Op-Ed: Metal Mining Would Be Disastrous for Haiti

*As printed in the NYTimes – Full Op-ed available here:

By Ellie Happel

After the 2010 earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and displaced more than a million, the government of Haiti identified mining for gold and other metals as necessary to strengthen the economy.

To that end, the government and the World Bank worked to revise the country’s mining law to attract foreign investment. Read More

Mining, Report

UPR Submission: Human Rights Impacts of Gold Mining in Haiti

The Global Justice Clinic has submitted a report to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) concerning the environmental and human rights risks that metal mining poses in Haiti.  The submission is the first report submitted to the UPR concerning mining in Haiti. Due to serious human rights and environmental concerns, the submission calls for a moratorium on metal mining. Read More

Elections and Democracy, Mining

Haiti 2016: Challenges and Opportunities

This is an interactive presentation put together by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) on the opportunities and challenges facing Haiti in 2016. It features perspectives from four civil society leaders (from RNDDH, GARR, MODEP and the Justice in Mining Collective) and touches upon subjects such as migration from the D.R., mining, cholera, elections, and democratic space in Haiti. Read More

Mining, Report

Human Rights and Environmental Risks of Gold Mining in Haiti

Haiti stands at a crossroads: The prospect of gold mining glitters on the horizon, while the reality of an uncertain political future, weak institutions, and widespread impoverishment glares in the foreground. Celebrated as the only nation in the world born of a successful slave revolution, but known today as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti is a fragile, if resilient, place. Read More