CAFTA Investor Rights Undermining Democracy and the Environment: Commerce Group Case

Public Citizen Global Trade Watch

The Commerce Group Corporation attacked El Salvador’s environmental policies under the CAFTA when the company’s environmental permits for gold mining in Northeastern El Salvador were revoked. In 2010, the company pushed a claim of compensation from the country. In El Salvador, political leaders, civic groups and local communities have increased concerns about mining issues.

Bringing Community perspectives to investor-state arbitration: the Pac Rim case

Orellana et al., 2015

There is an ongoing democratic debate in El Salvador in relation to metals mining and sustainable development. This is a description of the Pacific Rim case and the role of anti-mining organization, La Mesa, a coalition of community organizations, research institutions, and non-profit organizations advocating against metals mining in El Salvador in this investment dispute.