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El Salvador government opposes Goldcorp mine

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The government of El Salvador has asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to help the country push for a halt of Vancouver-based Goldcorp's Cerro Blanco gold-silver project in southern Guatemala.

El Salvador's human rights defense attorney general, Oscar Luna, claims Cerro Blanco mine will greatly endanger the water quality in the Lempa River, which supplies not only Guatemala but also Honduras and El Salvador.

Luna has requested the commission for a special hearing to discuss the potential threats and asked it to “protect the locals” who have come forward, saying the project will affect them. He went on to say Cerro Blanco is a threat to their human rights.