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Une décision juridique historique met fin à l’exploitation aurifère au Costa Rica

Après une longue et difficile campagne, les activistes du Costa Rica ont célébré une victoire historique avec le jugement rendu par un tribunal interdisant et pénalisant la multinationale canadienne responsable et interdisant l’exploitation des mines d’or à ciel ouvert, faisant ainsi du Costa Rica le premier pays à s’être libéré de cette dangereuse industrie dans l’ensemble des Amériques.

The Administrative Court examining the Crucitas mine case yesterday issued a ruling on the environmental damage made by the Canadian multinational and the State's implication through the various irregularities committed by both the government of Oscar Arias and the Ministry of Environment.

Five issues were highlighted in the
Dispute Tribunal's ruling:

1. Canceling the mining concession granted to Industrias Infinito

2. Annulling the decree of public interest and national convenience issued to the mine by the government of Oscar Arias.

3. Environmental sustainability and the Environmental Impact Assessment approved by the National Environmental Technical Secretariat (SETENA)
to be annulled.

4. The Public Ministry has been ordered to investigate whether there is criminal responsibility on the part of former President Arias, the former Environment Minister Roberto Dobles, by former Secretary of SETENA, Sonia Espinoza, the project's Environmental Regent Sandra Arredondo, and by the ombudsmen of the mining company.

5. It ordered the company to immediately repair the environmental damage caused to date and the payment of damages

This resolution represents a historic victory for social movements, environmental, student and community that for years have been waging an unequal battle to prevent multinational mining companies installed in Costa Rica.

This resolution adds to the mining moratorium decreed by the government of Laura Chinchilla stopped all paperwork and applications for new permits and also passed a historic mining reform recently passed by Congress in Costa Rica permanently prohibiting open pit gold
mining in the country making Costa Rica the first country  free of this dangerous industry throughout the Americas.

Read the complete judgement on the spanish version of this page