Reporting on the conflict between the mega mining project Conga and the people of Cajamarca, Peru
PLATAFORMA INTERINSTITUCIONAL CELENDINA BRINGS THE CASE OF CONGA TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL OF THE UNITED NATIONS
The secretary general of the Plataforma Interinstitucional Celendina (PIC), Milton Sanchez Cubas, traveled yesterday to report on the Conga case to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations – the highest human rights institution, based in Geneva, Switzerland. He was invited by the French organization FRANCE LIBERTES – a foundation which has advocated for and defended the right to water over the past 15 years, and comes after a collaboration of a year and a half between the organization and PIC representative Raquel Neyra, during which time five declarations were presented reporting on the case of Conga, and now Chadin 2.
This Friday, September 13, during the 24th session of the Council in Geneva, Switzerland, Milton Sanchez will report the case to the ambassadors of the countries represented at the Council at an event organized by FRANCE LIBERTES. He will have interviews with different rapporteurs and UN High Commissioners (OHCHR) who have granted him an audience. Also, an interview has been requested with the Peruvian ambassador to the Council to further highlight the call of the people of Cajamarca who are defending their right to water and to bring to the fore the human rights violations perpetrated by Peru in this case. As we know, because of their participation in this just campaign, five people have been killed, many have been injured and hundreds have been criminalized and charged; violating the rights established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of Indigenous Peoples, amongt others. Alongside the Conga case, Friends of the Earth France will report on the Bujugali mega dam project in Uganda.
This 5th declaration has been signed by 16 international organizations.