News from Peru

The international expert report about Conga - now what?

Protest against the international report - april 17, 2012


The long-awaited international expert report on the Environmental Impact Assessment of the Conga mining project was presented Tuesday the 17th of April. The three international experts, José Martins Carvalho, Luis López García and Rafael Fernández Rubio, handed over the 260 pages to Óscar Valdés, the president of the Council of Ministers.

Why did the government of Peru initiated this expert report?

PERU: Property Destruction and Intimidation of Peasant Family by Yanacocha Mining Company

foto gepubliceerd door Yanacocha

Cajamarca, Peru – 6th February 2015

Chaupe case, Peru: Yanacocha's appeal for annulment declared INADMISSIBLE

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(translation from Prensa Muqui, February 4th 2015)
In the middle of the unease and controversy generated by the violent incursion yesterday by the security forces of the mining company Yanacocha in the land occupied by the Chaupe family, which the company claims to be its property, the Judiciary of Cajamarca emitted the following communiqué:

Pronouncement of the People's Summit (Cumbre de los Pueblos Cajamarca). Celendín, October 25th 2014

On October 25th 2014, urban, rural, peasant and indigenous community members, leaders, activists and authorities from different parts of Peru gathered in Celendín, Cajamarca region, and agreed upon a powerful pronouncement with important claims and announcements the Peruvian state and the international community, and particularly to the COP20 Climate Summit and the alternative People's Summit in Lima.



Yanacocha, Conga, Cerro Quilish: a small update on manifold problems

Rondas Campesinas April 2014

In Cajamarca province in Peru plans to open new mines are constantly under development, and local people, environmentalists and human rights activists are in a continuous struggle. Until now local communities could book several stage wins in their struggle to protect Cerro Quilish. They have been fighting for years to prevent the mountain turning into a polluting pit as they witnessed with Yanacocha mine, situated just about 5 km North-East of Cerro Quilish. The mountain is part of the cultural identity of the inhabitants and of spiritual importance to them.

The Owners of the Land - Relive a DocuLatino 2014 evening!

The last evening of DocuLatino 2014 in Gent was a special one- film maker Juan Javier Rivera Andia had come to present and explain his four video installations that make up the documentary The Owners of the Land.

Stranger than Fiction: the Conga Mining Project

Whether you approach it socially or technically, to lawyer Mirtha Vásquez and engineer Reinaldo Rodríguez it is beyond dispute that the Conga mining plan in its present form is absolutely irresponsible and must not be carried out. Putting gold before water, the implementation of the project will have a huge and irreversible social and ecological impact. These two Peruvian guest speakers came to Belgium for a 2-week tour of lectures, informative evenings, lobby meetings and workshops.

Hunger strike in Cajamarca

The 18th of June, on the 19th day of the regional strike against the Conga mining project, a hunger strike was initiated. This dramatic method of non-violent resistance shows the despair of some protesters. It is an ultimate attempt to draw the attention of the Peruvian government, who has been ignoring the voice of the Cajamarcan people since the installation of the Conga project.

The strike in Cajamarca - rights violated


The strike in Cajamarca continues, day 15 was a sad day for democracy in Cajamarca, Peru. The strike intensified, when more delegations from different parts of the region came to Cajamarca to join the protest. All over the city people marched, making clear that they do not want the project to go through. The police responded with grave violence, this way violating a fundamental right to demonstrate. Tear gas was used excessively, people were beaten, journalists were harassed, their cameras were stolen, … . Over 10 people were injured (official numbers differ), 6 people were arrested and held incommunicado.

The Conga impasse - high stakes, high risks


After the publication of the international expert report, president Humala announced that the Conga project is viable, if the mining company is willing to adjust the exploitation plans to the environmental recommendations, proposed by the experts. One of the main recommendations is the preservation of two mountain lakes, that, according to the company’s original plans, normally would had to be displaced. How did the different stakeholders respond to this statement?