- Published on Sunday, 31 May 2015 23:39
Most arguments presented by applicants against CAFTA on national sovereignty and social justice were not accepted by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court.
Nine years after the first challenge was launched, the Free Trade Agreement between the US, Central America and the Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR) was virtually declared constitutional by the Constitutional Chamber of the Salvadorean Supreme Court, except for two articles, one that banned El Salvador from issuing patents and other that automatically ratified the International Convention for the Protection of New Plant Varieties.
The ruling, issued yesterday and signed by all five magistrates, indicates that the two articles declared unconstitutional took away power from the legislature to ratify international conventions or abolish existing laws, referred to in Articles 86, paragraphs 1 and 2, 131 section 5 and 7 and Article 146 of the Constitution of the Republic.
- Published on Monday, 18 May 2015 20:46
A Salvadoran delegation is in Canada this week to warn of how investor provisions threaten democracy, public health, and environment
In a case illustrating the dangers of corporate-friendly provisions buried in trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a secret tribunal is on the brink of issuing a ruling any day that that could force the Central American country of El Salvador to pay $301 million to a Canadian-Australian gold-mining firm.
OceanaGold, which purchased the Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining in 2013, is suing El Salvador—the most water-stressed country in the region—for an amount equivalent to 5 percent of its gross domestic product for refusing to grant it a permit to put a gold mine into operation.
- Published on Monday, 18 May 2015 20:36
As the world looks for innovative solutions to solve the rapidly worsening water crisis, two Salvadoran experts are touring Canada this week to promote a simple strategy that could save the public billions of dollars.
Yanira Cortez, Deputy Attorney for the Environment for El Salvador's Human Rights Ombudsperson's Office and Marcos Gálvez, President of the Association for the Development of El Salvador are calling on Canadians to help solve the water crisis by challenging investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms that have enabled corporations to sue governments for hundreds of millions of dollars when policies aimed at protecting the environment threaten corporate profits.
- Published on Monday, 18 May 2015 20:24
The company’s proposed gold mine would have used thousands of tons of cyanide and hundreds of thousand liters of water per day
In anticipation of an imminent ruling from the World Bank’s little known investor-state arbitration tribunal that could force El Salvador to pay Canadian mining firm OceanaGold US$301 million, a Salvadoran delegation is in Canada to discuss how this arbitration process threatens democratic decision making, public health and the environment here and beyond.
“As United Nations expert Alfred de Zayas recently expressed, the impact that investor-state arbitrations have already had and will have on human rights is very worrisome,” warned Yanira Cortez, Deputy Attorney for the Environment for El Salvador’s Human Rights Prosecutor’s Office, at an event in Ottawa this week. “We know that just the threat of these lawsuits can force governments in the Global South – and even here in Canada – to go against the public interest when it comes to health and environmental protections.”