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2014 Permanent People’s Tribunal Hearing

In June 2014, the Permanent People’s Tribunal held a hearing in Geneva to hear evidence provided by human rights defenders on eight extractive project cases, including El Dorado. The popular tribunal judges heard evidence of the potential impact of the mine on access to water sources and contamination as well as the consequences for agriculture and health. They were also told of Pacific Rim Corporation’s rejection of these allegations and the damages claim filed against the Government of El Salvador for refusing to allow the project to continue. The PPT hearing concluded with a general declaration calling for an international treaty to regulate transnational corporations and for companies to be held to account for violations of human rights, labour and environmental laws. 

Type of Action / Tipo de Acción:
Popular Tribunal Proceedings
Extractive Project / Proyecto extractivo:
Region / Región:
Central America
Country / País:
El Salvador
Natural Resource / Recurso natural:
Gold, Silver
Jurisdiction / Jurisdicción:
Permanent Peoples Tribunal
Category of Key Actors in Legal Action / Categoría de actores claves en la Acción Legal:
Civil Society Organizations, Grassroots Movements, Non-Governmental Organizations
Human Rights Violated/Claimed:
Right to water, Right to natural resources, Right to health, Right to a healthy environment
Key Legal Actors Involved / Actores jurídicos clave involucrados:
National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining in El Salvador (Mesa Nacional)
Year Action Started / Año de inicio:
References / Referencias:

Permanent People’s Tribunal, ‘Declaración: Audiencia del Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos, Ginebra”[AM1] , dated 23 de Junio de 2014, online:, 2 March 2022.