The Washington Memo Blog offers quick updates on current issues and news relevant to work here at the MCC Washington Office. Here are some excerpts from recent blog posts:
Made in Haiti: A Good Thing?
November 2, 2010
“As part of an effort to help Haiti rebuild its economy after the earthquake, the U.S. Congress passed legislation in May of this year to extend U.S. trade preferences to Haiti through 2020 and nearly triple duty-free quotas for Haitian garment exports to the United States. Last month the World Bank, Haiti and the U.S. signed an agreement with a South Korean clothing producer, Sae-A to build another free-trade garment assembly factory in Haiti. Garment assembly plants that employ low-wage laborers in poor countries have been seen as a powerful strategy for economic development for several decades. But who really benefits from these factories…?”
Documenting Suffering and Hope in Colombia
November 9, 2010
“Justapaz, an MCC partner in Colombia, has released their fifth annual report, A Prophetic Call: Colombian Protestant Churches Document their Suffering and Their Hope. During this report’s research period, January 1 to December 31, 2009, Justapaz documented 69 cases of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law against pastors, church leaders and other members of Protestant and Evangelical churches in Colombia….”