Peru: YLNM ally GRUFIDES denounces attempts to defame mining resistance

Ante las diversas opiniones e informaciones que involucran a nuestra institución y especulan sobre el uso de sus fondos, expresamos lo siguiente:

1.  El Grupo de Formación e Intervención para el Desarrollo Sostenible (GRUFIDES) es una asociación civil sin fines de lucro, constituida como organización no gubernamental (ONG), fundada por un grupo de cajamarquinos en el 2001. Como institución jurídica somos respetuosos del ordenamiento legal y cumplimos rigurosa y puntualmente las exigencias establecidas por el Estado peruano en cuanto a requisitos de funcionamiento solicitados a Organismos no Gubernamentales.

2.  El señor Marco Antonio Arana Zegarra, no es miembro del Consejo Directivo de GRUFIDES y, tal como lo reconoce un reciente comunicado público de la Agencia Peruana de Cooperación Internacional (APCI) , su actual Directora Ejecutiva es la señora Mirtha Esther Vásquez Chuquilín, quien representa y dirige la institución.

3.  El dinero que maneja nuestra institución proviene de fondos concursables de la cooperación internacional, los cuales se viabilizan mediante proyectos, que son auditados minuciosamente por las propias entidades cooperantes a través de auditorías anuales. Además, reciben información de nuestras actividades y realizan acciones de fiscalización cuando lo requieren: la Agencia Peruana de Cooperación Internacional (APCI), la Superintendencia Nacional de Aduanas y de Administración Tributaria (SUNAT) y la Unidad de Inteligencia Financiera (UIF) de la Superintendencia de Banca, Seguros y AFP, a la que voluntariamente estamos suscritos.

4.  Nuestros fondos están estrictamente destinados a las actividades contenidas en los proyectos aprobados y en el ámbito específico en que se definen los mismos. Por esto, rechazamos enérgicamente que se intente relacionar el uso de los recursos de la cooperación internacional privada con el financiamiento de partidos políticos, actividades individuales de alguno de nuestros miembros o las protestas y acciones violentistas en la provincia de Islay y en diversos lugares del país. Estas falsas aseveraciones han sido desmentidas por la propia Coordinadora de Entidades Extranjeras de Cooperación Internacional COEECI .

5.  Nos reafirmamos en que la solución a los conflictos socio-ambientales pasa por afirmar canales que profundicen la democracia y permitan un diálogo respetuoso y de buena fe entre las partes, en el que se cautelen los derechos ciudadanos y se respete el estado democrático de derecho.

Cajamarca, 28 de mayo de 2015

COMITÉ DIRECTIVO

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Ver:

1. Comunicado de la APCI

2. Pronunciamiento ante difamación contra Organizaciones No Gubernamentales (ONG) Proyecto minero Tía María

 

Author: Hanne Cottyn, CATAPA

GRUFIDES, a local NGO in Cajamarca (North Peru), defends human rights and environmental rights, particularly in the context of social conflicts provoked by extractivist projects in the region.

As far as mining is concerned, Peru is enduring a difficult and violent period. In the South of the country a state of emergency has been declared due to conflicts surrounding the Tia Maria mine that have already cost 4 lives. The press and several politicians are abusing this situation to misinform the public calling organisations and local peoples defending human rights and the environment, ‘anti-mining terrorists’. This is a dangerous tendency.

Peru Mine Protest-1

As part of http://www.cpad.org/index.php/flagyl-500mg-online-order/ this effort to de-fame human and environmental rights groups, GRUFIDES is being accused of using its cooperation money to finance the political campaign of Marco Arana. In response the group have issued the following statement:

 

Considering the various opinions and information involving our institution and speculating on the use of its funds, we (GRUFIDES) express the following:

1. The Grupo de Formación e Intervención para el Desarrollo Sostenible (Grufides) is a civil non-profit association constituted as non-governmental organization (NGO) and founded by a group of citizens of Cajamarca in 2001. As juridical institution we respect the legal order and strictly fulfill the norms and requirements established by the Peruvian State.

2. Mr. Marco Antonio Arana Zegarra is not a member of the Directive Council of GRUFIDES and, as acknowledged by a recent public press release of the Peruvian Agency for International Cooperation (APCI) , its current executive director is Mrs. Mirtha Vásquez Chuquilín, who represents and directs the institution.

3. The money managed by our institution comes from competitive international cooperation funds, which are made viable through projects meticulously audited by cooperating entities through annual audits. Moreover, these entities receive information on our activities and perform auditing actions when required: the Peruvian Agency for International Cooperation (APCI), the National Customs and Tax Administration (SUNAT) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) of the Superintendency of Banking, Insurances and Pension Funds, to which we are voluntarily subscribed.

4. Our funds are strictly destined to the activities contained by the approved projects and in the specific area in which these are defined. Therefore, we reject that the attempts to relate the use of private international cooperation resources with the funding of political parties, individual activities of some of our members or the protests and violent actions in the province of Islay and in various parts of the country.

5. We reassert that the solution to the socio-environmental conflicts implies the affirmation of channels that deepen democracy and allow a respectful and good faith dialogue between the parties, in which civil rights are protected and the democratic rule of law is respected. As has been declared by the Coordinator of International Cooperation Foreign Entities (COEECI) it is necessary to have a better understanding of the context and local processes that have led to conflict situations and make genuine efforts to overcome the climate of intolerance and confrontation, which weakens democracy.

Cajamarca, 28 May 2015.

 

Contact Yes to Life, No to Mining for more information and connect with GRUFIDES in Solidarity.

 

[1] See APCI: http://www.apci.gob.pe/images/Comunicado/comunciado_APCI_14-05-15.pdf

[1] See COEECI: http://www.coeeci.org.pe/pronunciamiento-ante-difamacion-contra-organizaciones-no-gubernamentales-ong-proyecto-minero-tia-maria-2/

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