Global Justice Clinic to Launch French Report on Human Rights and Environmental Risks of Mining at International Conference in Haiti

From May 5 to 11, the Global Justice Clinic will join activists from over eight countries in Haiti, as part of an international conference on mining organized by the Kolektif Jistis Min. While there, the Clinic will launch the French version of a report it co-authored with the Haiti Justice Initiative at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, entitled Byen Konte, Mal Kalkile? Human Rights and Environmental Risks of Gold Mining in Haiti, and speak to Haitian lawyers and law students at Université de la Fondation Dr Aristide (UNIFA). Byen Konte, Mal Kalkile aims to address the dearth of information in the public domain about what gold mining entails, what challenges it poses, and what it may mean for the Haitian communities most at risk as well as for the country as a whole. The report is the product of more than 100 days of interviews and participant observation in more than fifty meetings held in communities affected by mining-related activities in Haiti, as well as intensive documentary research and interviews with representatives of the Haitian government, intergovernmental organizations and mining companies operating in Haiti. The findings of the report indicate that the social and environmental risks of gold mining are heightened by Haiti’s existing vulnerabilities to natural disaster and drought, and by a lack of governmental capacity and political will to enforce those laws and regulations that exist. The French version of the report will be available for download after May 5.