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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 the Latin American Network of Women Defenders of Social and Environmental Rights express our concerns about the effects of extractive industries in the region.

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ICSID on the bench of the accused

Rufo Valencia - Radio Canada International

Manuel Perez Rocha interviewed by Radio Canada International. Click here to hear the interview. 

manuelOne year ago, an international coalition of civil society organizations, where Mining Watch Canada participated, released a press statement entitled: “There are no winners in the Pacific Rim Mining Company VS El Salvador”.

The statement focused on the arbitration of the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a court of the World Bank, which ruled, on 14th of October 2016, in favor of El Salvador in a lawsuit filed by the Canadian mining company Pacific Rim.

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Mining company continues lobbying efforts to repeal Anti-Mining Law

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 Responsibility" of OceanaGold, formerly Pacific Rim) is doing in Cabañas, a department in the north of El Salvador.

According to these organizations, the foundation is promoting a political rapprochement aimed at achieving a legislative balance of power that will enable, in the future, the repeal of the Law against Metallic Mining that was approved last March.

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Collective reflections towards the UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations with respect to Human Rights

 Marta Rivas

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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 Centre (CETIM), Friends of the Earth International, La Via Campesina and Human Rights and Business Centre/UFJF (HOMA), organized a side event on "Testimonies of Affected Communities: Collective reflections towards the UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations with respect to Human Rights"

Marta Rivas from the Association for the Economic Development of El Salvador presented testimonies about the impact that mining corporation Pacific Rim/OceanaGold generated in Cabañas as a result of its El Dorado mining project.     

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

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, who arrived this week in Los Angeles to receive the Environmental Justice award from the organisation CARECEN in representation of the National Roundtable against Metallic Mining.

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A Binding Treaty about corporations can be an instrument to guarantee the respect of our rights and territories

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, we were not in possession of a judicial instrument that can help communities to access justice and have companies respect and not prey on our rights and our territories. In that sense, I consider of utmost importance that we can constitute of this legal tool and obtain access to it. In the measure that we can have this tool and give it life, and make it real, it will not be just an empty promise.”

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