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2009 – IACHR grants precautionary measures on behalf of community defenders opposing El Dorado mine

On 7 October, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) granted precautionary measures to members of the Association Friends of San ISidro (ASIC) and the community Radio Victoria as well as a local priest after they had received threats believed to be in reprisal for their activism in defence of the environment in San Isidro and for filing complaints against the local public administration. The IACHR issued the measures requesting the Salvadoran State take the necessary steps to guarantee the safety of the beneficiaries.

Type of Action / Tipo de Acción:
International and Regional Treaties and Procedures
Extractive Project / Proyecto extractivo:
Region / Región:
Central America
Country / País:
El Salvador
Natural Resource / Recurso natural:
Gold, Silver
Jurisdiction / Jurisdicción:
Inter-American System
Category of Key Actors in Legal Action / Categoría de actores claves en la Acción Legal:
Grassroots Movements, State Institutions
Human Rights Violated/Claimed:
Right to defend rights, Right to safety and personal integrity
Key Legal Actors Involved / Actores jurídicos clave involucrados:
Salvadoran Government, Association Friends of San ISidro (ASIC), Radio Victoria
Year Action Started / Año de inicio:
References / Referencias:

IACHR, “Medidas Cautelares otorgadas por la CIDH durante el año 2009”, dated 2009, online:, accessed 4 May 2022.