On June 1, a tribunal at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), housed at the World Bank, dismissed a claim by Pacific Rim, a Canadian mining company, that the government of El Salvador had violated the rules of the Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA).
But it said it would continue to hear the case based on Pacific Rim's claim that El Salvador had violated its own Investment Law, approved in 1999 under the administration of President Flores.
Read a press release on the CISPES website.
Since 2009, the Vancouver-based company has been pursuing over $100 million from the government of El Salvador for not having granted the company a permit to mine gold in the northern region of Cabañas.
Review of the work of NSC and NSCAG
Many thanks to the 87 members who completed the online or paper survey or agreed to be interviewed for our review of the political focus, structure and functioning of both organisations. In addition to the survey, Rachael also interviewed 25 staff, EC members, Wales NSC and twin towns, partner organisations in Nicaragua and the UK and others who have lived and worked in Nicaragua. We very much appreciate your feedback and commitment to our work. The ECs of both organisations met on 19 May to discuss Rachael’s findings and recommendations so that they can take decisions on the recommendations at a meeting on 21 July.
Environment study tour to Nicaragua, 31 May - 13 June
Three places left! The group will spend one week visiting environmental projects in southern Nicaragua and participating in the National Fair for the Earth http://www.ferianacionaldelatierra.org.ni. During the second week, participants will live in the community of Guadalupe Abajo and participate in a community gardening project. http://www.mcnicaraguense.org
For details: http://www.nicaraguasc.org.uk
NSCAG trade union delegation to Nicaragua July 2012 (10 days, dates still to be fixed)
This delegation is part of NSCAG’s ongoing work facilitating solidarity links between UK and British trade unions.
EARLIER this year, members of the Environmental Network for Central America (ENCA) headed to Honduras to meet with our grassroots partners – some of whom face a shocking level of danger, ranging from death threats to persecution and prosecution for their opposition to illegal logging. They include people listed by the authorities after the first March for Life in June 2003, when thousands walked more than 170km from Juticalpa in Olancho department to Tegucigalpa, to demand an end to illegal timber operations.
IN RECENT MONTHS, the climate change debate has focused on highlighting the particular risks global warming pose to impoverished populations. A UN report released ahead of November's climate change conference in Nairobi warned that Africa is more vulnerable than feared, with 70 million people at risk from coastal flooding by 2080. Across the board, efforts are being stepped up to expose the injustice of how the worst effects of greenhouse gas profligacy are being suffered by those who emit the least and are inadequately equipped to deal with the consequences.