To change a BIT is not enough

Report by Both ENDS. 2015. How do globalised ‘free trade’ agreements entrench inequalities and perpetuate ecological destruction? This 2015 report includes a case study examining the impact of mining industry lobbying in Indonesia and the application of Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in a legal conflict between Newmont and...

VICTORY! OceanaGold loses ISDS claim against El Salvador

VICTORY! OceanaGold loses ISDS claim against El Salvador

Australian mining company OceanaGold has lost its attempt to claim $284 million in compensation from El Salvador’s government via the World Bank’s secret trade court. This is a major victory for local communities resisting gold mining in El Salvador and for other resisting OceanaGold’s operations around the world. A collection...

Philippines: Indigenous Peoples Rally in Support of El Salvador against Oceana Gold

Philippines: Indigenous Peoples Rally in Support of El Salvador against Oceana Gold

Amianan Salakniban News Release, October 10, 2016  KASIBU, NUEVA VIZCAYA – Around 50 indigenous peoples from Nueva Vizcaya and Ifugao staged a protest action in front of the gates of the open pit mining site of Oceana Gold Philippines Incorporated (OGPI) in Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya last Saturday to call...

All that Glitters is Not Gold: Resisting Mining Plunder in The Philippines

All that Glitters is Not Gold: Resisting Mining Plunder in The Philippines

By Clemente Bautista. 22/07/2016 In 2008, Australian junior mining company Lafayette went bankrupt after failing to commence commercial mining in the Philippines. And in 2015, the fourth biggest mining company in the world, Glencore Xstrata, was forced to make its own exit from the Philippines, despite the years it spent attempting to...

Why Mining Corporations Love Trade Deals

Why Mining Corporations Love Trade Deals

Originally posted on the HuffPost Blog. 21st June 2016. By Ben Beachy Senior Policy Advisor, Responsible Trade Program, Sierra Club. From the salmon-spawning waters of Alaska to the cloud forests of Ecuador, communities are standing up to mining projects that threaten their health, environment, and livelihoods. But mining corporations are fighting back...

US and Canadian Mining Companies Seek to Sue Colombia for $16.5billion

US and Canadian Mining Companies Seek to Sue Colombia for $16.5billion

Originally posted by IAReporter. March 9th 2016 Following a request to the Republic of Colombia for disclosure of any disputes notified under the United States-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Colombia’s Ministry of Trade has released a recently-filed notice of arbitration under that agreement (click to download). The notice dated February...

The Rise of Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the Extractive Sectors: Challenges and Considerations for African Countries

The Rise of Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the Extractive Sectors: Challenges and Considerations for African Countries

Published by The South Centre   African countries have been active in concluding international investment treaties. They are increasingly subject to investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) cases, including claims that challenge regulatory actions of host countries in a wide range of areas, including public services and race relations. At the same...

TPP will harm campaign to protect tribal land from mining.

TPP will harm campaign to protect tribal land from mining.

Originally published by Yes! Magazine on 05/01/2016. Defending Otter Creek The air was hazy from distant wildfires on August 29 when a gift arrived on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeast Montana. Carvers from the Lummi Tribe in Washington state brought a totem pole as a sign of support for...

Free Trade Agreement 101

Free Trade Agreement 101

  • Written on: 17 November 2015
  • Posted under: Videos

YLNM members Common Frontiers have created a new short video (available in French and English) that provide a basic overview of the global Free Trade Agenda.  The videos draw attention to mining company Oceana Gold’s attempt to sue the government of El Salvador for rejecting gold mining under an Investor State Dispute Settlement FTA...

El Salvador vs Pacific Rim: The Price of Saying ‘No’ to a Gold Mine

El Salvador vs Pacific Rim: The Price of Saying ‘No’ to a Gold Mine

Shared by YLNM member group MUFRAS-32. Originally published by The Argentina Independent, by Claire Nugent. El Salvador is defending itself against a US$301m lawsuit filed after it blocked a mining project to protect the country’s heavy-polluted water supply. The imminent verdict will set a precedent amid a growing trend of...