El mensaje resonó alto y claro en El Salvador: ¡Sí a la Vida, No a la Minería Metálica!

The message reverberated well and clear in El Salvador: Sí a la Vida No a la Minería Metálica!

La red Sí a la Vida, No a la Minería YLNM, una alianza global de movimientos y organizaciones que se oponen a la minería destructiva y persigue alternativas al extractivismo, felicita a salvadoreñas y salvadoreños por haber logrado la aprobación parlamentaria de una ley que prohíbe la minería metálica en El Salvador.

No a la Minería en el Parlamento de El Salvador

YLNM reconoce que esta victoria tendrá un enorme impacto positivo, no sólo para El Salvador, sino para naciones y movimientos de todo el mundo, especialmente en Latinoamérica. En un momento en que la poderosa industria extractiva global se está imponiendo a naciones y comunidades, la ley contra la minería metálica en el Salvador muestra que la población y sus gobiernos pueden reafirmar su soberanía nacional para decidir cómo quieren utilizar y conservar su riqueza natural, y el tipo de camino al desarrollo desean tomar. La ley se contrapone directamente al interés de la minería corporativa de controlar y explotar los recursos minerales en aras de la obtención de beneficios privados.

Entendemos que la votación que ha significado el éxito de la nueva ley es el resultado de un movimiento popular fuerte y amplio en El Salvador. Este movimiento se compone de campesinos e indígenas, mujeres, jóvenes, profesionales y religiosos que unidos quieren defender el agua, bosques y tierras de la intrusión destructiva de la minería corporativa.

Durante más de una década, la gente de El Salvador y su gobierno han confrontado a la minera australiano-canadiense OceanaGold, frustrando la intención de la compañía de saquear y contaminar El Salvador. La población salvadoreña ha mostrado su decisión de proteger agua, tierra y vida ganando el proceso contra OcéanaGold en el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones (CIADI) en el Banco Mundial en octubre 2016.

YLNM cree que la prohibición de la minería metálica, si se implementa con éxito, llevará a El Salvador de ser un país devastado ambientalmente y con escasez de agua, a ser uno de los más balanceados ecológicamente y potencialmente a ser una de las economías más vibrantes de América Latina.

De nuevo expresamos nuestras cordiales felicitaciones y nuestra solidaridad eterna a la población de El Salvador que ha ayudado a convertir esta ley en una realidad.

 

Sí a la Vida, No al Extractivismo. Primero la gente y el planeta, antes que las ganancias corporativas

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The Yes to Life No to Mining Network (YLNM), a global alliance of movements and organization opposing destructive mining and pursuing alternatives to extractivism, congratulates the Salvadoran people for passing a national law banning metal mining in El Salvador.

No a la Minería en el Parlamento de El Salvador

YLNM recognises that this victory will have a huge positive impact, not only for El Salvador, but for nations and movements around the world, especially in Latin America. In a period when the powerful global extractive industry is imposing itself over nations and communities, the law against metal mining in El Salvador shows that peoples and their governments can assert their national sovereignty to decide on how they will utilize and conserve their natural wealth, and what development pathway they will take. The law directly counters the interest of corporate mining in controlling and exploiting mineral resources for the sake of private profit.

We understand that the successful passage of the new Law is the result of the strong, broad-based people’s movement in El Salvador. This movement is made up of peasants, indigenous peoples, women, youth, professionals and religious people who have united to protect their water, forests and lands from the destructive intrusion of corporate mining. For more than a decade, the Salvadoran people and their government have successfully fought the Australian-Canadian miner OceanaGold, foiling the company in its quest to plunder and pollute El Salvador. El Salvadorans showed their resoluteness to protect water, land and life when they won their case against in OceanaGold in the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank on October 2016.

YLNM believes the law banning metal mining, if successfully implemented, will take El Salvador from being an environmentally devastated and water-scarce country to being one of the most ecologically balanced and vibrant economies in Latin America.

Again, we express our warmest congratulations and eternal solidarity towards the people of El Salvador who have helped make this law a reality. 

Yes to life, no to extractivism. People and planet first, before profit. 

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