Oxfam hailed today’s passing of a law banning metallic mining by the Salvadoran government. The law comes after years of violence and social tensions around mining in the country and strong opposition to mining from more than 77% of the country’s population.
The number of murders, attacks, and acts of repression against human rights activists in Latin America has reached historic levels, according to a report published today by Oxfam.
Oxfam hailed today’s ruling against mining company OceanaGold, which effectively ended the company’s lawsuit against El Salvador for not granting it a mining permit.
About 60 million people across the world face worsening hunger and poverty due to droughts and crop failures that have been exacerbated by the El Niño weather system in 2015/6. This short report gives a voice to some of the people that Oxfam is working with in Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, El Salvador and Papua New Guinea.
900,000 people in El Salvador do not have access to proper food and 1.5 million people do not have access to drinking water. However, this reality can be changed.
Since 2013, an outbreak of coffee rust disease in a large proportion of El Salvador's coffee plants has affected the food security and livelihoods of families dependent on day labour on coffee plantations
Central American countries contribute little to climate change, but will endure some of its most negative consequences.
Oxfam warns that in spite of the advances made in the last decade, Latin America and the Caribbean remains the region of highest wealth inequality in the world. Its elites continue to accumulate extreme wealth and excessive power.