEMENT (August 20, 2015)

RAPO (REZIME EKZKITIF): BYEN KONTE, MAL KALIKLE? ENPAK SEKTÈ MIN AN AYITI SOU DWA MOUN AK ANVIWÒNMAN AN (August 20, 2015)

STORY: Global Justice Clinic student testifies before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (April 3, 2015)

PRESS RELEASE: Haitian Advocates Demand Information as Government Pushes Mining and Tourism (March 17, 2015)

BRIEF FILED WITH IACHR: La situation de l’accès à l’information en Haïti (Français)

SUMMARY OF BRIEF FILED WITH IACHR: Access to Information in Haiti (English)

SUMMARY OF BRIEF FILED WITH IACHR: Rezime (Kreyol Summary) [PDF]

ANNOUNCEMENT: Global Justice Clinic and Haitian Partners Granted Hearing Before IACHR (March 6, 2015)

PRESS RELEASE: World Bank Refuses to Consider Haitian Communities’ Complaint about New Mining Law (February 17, 2015)

PRESS RELEASE: Haitian Communities File Complaint about World Bank-Supported Mining Law (January 7, 2015)

ANNOUNCEMENT: GJC and Haitian Partners Submit Letter of Concern to World Bank About Support for Mining Sector (November 25, 2014)

PRESS STATEMENT: English Translation of Declaration of Professor Margaret Satterthwaite: Haitian Communities Excluded While the Gold Mining Sector Develops (July 11, 2014)

GJC and Kolektif Jistis Min team members practice measuring conductivity in Northeast Haiti in 2015


Community members discuss the potential impacts of gold mining in Northern Haiti in 2013.