- Published on Wednesday, 17 August 2016 21:01
By: P. Cabezas
The ruling of the Pacific Rim(OceanaGold) Vs El Salvador case should be made public any minute now and many around the world are paying attention and getting ready to react depending on the outcome. Beyond a simple ruling that derives economic benefit for a winning party, this ruling will determine whether a corporation’s profit motive can override the will of a nation and its democratically elected government.
Anticipating the ruling, organizations members of the National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining in El Salvador and their International Allies are conducting formal and informal discussions about the most effective ways of responding to the ruling while many other individuals and organizations with interest in El Salvador are getting ready to take action as the information emerges. What we know for now is that the panel that adjudicated the case at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes – ICSID, has issued a resolution and it is just a matter of waiting for its translation into Spanish to be made public, possibly in the last week of August.
- Published on Wednesday, 17 August 2016 18:52
Observations from Trip by Manuel Perez-Rocha and John Cavanagh of IPS, and Robin Broad of American University to El Salvador, July 20-26, 2016
From July 20-26, we visited El Salvador, and met with a wide range of allies in La Mesa Nacional Frente a la Minería Metálica (La Mesa) and in the broader civil society world and in government, and we spent two days in Cabanas with allies fighting against mining there. We were also able to speak at a press conference and forum organized by La Mesa in San Salvador on July 21, and at an educational forum organized by ADES, UCA, and other allies in Ilobasco, Cabañas, on July 23.
Here is a brief report of the trip.
- Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 23:52
Translated from: ADES Santa Marta
Given the upcoming ICSID decision on the law suit faced by the Salvadorean state against mining multinational Pacific Rim/OcenaGold, the National Roundtable against Metallic Mining organized a public forum "El Salvador: guilty or innocent in the case of Pacific Rim/Oceana Gold” which was attended by large number of participants that filled the conference room at the Holliday Inn Hotel in San Salvador.
The forum began with a talk from John Cavanagh, director of Institute for Policy Studies and a member of International Allies Against Metallic Mining in El Salvador, who illustrated the harm caused by OceanaGold in the Philippines. The mining company has not provided the development it promised in the Asian country. Instead, it has caused the overall deterioration of the quality of life: displacement of indigenous people, poverty wages and illnesses. These are the same concerns that led the government to decide not to issue a mining license to Pacific Rim in 2006. Cavanagh stressed the importance of saying no to mining in El Salvador as a precedent that other countries are following closely.
- Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 19:34
Andres McKinley : IUDOP-UCA
In the early months of 2016, the Central American University, José Simeón Canas (UCA), in alliance with ADES (Development Association of Santa Marta, Cabañas) and several member organizations of International Allies Against Mining in El Salvador, launched a joint campaign to defend the right of El Salvador to take sovereign measures to defend its natural resources, especially water, and its people against industry initiatives that threaten the highly vulnerable environment of this country.
The campaign, entitled “In Defense of the Right of El Salvador to say NO to Metallic Mining”, includes public forums and debates, workshops, educational initiatives at the community level, media work, the production of educational materials, lobbying of public officials and alliance-building. It is directed at neutralizing on-going efforts of Pacific Rim/Oceana Gold mining companies, in conjunction with their local El Dorado Foundation, to influence the central government, departmental officials of Cabañas, local mayors and communities in the hopes of reversing the current correlation of forces opposed to mining in the department and in El Salvador as a whole (approximately 80% of people most threatened by metallic mining in El Salvador, according to a 2015 poll by the UCA).
- Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 19:08
David Marroquín : El Diario de Hoy
The defense attorney for El Salvador, Luis Parada, said the ruling has been issued and will be released in the coming days.
The resolution of the Pacific Rim law suit against the Salvadoran State could be made public in the middle of August, revealed Luis Parada on Thursday morning.
"The decision has already been issued in English, but has not been given to the parties, until it is translated into Spanish" Parada, who hopes that the decision will be favorable to El Salvador said.
- Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 17:24
Beatriz Calderón : La Prensa Grafica
The bishop also expressed concerns about the outcome of the resolution the will be issued by the ICSID in the dispute betwen Pacific Rim (now owned by OceanaGold) and El Salvador.
The Archbishop of San Salvador, Jose Luis Escobar Alas, urged, once again, members of the Legislative Assembly to approve a law prohibiting mining in El Salvador due to the pollution generated by companies, particularly the damage to the aquifers.
"I do not see why legislators do not approve it, if they are appointed by the people to ensure their rights (...) we are in a wild country where there is no law to put a stop to all this, that must end" he said emphatically.