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Friday, 08 November 2013 13:42

Environmental defence activist from El Salvador to speak in Sydney

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An environmental activist from El Salvador, Vidina Morales, will be the guest speaker at the upcoming AFTINET Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 5:30pm.

The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) will hold its annual general meeting at The Finance Sector Union, Level 2, 321 Pitt Street Sydney. The event will feature Vidina Morales, one of the leading voices in the environmental defence movement who will give a talk at 6pm, "Investor Rights to Sue and Gold Mining in El Salvador."

Vidalina Morales is a small scale farmer and a mother of five from El Salvador. In 2006 she discovered that her community was under threat from the El Dorado mining project by Canada-based mining company, Pacific Rim.

After widespread community protest, the government in El Salvador suspended mining licences for environmental and public health reasons. Pacific Rim is now using investor-state dispute settlement in a trade agreement to sue the government because of this legislation. An Australian company, Oceania Gold, has a major shareholding in the company. Vidalina will speak on behalf of anti-mining group La Mesa.

“Instead of a law allowing Pacific Rim to sue our government, they should be sued. The company should be made to pay for all the damage they’ve caused to our environment and our community,” said Vidalina.

These same investor rights to sue are the same ones that AFTINET is campaigning against in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and other trade agreeements.

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Learn more about the work of AFTINET here.