- Published on Thursday, 05 May 2016 18:08
By: P. Cabezas
Anti-mining activists in el Salvador and their allies in the US and Australia demanded on April 28th that de International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, ICSID, release immediately a a favorable resolution in the impending case of Pacific Rim Mining vs El Salvador.
A statement delivered simultaneously to offices in San Salvador, Washington and Melbourne asked the World Bank to stop enabling a tribunal utilized by multinational corporations to undermine human rights. “Fifty years of ICSID and billions of dollars in corporate awards is enough. It’s time for the World Bank to evict ICSID and take a stand for environmental, social and economic justice” read the statement.
- Published on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 17:59
Gloril Orellana – CoLatino.
Berta Caceres' murder did not fall on "deaf ears", peasant and indigenous organizations from Honduras and El Salvador have decided, under a banner of solidarity, to unite to fight against mining, monoculture and the protection of water and ecosystems.
Abel Lara, coordinator of the October 12 - Popular Resistance Movement of El Salvador, said that the meeting of different peasant and indigenous movements from Honduras and El Salvador was to assess the reality and experiences that both nations face in relation to "megaprojects" that generate forced migration of populations, pollution and theft of natural resources.
- Published on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 17:44
Republished from Both ENDS
See chapter on "ISDS, Extractive Industries and the Pacific Rim vs El Salvador case" on page 231, written by Sarah Anderson and Manuel Perez Rocha from the Institute for Policy Studies.
In 1959, Germany and Pakistan signed the first Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) in the world. Without knowing, they marked a new era as many countries have followed their example since then. Currently, the international legal system that governs international investment flows consists of about 3000 BITs and other international investment agreements (IIAs). While originally these treaties were thought to be beneficial for the investor and the host state in terms of economic growth, increased foreign investment and development, many host states have suffered negative consequences instead of benefiting from them.
A new book, published by Madhyam, Both ENDS and SOMO, aims to encourage the collective thinking about BITS and other investment treaties, and to engage all stakeholders – governments, inter-governmental organisations, the private sector, civil society, think-tanks and academia - in this process.
- Published on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 23:13
On the week of March 1, anthropologist Stuart Kirsch from the University of Michigan, Jen Moore from MiningWatch Canada, and Manuel Pérez Rocha from the Institute for Policy Studies travelled to El Salvador to launch the study Mining, Corporate Social Responsiblity, and Conflict: OceanaGold and the El Dorado Foundation in El Salvador.
The study was carried out in collaboration with the International Allies Against Mining in El Salvador and the National Roundtable Against Metal Mining in El Salvador (also known simply as La Mesa). It documents and analyzes OceanaGold’s current activities in the northern department of Cabañas through its El Dorado Foundation. It denounces these activities as deceitful, disrespectful, and dangerous, especially given the company’s multimillion-dollar suit against El Salvador and broad opposition to mining in Cabañas and El Salvador, and recent violence in which four environmental activists were assassinated for their opposition to destructive gold mining. It concludes that the Foundation should be closed and reiterates support for the decade-long struggle in El Salvador to ban metal mining.
- Published on Sunday, 20 March 2016 22:31
Michaela Stubbs: 3CR 855AM Australia
Australian mining company Oceana Gold is suing one of the poorest countries in the world, El Salvador for $300 million after an application to operate a gold mine at the head of the countries' biggest river was rejected in order to protect the countries scarce drinking water. As one of the longest running ISDS cases, after almost seven years the World Bank has still not released a verdict. To give us more detail on the case and tell us about how Australia could face similar cases if the recently signed TPP agreement gets passed by parliament this year is Kevin Bracken from the Maritime Union of Australia. We will also hear and interview with Santos Aguilera at a protest at Oceana Gold offices on Friday 26th February and some excerpts of the speeches made. - hear the interview here
- Published on Saturday, 19 March 2016 22:25
Vidalina Morales, president, Association for Economic and Social Development of El Salvador (ADES) interviewed for The Guardian in response to the murder of Honduran activist Berta Caceres.
I felt indignation and sadness at Berta’s murder. I cried a lot and felt pain.
And it is not a unique case. Through this decade many others have been murdered in Honduras for defending their lands. Here in El Salvador we have had four environmentalists murdered including Dora Sorto who was eight months pregnant. Without a doubt, the struggle to defend our territories and to protect the environment is alive throughout the continent.
With ADES, we have been fighting to stop the introduction of mining projects in Cabañas, and El Salvador, for the last ten years. We are also working with farming communities to change practices in the use of pesticides and foster farming practices that are a sustainable alternative to mining. And, we work on community education campaigns to inform the population about the negative impacts of mining and extractive industries.