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Briefing: Investment Rules in Trade Agreements Who Benefits? The Case of Mining in El Salvador

Cannon House Office Building 27 Independence Ave SE, room 401, Washington, DC

Community leaders from El Salvador will be in Washington to receive the 2009 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on behalf of the National Roundtable on Mining. This broad coalition of environmental, faith-based, and community activists has successfully worked to block permits for potentially environmentally devastating mining in El Salvador.

The coalition will speak about the investor-state suits recently filed under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) by U.S. and Canadian mining companies against El Salvador. They will also discuss their work to oppose mining, and the attacks and threats that they and other members of the National Roundtable have suffered in El Salvador.


Representatives of El Salvador’s National Roundtable on Mining: William Castillo, Center for Research on Investment and Trade (CEICOM); Francisco Pineda, Environment Coordinating Committee of Cabañas
Sarah Anderson, Global Economy Project Director at the Institute for Policy Studies. Anderson will report on her recent experience serving on an official advisory committee to the Obama administration on bilateral investment treaties (BITs). The administration is currently reviewing the U.S. Model BIT, which includes rules that are similar to those in the investment chapter of CAFTA and other trade agreements.
Rep. Michael Michaud, Democratic Congressman from Maine and the lead sponsor of the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act. One provision of the TRADE Act would ensure that trade agreements no longer permit foreign investors to sue governments in international tribunals over domestic regulatory policies that protect public health and the environment.
Stephanie Burgos, Oxfam America (moderator)

For more information on this event, please contact Manuel Perez-Rocha, Institute for Policy Studies, at or (240) 838-6623 (mobile). For more information on the struggle over mining and the investor-state cases, read El Salvador's Gold Fight, a Foreign Policy In Focus commentary.

This event was organized by the Institute for Policy Studies, Oxfam America,and the Washington Office on Latin America, and sponsored by Rep. Michael Michaud (D-ME).

The Cerro Blanco Mine and The Border Region of El Salvador and Guatemala

Consolate of El Salvador 2332 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC

The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and the Committee in Solidarity with the people of El Salvador (CISPES) invite you to a presentation about the implications of Mining projects in a key Central American region.

Impacts of Mining in El Salvador

Festival Center 1640 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC

Join us for a light meal and a community meeting with Sandra Ascencio, representing the Salvadoran National Roundtable on Metallic Mining (La Mesa).

Latin America Rises Up

Pace University 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY

Join IPS Associate Fellow, Manuel Pérez-Rocha as he presents at Left Forum 2013 on resistance to mega mining across the Americas.

Brown Bag Discussion with Yanira Cortez

Oxfam America 1101 17th Street, NW, Suite 1300, Washington, DC

Join this roundtable discussion with El Salvador's Deputy Attorney for the Human Rights Ombudsman Office, Yanira Cortez about mining.

Brownbag: Pacific Rim Mining Company vs. El Salvador

Center for International Environmental Law 1350 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC

The Institute for Policy Studies joins the Center for International Environmental Law, and Oxfam to invite you to the D.C. community discussion on the amicus curiae brief in the Pac Rim Cayman LLC v. Republic of El Salvador case.


Protest: World Bank’s ICSID Hearing Lawsuit Against El Salvador

World Bank 1818 H Street, NW, Room MC C1-110, Washington, DC

Join Institute for Policy Studies’ Global Economy Project and other allies on El Salvador's Independence Day for a demonstration to say "yes" to life, "no" to mining by protesting the free trade agreements like the TPP!

Rally: End ICSID and Stop Fast Track Trade Deal!

Edward R. Murrow Park corner of H Street NW and 18th Street NW, Washington, DC

Tell the World Bank and the U.S. Government: “END POVERTY -- NOT DEMOCRACY!” “END WORLD BANK TRIBUNALS -- NO FAST TRACK!”

Celebrating Tireless Work for El Salvador

Washington Ethical Society 7750 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Join IPS and Washington Ethical Society to honor three guests for their courage, commitment and service in bringing international attention to the issue of precious metal mining in developing countries worldwide.

Celebration of El Salvador Victory Over Metallic Mining

Institute for Policy Studies 1301 Connecticut Avenue NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

Join us for a moment to honor all the hard work that went into the defeat of the Pacific Rim / Oceana Gold mining company.