PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Civil society watch groups are speaking out against any intention of the Martelly administration to publish a decree modifying the Mining Act. What should be a law, passed in the Parliament, a decree by Martelly on gold and other mineral exploitation would likely be to the detriment of the Haitian people, they warn.
The Collective for Mine Justice (CJM) denounced Tuesday the statements of the Minister of Communications Mario Dupuy, who suggested that the totalitarian regime could decide what it wants in the appeal process of exploitation of mineral resources.
The executive secretary of the PAPDA, Camille Chalmers, denounced the government led by Martelly and the de facto Prime Minister Evans Paul as it maneuvers to publish a law decree on mining.
It is unacceptable that the government would decided to issue a decree of the Mining Act in a context where there is no parliament, railed Chalmers. He called the Bureau of Mines and Energy (BME) to not forget that a moratorium on the issue of mines in the country is in place through a resolution passed by the Senate of the Republic in 2013 .
According to Camille Chalmers, the content of the decree is very worrying since it eliminates the Parliament for ratification process to pass laws to protect the country’s resources. This opens the way for a whole company coming operate freely, the country’s mines, he denounced.
Chalmers regrets that this document has been prepared without taking into account the views of civil society organizations as well as people who live in the communities in which these operations should be performed.
This draft mining law is, according to the executive secretary of PAPDA, the result of a plot by the World Bank (WB), the Haitian government and part of the Haitian private sector. It is, he says, such as to “poison the already degraded environment of the country, violating the right to sovereignty and social law, cultural and economic development of the Haitian people”
The CJM and others are calling on national and international organizations of human rights, the various organized sectors and the general population to mobilize in order to force the government to withdraw the publication of this decree.