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30 Mar 2015

Meera Karunananthan, The Guardian

El Salvador: Human right to water could prioritize access for local communities over mining companies

“The human right to water: Salvadoran NGOs and a global campaign”, 25 Mar 2015

…In terms of access to water, El Salvador is the third most unequal county in Latin America and the Caribbean…But now a powerful coalition of NGOs and community groups is attempting to get access to water enshrined in law as a human right…It would affirm the primacy of local access to water supplies and ecosystem needs over foreign interests. Although the current government has vowed to maintain a de facto moratorium on metal mining that has been in place since 2008, without binding legislation environmental groups fear that this stopgap measure will not provide the long-term water strategy the country needs…In the meantime… communities…are declaring themselves as territories free of mining through municipal laws…[It refers to Aurora Mineral Resource Group]