Report Launch: Byen Konte, Mal Kalkile? Human Rights and Environmental Risks of Gold Mining in Haiti

December 7, 2015, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Furman Hall 334
245 Sullivan Street
New York City

Join us for the launch of

Byen Konte, Mal Kalkile?

Human Rights and Environmental Risks of Gold Mining in Haiti

the Global Justice Clinic (NYU School of Law)

and

 the Haiti Justice Initiative (UC Hastings College of Law)

 

This session is open to the general public.

RSVP is required.


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About the report

Haiti stands at a crossroads: The prospect of gold mining glitters on the horizon, while the reality of political turmoil, weak institutions, and widespread impoverishment glares in the foreground. Minerals can be exploited only once. This moment, before mining has begun, presents a unique opportunity for Haiti to hold a robust public debate about the risks and benefits of mining for the Haitian people, and to implement preventive measures to avoid future human rights abuses and environmental harms. Such a debate requires transparency, information sharing, and active engagement of Haitian communities. Until now, most discussions about mining have occurred among government officials, company stakeholders, and international financial institutions behind closed doors. There is a dearth of information in the public domain about what gold mining entails, what challenges it poses, what opportunities it presents, and what it may mean for communities and the country as a whole. The purpose of this report is to help fill that gap.

About the speakers

Nixon Boumba, Haitian human rights activist, Justice in Mining Collective, Haiti

Brian Gray, Emeritus Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law

Ellie Happel, Haiti Program Attorney, NYU Law Center for Human Rights & Global Justice

Samuel Nesner, Community Organizer in Northwest Haiti, Justice in Mining Collective, Haiti

Nikki Reisch, Legal Director, NYU Law Center for Human Rights & Global Justice, Adjunct Professor, Global Justice Clinic

Margaret Satterthwaite, Director, Global Justice Clinic, Professor of Clinical Law, NYU Law Center for Human Rights & Global Justice