Reporting on the conflict between the mega mining project Conga and the people of Cajamarca, Peru
Yesterday, members of the European Union Parliament, asked the President of Peru, Ollanta Humala to definitively abandon the Conga project “Already there has been too much violence against a peaceful resistance in Cajamarca and it is time to listen to local communities,” concluded the letter of Catherine Grèze, European Deputy, Coordinator of the Development Committee of the European Parliament. European Congresswoman refers to social conflicts in the country as a result of imposing a prejudiced extractive model on local populations and expressed her concern about the case of the Conga project, which has raised a strong opposition from local populations and that peaceful resistance has already cost the lives of five people who died in July 2012, following police repression, she stated in her letter. She also raised the issue of the police repression which the Guardians of Lagunas have suffered again on May 28th – resulting in the injury of a villager, Mr. José Guillermo Cueva Huamán by police serving the Yanacocha mining company, also referred to in the letter was that last April, the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) raised its voice expressing concern at the criminalization of protests in Peru. The letter can be summarized in the following points:
· The Peruvian government terminates the Conga mining project definitively because it will irreversibly affect the ecosystem and water source for hundreds of thousands of people;
· That the Peruvian government put an end to the violence against the people and their leaders;
· That the Peruvian government respects international conventions, especially the Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the demands and decisions of local populations.
The letter is also addressed to the ministers of Energy and Mines and the Minister of Interior mentioning that the established conditions with the Peruvian government to implement the Free Trade Agreement of Peru with the European Union was to build a path to a sustainable Peru and concludes: “The deputies of the European Parliament look very closely at what is said in the Roadmap, and we see a fundamental contradiction with what is happening in Conga”.
To see the full letter (in spanish) click here.