- Published on Monday, 20 October 2014 16:33
By: Nick Buxton and Brid Brennan
Re-published from: http://tinyurl.com/ksgh9lb
The controversial legal case that Canadian mining firm Pacific Rim has launched against El Salvador has added fuel to the growing international debate on the balance of corporate rights and responsibilities and the need for new legal international frameworks to address corporate impunity.
15 September marked the anniversary of independence of El Salvador . Tellingly on the same day, in a world where corporate power can supercede that of states, the small Central American country is in a Washington-based investment court battling it out for its right to regulate on health and environmental grounds against a transnational mining firm. The controversial legal case that Canadian mining firm Pacific Rim has launched against El Salvador has added fuel to the growing international debate on the balance of corporate rights and responsibilities and the need for new legal international frameworks to address corporate impunity.
- Published on Monday, 20 October 2014 22:12
By Gloria Orellana, Colatino
Social organizations took to the streets of San Salvador to demand the adoption of a Law on Food Sovereignty and to ratify the constitutional reform to Article 69, to recognize the human rights to water and food.
The United Nations decreed that October cada16 commemorate "World Food Day" in order to raise awareness to the governments and peoples of the world on the problems of hunger, malnutrition and poverty that affect large groups of populations.
Doris Evangelista, from the Roundtable for Food Sovereignty, criticized the reluctance of right wing parties in the Legislature to approve the General Water Law and the Food Sovereignty.
- Published on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 01:23
Dozens of civil society organizations in five different countries and hundreds of thousands of people took action to demand OceanaGold's withdrawal from El Salvador.
While the future of metal mining in El Salvador is being debated by a panel of expert arbitrators who will determine whether El Salvador violated its investment law for not issuing a mineral exploitation permit to Pacific Rim Mining corporation, hundreds of thousands of people in El Salvador and around the globe took actions to denounce the close door proceedings and to demand that the company, now owned by Australian/Canadian OceanaGold, withdraw its law suit.
The panel of arbitrators, part of the World Bank's International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes-ICSID, is considering a decision merely on trade merits, but opponents of metal mining in El Salvador, and their international allies, maintain that there is much more at stake: the violation of human rights; the long term environmental and economic sustainability of a nation; and the sovereign right of a democratically elected government to legislate policy to protect the public good.