Conférence | Free the Santa Marta Water Defenders! Protect El Salvador Peace Agreement!

18 avril 2023
Visuel du webinaire · Avril 2023
In March 2017, El Salvador became the first country to ban open-pit mining – a huge win in a David-versus-Goliath story! This ban was the culmination of more than a decade of struggle of the Salvadoran people to protect their small country and its precious water from attack by global mining companies. Today, this ban is under threat. Communities are organizing once more after learning that the current government wants to resume mining in the country. Five human rights and water defenders who played a key role in the 2017 historic ban on metals mining were detained on January 11, 2023. These arbitrary arrests are deeply concerning as they violate both El Salvador’s internationally-recognized Peace Agreement and the National Reconciliation Law, both signed in 1992. The five water defenders were FMLN combatants during the 1980-1992 civil war in El Salvador. Without credible evidence, they have been charged with murder, unlawful deprivation of liberty, and unlawful association – alleged crimes that took place 33 years ago within the context of the civil war. Water protectors in El Salvador say these arrests are politically motivated and a strategy to demobilize strong community opposition to mining at this critical moment. Join the global movement for the release of 5 Santa Marta Water Defenders and to protect El Salvador’s Peace Agreement!

Date et heure : Mardi 18 avril 2023 à 23:00 (heure de Paris)
Lieu : Webinaire en ligne (en espagnol et en anglais)


With participation from:
- Vidalina Morales, environmental activist against mining and board member of Social & Economic Development Association of Santa Marta (ADES), El Salvador.
- Pedro Cabezas, Coordinator of the Central American Alliance against Mining (ACAFREMIN) and International Allies Against Mining in El Salvador
- Luis Parada, International Lawyer that represented El Salvador in the successful 2016 arbitration case at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)

You will learn about the Santa Marta 5 and how their story is connected to the broader struggle of the Salvadoran people for peace and water. You will learn how to become an ally in defending the Salvadoran Peace Agreement and protect the nation’s water. This webinar is organized by the International Allies against mining in El Salvador and will take place in Spanish and English with simultaneous interpretation.

Co-sponsors: CISPES, Earthworks, Institute for Policy Studies, International Allies Against Mining in El Salvador, MiningWatch Canada, PSAC Social Justice Fund, SHARE Foundation, Sisters of Mercy, United Church of Canada, Washington Ethical Society, and Washington Office on Latin America.

Voir la vidéo du webinaire.