ASOQUIMBO hailed the news as another major triumph for their resistance efforts. We reiterate our solidarity with their struggle and that of environmental defenders across the region facing similar harassment and criminalisation.
On 29th March 2017 legislators in El Salvador approved a blanket ban on all metal mining activities in the country – the first country in the world to do so. The historic vote came just six months after a World Bank tribunal ruled in favour of the country’s government in an international investment arbitration case brought by a Canadian mining corporation.
In March 2017 social movements in El Salvador achieved a major victory - the approval of a complete ban on all metal mining in the country, the first country in the world to do so. This momentous socio-environmental struggle shows us that the powerful don't always win, and that it's possible to win against the strategies of corporations hell bent on expanding their destructive extractive projects. It leaves us with many important lessons for other similar struggles in Latin America and around the word.