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Bummed out that you missed the anti-mining delegation?

Don't worry! On this short webinar, delegates and Salvadoran partners who participated in the historic San Jose Las Flores community consultution to ban mining in the municpality will give a report about the proceedings and the impact it will have on the Salvadoran struggle against mining. 

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Dear Mr. Wilkes,

We, the_______ are writing this letter out of concern for the communities of Cabañas and the people of El Salvador.  We urge Oceana Gold to drop its lawsuit against the government of El Salvador and abandon its plans to develop the El Dorado project or any other mining activity in El Salvador. We are asking you to live up to your commitment to respect human rights and communities’ right to free, prior, and informed consent and listen to the people of Cabañas and El Salvador who are actively opposing the mine due to the risks this project poses to their lives and livelihoods. Salvadoran civil society and government- have declared their opposition to mining of its potential to affect their very limited water sources.  We urge you to listen and respect the sovereignty of this country.

We have a long history of sistering with the community of ______ in__(department)__ since _(year)_, working side by side with the people of el Salvador as they work to create a more just, safe society in El Salvador.  The El Dorado mining project would be a step backwards from all the important advances that have been made by the Salvadoran people since the Peace Accords in 1992. A large part of our sistering work has been fighting against US intervention that undermines El Salvador´s sovereign right to create policies and to the democratic process, and we ask that you support the same.

We look forward to your prompt response to the issues outlined here.

Sincerely,

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Dear Mr. Jim Yong Kim,

We, the_______ are writing this letter out of concern for the communities of Cabañas and the people of El Salvador, who have expressed collectively and through various mediums over the past several years their resistance to mining projects in El Salvador for health and economic reasons. Nevertheless, PacificRim/OceanaGold is using ICSID to subvert a democratic nationwide debate over mining and environmental health in El Salvador. When it comes to such issues, local democratic institutions should prevail, not foreign corporations seeking to exploit natural resources.

We have a long history of sistering with the community of ______ in__(department)__ since _(year)_, working side by side with the people of el Salvador as they work to create a more just, safe society in El Salvador.  A large part of our sistering work has been fighting against US intervention that undermines El Salvador´s sovereign right to create policies and to the democratic process, and we ask that you support the same.

These matters should not be decided by the World Banks’ investor state arbitration tribunal or any other foreign tribunal. To make things worse, in the course of Pacific Rim’s intervention in the political affairs of El Salvador, four anti-mining activists have been murdered in the project area. We urge you to review the role of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and to determine if it supports the Bank’s mission of ending poverty and promoting responsible and sustainable economic development.

We urge you to undertake this review through an open process with public hearings and the ability for mining affected communities and their allies to present evidence of the harm done by corporations using the investor - state arbitration process to undermine the public interest laws and regulatory structures in countries of the Global South.

We stand with the people of El Salvador in their demand that their domestic governance processes and national sovereignty be respected. The Pacific Rim ICSID arbitration is a direct assault against democratic governance.  We stand on the side of democracy.

Sincerely,

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The International Allies Against Mining in El Salvador call on our friends and allies to support the National Roundtable against Metallic Mining and mining-affected communities in El Salvador to take a stand against Canadian-Australian mining company OceanaGold. 

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