VICTORY! Peruvian Supreme Court Acquits Máxima Acuña de Chaupe

VICTORY! Peruvian Supreme Court Acquits Máxima Acuña de Chaupe

Press Release. 3 May 2017 Earthworks – Sum of Us Washington, DC — Today, the Supreme Court of Peru upheld a lower court decision in favor of local farmer Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and her family in their fight to protect their land near the proposed Conga gold mine. The Conga...

Support Maxima Acuna: Sign an open letter to Yanacocha mining company and the Peruvian government

Support Maxima Acuna: Sign an open letter to Yanacocha mining company and the Peruvian government

  • Written on: 13 October 2016
  • Posted under: Campaigns

A subsistence farmer in Peru’s northern highlands, Máxima Acuña and her family are standing up for their rights to peacefully live off their lands, which are sought by Newmont and Buenaventura Mining to develop the Conga gold and copper mine. In recent weeks, Maxima and her family have experienced a new...

Peru: Maxima Acuña and Partner Attacked by Mining Firm’s Guards

Peru: Maxima Acuña and Partner Attacked by Mining Firm’s Guards

Originally posted by Telesur. 18/09/2016. Campesino activist Acuña refused to sell her land in 2011 as the Yanacocha firm was setting up the largest gold-mining project in South America. Peru’s internationally-renowned environmentalist Maxima Acuña and her partner were severely hurt Sunday morning in an attack by alleged hitmen hired by...

One woman’s victory against a mining giant in Peru

One woman’s victory against a mining giant in Peru

Originally published by New Internationalist on 27/05/16 Máxima Acuña has just won the Goldman Prize for her resistance against a gold mine – but why are women’s bodies on the frontlines of resistance to extractivism? asks Sian Cowman. Máxima Acuña, a farmer from Peru’s northern highlands, recently won the 2016...

Jaime Chaupe, husband of Maxima Acuña, reports gunshots fired at family home

Jaime Chaupe, husband of Maxima Acuña, reports gunshots fired at family home

Originally published by Conga Conflict on 25.04.16 Maxima Acuña, who has just returned to Peru after winning the world-renowned Goldman Environmental Prize, fears for the life of her husband, Jaime Chaupe. Jaime reported by mobile phone that he heard gunshots outside his home on two separate occasions tonight, 24th April,...

Peruvian farmer wins 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize for fighting world’s 2nd largest gold miner to a standstill

Peruvian farmer wins 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize for fighting world’s 2nd largest gold miner to a standstill

Originally published by Earthworks on 18/04/16. Máxima Acuña de Chaupe wins prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize Peruvian farmer Máxima Acuña de Chaupe today won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her ongoing fight to protect her home and community from the Conga mine. The announcement came as Newmont (NYSE: NEM) removed...

Peru: ALERT Renewed attacks against Máxima Acuña de Chaupe

Peru: ALERT Renewed attacks against Máxima Acuña de Chaupe

An appeal from YLNM member group LAMMP. Please stand in solidarity with Máxima and her family, and sign this Urgent Action by Thursday 11th February 2016 by emailing leilah@lammp.org Peruvian rural woman human rights defender, Máxima Acuña de Chaupe is experiencing renewed attacks from mining company Yanacocha. These acts of aggression were...

Wampis Establish First Autonomous Indigenous Government in Peru

Wampis Establish First Autonomous Indigenous Government in Peru

Originally published by Indian Country on 24/01/16.   This will allow us to defend our forests from the threats of logging, mining, oil and gas and mega dams. The Wampis people of Peru recently created the nation’s first Autonomous Indigenous Government, which does not seek independence from Peru but intends...

Anti-mining protesters occupy downtown Cusco

Anti-mining protesters occupy downtown Cusco

Originally published by Peru Reports on 20/01/16.   Quechua and Catholic Locals Protest the Granting of Mining Leases on Sacred Land Thousands of protesters demonstrated in Cusco’s downtown plaza to demand the repeal of dozens of mining licenses in a sacred region of the Quispicanchi province. Protest leaders say that...

‘Cowfunding’: Support the Acuña-Chaupe Family to protect their lands

‘Cowfunding’: Support the Acuña-Chaupe Family to protect their lands

  • Written on: 04 January 2016
  • Posted under: Campaigns

A campaign from YLNM member group CATAPA.  In Peru, residents of Cajamarca, Celendín and Bambamarca have been protesting for years against ‘Conga’, a gold-mining project set up by mining company Yanacocha. This protest continues, with thousands of participants, due to the resoluteness of one family living in the heart of the...