• The peaceful resistance   of la Puya in Guatemala  vs. KCA
    The peaceful resistance of la Puya in Guatemala vs. KCA

    International Allies, such as IPS, MiningWatch Canada, CIEL, and Earthworks are collaborating with other international and Guatemalan organizations to support communities peacefully resisting the ‘El Tambor’ gold mining project.  As a result of the successful resistance that led to the suspension of the project, Nevada based KCA has launched a US$300M international arbitration suit against Guatemala under the terms of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA). MORE INFO

  •  Supporting the   implementation of the   mining ban in El   Salvador
    Supporting the implementation of the mining ban in El Salvador

    We have continued to support  the activities of member organizations of the National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining, a grassroots coalition that led  a local movement to prohibit mining in March 2017. Since the mining prohibition, local organizations have continued to advocate with government authorities measures to ensure a proper implementation of the prohibition laws. The environmental movement has now formed the National Alliance against the Privatization of Water to fight attempts by the Legislative Assembly to privatice the management and distribution of water resources as the new government of president Nayib Bukele moves the country towards a more bussiness friendly environment.  MORE INFO

  • Following the tracks of   OceanaGold in the   Philippines
    Following the tracks of OceanaGold in the Philippines

    While OceanaGold has left El Salvador, the company still owns projects around the world that are facing community resistance. In nueva Vizcaya, Philippines, communities affected by the Didipio mine have been been resisting since 2007. The company has been linked to human rights violations such as failing to obtain free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) from local indigenous communites, forced demolitions, pollution of rivers, unjust conditions of workers, illegal arrests and defamation against environmental activists and community leaders who oppose the mine. Currently,  IPS and Miningwatch Canada are supporting a coalition of communities, state government institutions and environmental organizations such as Alyansa Tigil Mina and the Kalikasan people´s Network as they fight to prevent OceanaGold from having its permit renewed. MORE INFO

  • Extraction Casino report in Colombia
    Extraction Casino report in Colombia

    In 2016, after massive protests led by the Committee in Defense of the Water and the Santurbán Highland, Colombia's Constitutional Court put the final nail in the coffin to a large gold mining project let by Canadian company Eco Oro. The court decided that no extractive activities could take place in the high-mountain ecosystems known as the ‘páramos’. As a result, Eco Oro Minerals is suing Colombian state for $764 million USD. The Comité and Colombian social organizations are now ready to mount a campaign, with international support, to dennounce the unjust lawsuit.

  • 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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Delegation

September 22, 2014, San Jose las Flores -Chalatenango

We, the International Observer Delegation, comprising of 15 representatives from North, Central, South America and New Zealand, acknowledge the results of the municipality of San Jose Las Flores community consultation on mining.

The community referendum was highly organized and a good example of transparency and accountability. As observers, we witnessed the community members running an effective electoral process and practice due diligence. They provided the necessary information and assistance required by community members who wished to cast a vote. 

 

The international observer delegation would also like to acknowledge the efforts by the rest of the community who ensured that all basics needs were met in order to raise the standards of the community consultation. Their contributions are reflected in the success of this highly-democratic process.

In this historic day, Mayor Felipe Tobar revealed that the community members of San Jose Las Flores voted overwhelmingly to say no to mining throughout their territory. 99% of those who voted, express clearly their wish to become a Territory Free of Mining.

We support the people from Chalatenango and El Salvador, as they exercise their decision making by a participatory democratic process, and wish them continued success in this inspiring community-led endeavor.

Angelica Alfaro,             Humboldt Centre, Nicaragua

Amy Browne                 Sister Cities, US

Aurora Connley             Bad River First Nation, Wisconsin, US

John Cutfeet                 KI First Nation, Ontario, Canada

Xiomara Gaitan             RENACAMIH, Honduras

Meredith DeFrancesco   Sister Cities, US

Mike Helms                  OXFAM America, US

Chris Hufstader            OXFAM America, US

Paul Manley                 Council of Canadians, Canada

Sidney Mitchell,            Sister Cities, US

Omar Navarro             Sister Cities, US

Tania Sosa                  Humboldt Centre, Nicaragua

José Valdivia               KEPA, Nicaragua

Jim Wallace                 Sister Cities, US

Annette Young,            Independent, New Zealand                         

Danilo Zuleta,              El Escobal Resistance Movement, Guatemala

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