Pacific Rim/OceanaGold

National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining demands justice in the case of murdered environmentalists

Marisol Miranda: CoLatino

2Ambientalistas asesinados 1 660x330Although 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 the commemoration ceremony of the eighth anniversary of the murder of environmentalists in San Isidro, Cabañas.

Eight years after the murders of Marcelo Rivera, Dora Alicia Sorto (who was eight months pregnant) and Ramiro Rivera, committed between June and December 2009, relatives and members of La Maraña Environmental Association, ADES and the National roundtable against Metallic Mining still demand justice.

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Can Victory Over Irresponsible Mining in Central America Spur a Win in the Philippines?


OceanaGold was stunningly defeated in El Salvador last March. Can it be defeated in the Philippines by 2019?

Can el salvador victoryIn March 2017, the small nation of El Salvador took a huge step towards protecting its environment for present and future generations when its legislature passed a law outlawing all metals mining. It was a momentous vote – a vote heard round the world.

Indeed, that vote ricocheted across the Pacific to the Philippines, which has emerged as one of the hot spots in the global fight of “water protectors” to end destructive industrial mining. In November 2017, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte surprised many by listening to the call of strong peoples’ movements as he declared that a ban on new open pit-mining would remain in place. This, despite a concerted campaign by the country’s mining interests to end that ban.

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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


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.     

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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