Joint letter to Newmont’s CEO regarding attacks on Máxima Acuña

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Lima, February 22, 2016

Mr. Gary J. Goldberg
Presidente and CEO
Newmont Mining Corporation

Dear Mr. Goldberg

You will be visiting Peru to participate in the Opening Plenary of the VII Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference, to be held between February 22nd and 25th in the city of Lima.

We celebrate the existence of an initiative like EITI that promotes transparency in mining, oil and gas activities, in which traditionally there have been a great degree of opacity and corruption. In addition, we commend that a mining company like Newmont is part of this initiative and promotes its existence and consolidation in the countries where it operates.

However, we sincerely regret and strongly oppose that, while you participate in the opening of an event that promotes transparency in the extractive industry, the company you head, Newmont Mining Company, and Buenaventura Mining Company, its partner in the Yanacocha mine, have, according to reliable sources, systematically and abusively violated the human rights of Mrs. Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and her family, peasants from the Celendín Province in the Cajamarca Region), who have refused to sell their lands to Yanacocha as they wish to remain small agricultural producers, and who have denounced the adverse human rights impacts of the Yanacocha and Conga mining projects.

There is no doubt that, as president and CEO of Newmont visiting Peru, you have prepared well before your trip and you are aware of the above-mentioned case. You would be aware that there have been reports of harassment and attacks on the rights of this family on the part the police and security personnel of the Newmont and Buenaventura mining companies for years now. You would know that Yanacocha is acting in violation of Newmont’s internal protocols and of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, voluntarily adhered to by the world’s top mining companies. You would know that on December 17, 2014, the Peruvian judiciary ruled that the Chaupe family was not guilty of illegal occupation of land, and that this case has also been taken to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States (OAS), which has issued precautionary measures in favor of the Chaupe family on the 5th of May ,2014.

Being well informed of your companies’ doings, you would know that in the last few weeks there have been new reports of attacks against the Chaupe Family by armed security personnel of the Newmont and Buenaventura mining companies (associates in Yanacocha), including physically sieging their lands preventing the family’s mobility; surveilling them with drones and violating their intimacy; physically attacking their pet; destroying their crops; etc.  [1]

Given the circumstances, we urge you to take effective measures towards ending the permanent harassment of the Chaupe Family, and to ensure that Newmont and Buenaventura cooperate in good faith to necessary and independent investigations in relation to these actions, in order for those responsible to be prosecuted.

It is only on the basis of strict respect for the human rights of populations living in the territories where extractive activities are carried out that we can lay the foundations for an open and responsible dialogue about the role of mining in socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable strategies to generate welfare for the people.


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  • Co-signatories

    1. Alternativa – Centro de Investigación Social y Educación Popular
    2. Amazónicos por la Amazonía (AMPA)
    3. Asociación Arariwa
    4. Asociación Civil Universidad Coherente
    5. Asociación Civil Centro de Cultura Popular Labor
    6. Asociación Derechos Humanos Sin Fronteras
    7. Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana (AIDESEP)
    8. Asociación Nacional de Centros (ANC)
    9. Asociación para la Investigación y Desarrollo Integral (AIDER)
    10. Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH)
    11. Centro Amazónico de Antropología y Aplicación Práctica (CAAAP)
    12. Cáritas del Perú
    13. Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas (CBC)
    14. Centro de Culturas Indígenas del Perú (CHIRAPAQ)
    15. Centro de Educación, Organización y Promoción del Desarrollo (CEOP) Ilo
    16. Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Regional (CEDER)
    17. Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo y la Participación (CEDEP)
    18. Centro de Estudios y Promoción del Desarrollo (DESCO)
    19. Centro de investigación y promoción del campesinado (CIPCA) Piura
    20. Centro Ecuménico de Promoción y Acción Social (CEDEPAS) Cajamarca
    21. Centro Ecuménico de Promoción y Acción Social (CEDEPAS) NORTE
    22. Centro para el Desarrollo del Indígena Amazónico (CEDIA)
    23. Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)
    24. Colegio Economistas Loreto
    25. Confederación Campesina del Perú (CCP)
    26. Confederación General de Trabajadores del Perú (CGTP)
    27. Confederación Nacional Agraria (CNA)
    28. Confederación Nacional de Mujeres Organizadas por la Vida y el Desarrollo Integral (CONAMOVIDI)
    29. Consejo de Coordinación Local Provincial (CCLP)
    30. Consejo de la Prensa Peruana (CPP)
    31. Consejo Machiguenga del Río Urubamba (COMARU)
    32. CONVEAGRO – Convención Nacional del Agro Peruano
    33. Comisión de Justicia Social de la diócesis de Chimbote
    34. CooperAcción – Acción Solidaria para el Desarrollo
    35. Cooperativa Norandino
    36. Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDDHH)
    37. Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR)
    38. Descosur
    39. Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
    40. ERigths International (ERI)
    41. Federación Enfermedades Peruanas (FEPER)
    42. Federación Internacional de Derechos Humanos (FIDH)
    43. Foro Ecológico del Perú
    44. Forosalud – Foro de la Sociedad Civil en Salud
    45. Fundación Ecuménica para el Desarrollo y La Paz (FEDEPAZ)
    46. Fundación para el Debido Proceso (DPLF, por sus siglas en inglés)
    47. Grupo Propuesta Ciudadana (GPC)
    48. Grupo Internacional de Trabajo sobre Asuntos Indígenas (IWGIA) (Dinamarca)
    49. Instituto de Defensa Legal del Ambiente y el Desarrollo Sostenible (IDLADS)
    50. Instituto del Bien Común (IBC)
    51. IPSA - Instituto de Promoción Social Amazónica (La Voz de la Selva)
    52. Natural Resource Governance Institute – Latin America Regional Office
    53. Organización Nacional de Mujeres Indígenas Andinas y Amazónicas del Perú (ONAMIAP)
    54. Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT)
    55. Organización Regional Aidesep Ucayali (ORAU)
    56. Organización Regional de los Pueblos Indígenas del oriente ORPIO - Loreto
    57. Paz y Esperanza
    58. Consorcio Nacional para la Ética Pública (Proética)
    59. Programa Laboral de Desarrollo (PLADES)
    60. Red de Vigilancia del Presupuesto Participativo de Cajamarca
    61. RED MUQUI PERÚ- Red de Propuestas y Acción
    62. Red Peruana por una Globalización con Equidad (RedGE)
    63. Reflexión Democrática
    64. Rocío Silva Santisteban Manrique - DNI 07822730
    65. Salud Preventiva Andina
    66. Servicios en Comunicación Intercultural Servindi (Perú)

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