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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.  

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Videos

By Aruna Dutt : IPS News

Cabañas, El Salvador, Mar 1 2017 (IPS) - The citizens of Cinquera municipality in Cabañas delivered a resounding vote against mining, on Sunday February 26th, when 98 percent of residents voted in favour of becoming El Salvador’s fifth “territory free of mining.”

“Mining companies have a wide field with major extension in other countries, and often they need to use the comparative law of other countries to be able to apply their practices here in El Salvador. But the truth is that El Salvador is a country so small that industrial mining is not viable,”Attorney for the Defense of Human Rights, William Iraheta told IPS.

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, but also has the highest population density, with 300 people per square kilometer. It is also he fourth most vulnerable country to climate change according to GermanWatch, with 95% of the population living in a high-risk zone. READ MORE 

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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...

The fight for the environment in El Salvador gets recognition in Los Angeles

Mining prohibition El Salvador - Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 17:11 PM

Francisco Coto - La Opinion For 13 years, Vidalina Morales and other environmental activists, led constant fight against a Canadian/Australian mining company which threatened the north of El Salvador. It is an activism that has brought both death threats and triumphs to Morales...

A Binding Treaty about corporations can be an instrument to guarantee the respec…

Pacific Rim/OceanaGold - Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 16:11 PM

Dario Bossio - Iglesia y Minería “Historically we have known the dealings of the corporations in our lands, in our countries. We have known firsthand how human rights are violated in our territories. Before these violations happened, and up to this date...

Conservative candidate Carlos Calleja against mining in El Salvador

Mining prohibition El Salvador - Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 15:11 PM

Translated from Ultima Hora Carlos Calleja, the candidate to the presidency for the Republican Nationalist Alliance, ARENA party, considers himself to be a true environmentalist and has declared he is against mining in El Salvador. He made the statements through his social...

Cross border mining will be the next phase of the anti-mining struggle in El Sal…

Cerro Blanco - Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 15:11 PM

Gloria Silvia Orellana - Diario CoLatino "My mother was the daughter of miners and when I told her everything that happened here (in El Salvador) she told me that when her father finished working (in a mining project) the area was left...

OceanaGold announces it will stay in El Salvador despite prohibition

Pacific Rim/OceanaGold - Thursday, 27 July 2017 - 23:07 PM

P. Cabezas Members of the National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining demanded the immediate removal of Australian/Canadian OceanaGold mining company of El Salvador after the Attorney General's Office reported that the mining company Oceana Gold had paid the $ 8 million dollars...

PRESS RELEASE: To the national and international public opinion

Media Releases - Friday, 21 July 2017 - 22:07 PM

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...

In Mining-Affected Communities, Water Is Becoming More Precious Than Gold

Mining prohibition El Salvador - Monday, 26 June 2017 - 23:06 PM

By Jen Moore : MiningWatch Canada Latin America is slowly winning the fight against the corporate assault of transnational Canadian mining companies El Salvador made history last month when it became the first country to ban metal mining outright. In what’s become a decade-long annual...

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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...

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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...

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