Latest Reports and Studies

Peoples Sovereignty vs Impunity Inc.

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 th...

The Fight Against Gold Mining in El Salvador

Article on the Chalatenango Free of Mining Campaign published in Practicing Anthropology. Read Here...

PRESS RELEASE: Mining, Corporate Social Respo…

Download the Report here (Ottawa/Washington/Melbourne)  A new study finds that OceanaGold’s attempt to rebrand its propose...

'Let Us Care for Everyone's Home': The Cathol…

A recently published essay by Phd candidate Rachel Nadelman looks at the role of the Catholic Church in the anti-mining struggle in El Salva...

  • International Allies Against Mining in El SalvadorWe are a group of organisations from Australia Canada, Europe and the U.S. that support the Salvadoran people's demand for sovereignty, the right to water and healthy communities. We coordinate our work with the National Roundtable against Metallic Mining in El Salvador and with communities directly affected by mining projects.  

    Read More
  • 1

Videos

alianza contra la privatizacion

Social movements say: no to the privatization of water in El Salvador

We want to express our deep rejection of the "Integral Water Law" proposal presented in mid-June by the National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP) before the Legislative Assembly and supported by ARENA and other right-wing parties.

We consider that its contents are intended to implement a model of privatized management, where the priority for the use of water will be commercial above the human rights of people and nature. This proposal creates an autonomous authority where ANEP decides the fate of water in the country; it eliminates watershed based management and thus it virtually excludes community participation. The proposal eliminates the priority of supplying water the to the population, establishing a single permit for public and private users, with equal terms for all users and charging equal fees or fees for the use of water to all users regardless of whether for domestic or commercial consumption.

 

For these reasons, as representatives of the organized social movement, we reject the proposed Integral Water Law, but, convinced of the urgent need for El Salvador to have a General Water Law, we have launched the campaign FOR MY HUMAN RIGHTS, FOR PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY BASED MANAGEMENT ... We say: NO to the PRIVATIZATION OF WATER.

This campaign has as its central objective to promote the approval of a General Water Law that guarantees at least the following points:

  • FIRST, public and community management, ie, the water authority must be exclusively conformed by public institutions that guarantee the current local water management systems in rural communities;
  • SECOND, there are clear mechanisms for the effective participation of the population;
  • THIRD, effective mechanisms are created to protect and recover priority watersheds and critical areas.
  • FOURTH, ensure the priority of domestic consumption of the population and the sustainability of ecosystems, through the creation of differentiated permits for rural and urban populations, commercial and public entities;
  • And FIFTH, the creation of a distribution regime funded by the State, and fees from the public and companies who utilize water to ensure sufficient financial resources are available to invest in equitable use, protection and water recovery measures in the country.

The campaign will have two main lines of action, the first being the legislative pressure to deputies and deputies, through the follow-up to the sessions of the Committee on Environment and Climate Change, pickets and various public activities at the legislative assembly and other official offices in the country;  a second strategy will build social pressure on through a petition against water privatization signed by the population and delivered to right-wing deputies.

In defense of the human right to water, and community controlled public management ... social movements say: no to the privatization of water in El Salvador.

San Salvador July 4, 2017

Recent News

Looming threats to the mining prohibition in El Salvador

Mining prohibition El Salvador - Thursday, 8 February 2018 - 07:02 AM

P. Cabezas In March 2017, El Salvador became the first country in the world to ban metallic mining. But the huge victory of the antimining movement and the international recognition it has garnered may be overshadowed by a current electoral campaign...

Lack of proposals from political candidates on the Environmental Crisis in El Sa…

Media Releases - Thursday, 8 February 2018 - 06:02 AM

PRESS RELEASE: National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining  For many years El Salvador has faced serious environmental degradation provoked in its majority by industrial processes of big corporations.  In 2018 the panorama would have been even worse, if El Salvador had given...

Long-Fought-For Ombudsperson Announced to Investigate International Complaints a…

Mining and Human Rights - Thursday, 8 February 2018 - 06:02 AM

NEWS RELEASE : January 17, 2018 (Ottawa) Today, Canada’s International Trade Minister announced the creation of a Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise to investigate human rights complaints about the overseas operations of Canadian companies and recommend remedy for harm done. The ombudsperson’s recommendations...

A year with a bitter taste in environmental matters in El Salvador

Mining prohibition El Salvador - Thursday, 1 February 2018 - 15:02 PM

Alfredo Carias: Vanguardia In the midst of an important victory in El Salvador, an evaluation of the social and environmental conditions in the country contrasts to the achievements obtained with the prohibition of mining. According to the Salvadoran authorities, progress has been...

National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining demands justice in the case of murde…

Pacific Rim/OceanaGold - Thursday, 1 February 2018 - 14:02 PM

Marisol Miranda: CoLatino Although there is a law against mining, fear is always present. “OceanaGold still owns the El Dorado miming project, and they are only waiting for a change of government for it to be installed again", said Domingo Miranda, at...

Can Victory Over Irresponsible Mining in Central America Spur a Win in the Phili…

Pacific Rim/OceanaGold - Thursday, 1 February 2018 - 13:02 PM

John Cavanagh, Robin Broad : RAPPLER OceanaGold was stunningly defeated in El Salvador last March. Can it be defeated in the Philippines by 2019? In March 2017, the small nation of El Salvador took a huge step towards protecting its environment for present and future generations...

Latin American Women Weaving Territories

Media Releases - Thursday, 1 February 2018 - 13:02 PM

PRESS RELEASE WOMEN OF GUATEMALA, HONDURAS AND EL SALVADOR DENOUNCE THE IMPACTS OF THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES The women of the Peaceful Resistance La Puya and the Municipality of Mataquescuintla, in Guatemala; RENACAMIH and COPINH, Honduras, ADES Santa Marta in El Salvador, and...

ICSID on the bench of the accused

Pacific Rim/OceanaGold - Wednesday, 15 November 2017 - 05:11 AM

Rufo Valencia - Radio Canada International Manuel Perez Rocha interviewed by Radio Canada International. Click here to hear the interview.  One year ago, an international coalition of civil society organizations, where Mining Watch Canada participated, released a press statement entitled: “There are no...

Mining company continues lobbying efforts to repeal Anti-Mining Law

Pacific Rim/OceanaGold - Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 19:11 PM

Mario Beltrán - Contrapunto Environmental NGOs fear that the approaching electoral season might advance the company´s goals at the expense of the environment. Environmental organizations are worried about the promotion and education on mining that the El Dorado Foundation (face of "Corporate Social...

Collective reflections towards the UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporatio…

Pacific Rim/OceanaGold - Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 19:11 PM

  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO VIDEO: On the occasion of the third session of the UN Human Rights Council open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (OEIGWG), the Transnational Institute, Europe-Third World...

More from this category

NOTEWORTHY

El Salvador – When The Seeds Of Resistance Bloom

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 19:06 PM

Mining prohibition El Salvador

Thomas Mc Donagh and Aldo Orellana López : The Democracy Center On 29th March 2017 legislators in El Salvador approved a blanket ban on all metal mining activities in the country – the first...

Read more

Historic Wins for Democracy and Rights in El Salvador

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 17:06 PM

Mining prohibition El Salvador

Robin Broad and John Cavanagh : Ethics and International Affairs   Recently there have been two giant wins for democracy, human rights, and the environment in an unlikely spot: the small, embattled nation...

Read more
Design: Estudio Gráfico SV | Website by Heavy Web Design