- Published on Friday, 17 July 2015 17:47
Joakin Salazar - Colatino
"Total disagreement with metal mining" is the result of the poll conducted by the University Institute of Public Opinion (IUDOP) of the Central American University, Jose Simeon Cañas (UCA), which states that 77% of population believe that the Salvadoran State should permanently prohibit mining in El Salvador.
The survey "Opinions and Perceptions toward Metallic Mining in El Salvador", seeks to give a voice to people who live in the 23 municipalities of the country where permits have been for the exploration for metallic mining have been extended.
- Published on Sunday, 12 July 2015 19:02
Six years after the assassination of Marcelo Rivera, family members and environmental leaders of Cabañas continue to demand justice.
“We are outraged that after six years, families of people who worked for the welfare of Salvadoran society are not able to find truth" said Miguel Rivera a community member of San Isidro Cabañas and brother of Marcelo Rivera during a press conference at the Attorney General Office of El Salvador.
"What we are asking for is the truth, we are the relatives of Marcelo Rivera, Dora Sorto and Ramiro Rivera, environmentalists of San Isidro, Cabañas, and we want Attorney General Luis Martinez to work efficiently to find the masterminds who currently walk the streets free, with impunity... my brother was kidnapped and tortured before he was murdered... we want an in depth investigation that leads to charge the masterminds who ordered the murder of our friends and family" he added
- Published on Saturday, 11 July 2015 22:35
Claire Provost and Matt Kennard - The Guardian
Fifty years ago, an international legal system was created to protect the rights of foreign investors. Today, as companies win billions in damages, insiders say it has got dangerously out of control
Luis Parada’s office is just four blocks from the White House, in the heart of K Street, Washington’s lobbying row – a stretch of steel and glass buildings once dubbed the “road to riches”, when influence-peddling became an American growth industry. Parada, a soft-spoken 55-year-old from El Salvador, is one of a handful of lawyers in the world who specialise in defending sovereign states against lawsuits lodged by multinational corporations. He is the lawyer for the defence in an obscure but increasingly powerful field of international law – where foreign investors can sue governments in a network of tribunals for billions of dollars.
- Published on Sunday, 12 July 2015 19:57
In eight articles various cases are presened that aim to serve as tools of action for activists to use in their fight for justice against the systematic violation of human rights and other crimes committed by transnational corporations.
Violations of human rights and the rights of peoples and nature have become inherent to transnational corporations’ operations and can only be equated with their growing economic and political power. What is more, these corporate violations have become systematic and corporations are certain of the impunity of their operations, which is becoming evident in an increasing number of areas of our lives, as corporations advance in the dispossession and appropriation of the commons. To confront all of this, popular resistance has become increasingly globalised and coordinated by linking up counterpowers opposing the most powerful corporations on the planet.