News Release

Advisory: International Tribunal to Issue Long-Awaited Decision on Mining Lawsuit Against El Salvador on Friday, October 14

After over seven years and millions of dollars of expenses, the controversial World Bank Group-based tribunal that has been hearing the case of PacRim Cayman vs. El Salvador will make its decision on the case public on Friday, October 14, in Washington, D.C.

Dozens of groups in El Salvador, the United States, Canada, Australia, and the Philippines, which have supported El Salvador's decision to stop issuing new mining licences, have been urging the tribunal to drop the case or to issue a ruling against the mining company. These groups, which came together in a network called International Allies (www.stopesmining.org) after the lawsuit was introduced in 2009, held protest actions in the different countries on Friday, October 7. Videos from the actions are below.

International Allies has supported the work of a national roundtable of organizations in El Salvador (La Mesa), which has opposed mining in the country and which has rallied the overwhelming majority of the public against mining. A 2015 poll commissioned by the University of Central America found close to four-fifths of Salvadorans opposed to mining. El Salvador has one major watershed, the Lempa River, which supplies water for over half the country's population. The river would be threatened by the toxic chemicals used in gold mining.

La Mesa and International Allies will release statements after the decision is released by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Friday, October 14, and leaders of these groups will be available to the press for comment.

For more information, contact:

AUSTRALIA

  • Kevin Bracken, Maritime Union of Australia - kevin.bracken57@gmail.com     
  • Sean Cleary, Edmund Rice Centre - sendwine@gmail.com, +  07-3376-8448

CANADA

  • Jen Moore, MiningWatch Canada - jen@miningwatch.ca, +1 613 569 3439
  • Rachel Small, Council of Canadians - rsmall@canadians.org,  *1 416-979-5554, 1-800-208-7156

UNITED STATES

  • Amanda Kistler, CIEL - akistler@ciel.org, +1 202 742-5832
  • Manuel Perez Rocha, IPS - manuel@ips-dc.org, + 1 240 838 6623
  • Robin Broad, American University - rbroad@american.edu, + 1 202 885 1478

Communities affected by mining in El Salvador demand the World Bank to release a favorable verdict on the Pacific Rim (OceanaGold) vs El Salvador case.
Communities demand a prompt resolution on the Pacific Rim case.