Reporting on the conflict between the mega mining project Conga and the people of Cajamarca, Peru
Earlier this month, the Peruvian government faced a number of serious allegations of permitting abuse of human rights, made before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The commissioners expressed concern that the government is making a “disproportionate” response to citizens’ protests – many of them being directed at the mining activities or plans. Within days of the IACHR hearing, two men were killed during the violent eviction of about 500 “illegal” gold miners in northern Peru. And community leaders in Espinar province demanded a contribution of some US£58 mllion a year from Xstrata‘s Tintaya-Antapaccay copper mine.
(Above posted by London Mining Network)