Time is running out for the Legislative Assembly to ratify food and water as basic human rights in El Salvador
- Published on Thursday, 23 April 2015 21:29
Environmental organizations poised to have a ratification vote before the legislature dissolves on April 30th.
An open letter to president of El Salvador by the UN’s Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Water, Leo Heller, and Special Rapporteur on Food, Hila Lever, has become the latest salvo in a high profile campaign led by Salvadorean environmental organizations seeking to salvage a last minute attempt to ratify a reform to enshrine the rights to food and water in the constitution.
- Published on Saturday, 18 April 2015 20:29
Juan Carlos Jimenez - Upside Down World
Nueva Trinidad, an agricultural town in the department of Chalatenango in El Salvador, became the third municipality in the country to declare itself a “Territory Free of Mining” after having a historic popular community consultation on March 29.
In a process of grassroots democracy and popular community engagement, Nueva Trinidad joined its neighboring towns of San Jose Las Flores and San Isidro Labrador in rejecting the presence of mining exploration and exploitation in their territories. The former guerrilla stronghold in North Chalatenango has fought to prevent mining projects in their territories for over a decade, often resorting to road blocks, marches, and political graffiti to declare its opposition to mining.
- Published on Saturday, 18 April 2015 20:03
Gabriel Labrador- Equal Times
The Central American state of El Salvador could be forced to pay US$301 million in damages to an Australian-Canadian mining company, OceanaGold, after the company’s application for a mining license was rejected on the basis of the projected environmental damage it would cause.
El Salvador is the most water-stressed country in the region. As a result, the government stopped granting mining licenses back in 2008 in an attempt to preserve the country’s limited clean water supplies and safeguard the environment.
- Published on Friday, 17 April 2015 23:24
Ottawa – Canadian investments are coming between citizens of El Salvador and their water, says a new report. Authored by Meera Karunananthan of the Blue Planet Project and Susan Spronk of the University of Ottawa, the report highlights the tensions between El Salvador’s relationship with foreign investors and a thriving environmental movement that is promoting a bold new vision for the country’s freshwater scarcity crisis.
El Salvador refused to issue a permit for a gold mine to Vancouver-based Pacific Rim, the corporation decided to sue the government for over $300 million (U.S.). Pacific Rim has since been bought by Canadian-Australian firm Oceana Gold, which has taken over the lawsuit.