RFK Center Releases Documents Outlining US Action to Block Life-saving Funds to Haiti
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
According to documents obtained under FOIA from the Department of the Treasury, multi-million dollar loans from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to Haiti for vital infrastructure projects were hamstrung for political reasons. The loans, totaling $146 million, were initially approved in 1998 by the IDB, but subsequent communications showed officials going beyond IDB rules to impose additional conditions, according to the report.
The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights obtained the documents after suing Treasury in August 2006; the Center had initially requested the documents in August 2003. See also "Wòch nan Soley: The Denial of the Right to Water in Haiti," a joint report of New York University's Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice, the NYU School of Law's International Human Rights Clinic, Dr. Paul Farmer's Partners in Health, and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights (referenced at http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/1638/51/).
Haiti, Treasury, loan, Inter-American Development Bank, water, infrastructure
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