- Published on Monday, 26 September 2016 17:49
The National Roundtable against Metallic Mining (MNFM) met with the President of the Republic, Salvador Sanchez Ceren to discuss the environmental situation of the country, particularly the mining situation and submitted a proposal for an Executive Decree to definitively prohibit mining. The President reaffirmed his government's commitment not to allow mining in the country.
The President, the Minister of Environment and Legal Secretary of the Presidency received representatives of the National Roundtable Against Mining- La Mesa, who presented a draft executive decree that seeks the suspension of metallic mining in the country, they feel the granting of concessions of the current the Mining law contradicts the provisions of article 103 of the Constitution as it does not establish the approval of the Legislature.
- Published on Monday, 26 September 2016 16:33
Please note that the International Allies do not endorse the content of this article, but it is translated and re-published to highlight the efforts by the company to sway public opinion on mining in El Salvador.
Maryelos Cea: Diario El Mundo
OceanaGold acquired Pacific Rim's operations in 2013, and thus inherited the arbitration against the country, currently under the ICSID.
OceanaGold was one of the companies that participated in the second edition of the International Mining Congress, held in Managua, Nicaragua, in August 16th and 17th. In this event, Darren Klinck, executive vice president and head of Corporate Development of the company, told Salvadoran journalists that the corporation maintains the hope that El Salvador will open "a new pillar for economic development," referring to metal mining, and that the company will be a participant this process. That is is why, the company is expecting the final ruling of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), of the World Bank (WB), because the future plans for the company in the country depend on it.
- 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).