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...

Peru – Mining and Human Rights Defenders

Peru – Mining and Human Rights Defenders

  • Written on: 10 December 2015
  • Posted under: Videos

This video, by Front Line Defenders, gives a good overview of the mining and human rights situation in Peru – especially its impact upon rural indigenous communities and their opposition. It provides a measured, but critical, take on the actions of the police and military then goes into more depth...

Peru Signs Bill to Protect 5,000sq Miles of Amazon from Mining

Peru Signs Bill to Protect 5,000sq Miles of Amazon from Mining

Originally posted by telesurtv. 09/11/2015. Turning a large portion of the Amazon into a national park will protect more than 5,000 square miles of the biodiverse woodland. Peru has turned a large portion of the Amazon basin into a national park in what will protect the biodiverse region from the...

Tapping into Peru’s mining conflict

Tapping into Peru’s mining conflict

  • Written on: 09 October 2015
  • Posted under: Videos

Originally broadcast by Al Jazeera. Pressure is mounting on the Peruvian government to resolve a mining dispute following deadly protests  that rattled the country’s southeast region. Locals are fighting a $7.4 billion copper mining project. They accuse the China-backed company MMG Limited (MMG) of changing  the Las Bambas project’s environmental plan and...

Peru: A “Long March Of Sacrifice” To Protest Mining Damage

Peru: A “Long March Of Sacrifice” To Protest Mining Damage

Originally posted by Worldcrunch. (Protesters marching on a highway in central Peru — Photo: Simón Bolívar Pasco Contigo Hacia el Progreso Facebook Page) CERRO DE PASCO — More than 2,000 children in Peru’s Pasco region have blood lead levels far higher than what the World Health Organization says is a...

Deforestation in Peru: Building a dramatic future in the Amazon and the Andean Region

Deforestation in Peru: Building a dramatic future in the Amazon and the Andean Region

Originally published by Council on Hemispheric Affairs on 28/09/2015. [For references, go to source]     Since the election of President Ollanta Humala in Peru in 2011 priority has been given to neoliberal policies, free trade agreements, integration into the Pacific market through the Pacific Alliance (with Mexico, Colombia and Chile),...

Qoyllur Riti tradition could be threatened by mining exploration

Qoyllur Riti tradition could be threatened by mining exploration

Originally published in Peru This Week on 18/09/15.   Mining exploration near Ausungate mountain range in Cusco is posing a threat to the Qoyllur Riti tradition.   Communities are denouncing that their rights have been violated by mining exploration currently taking place in the Ausungate mountain range area of Cusco. In...

Fighting Conga: an emblematic case – Perú

Fighting Conga: an emblematic case – Perú

Originally written by Gerald Lebrun The fight against Conga project, an emblematic case of resistance to large-scale mining in Peru. Introduction The fight against Conga project has become the most emblematic struggle against a mining project, emblematic by the determination and courage of a population that has resisted and continues...

Report: Oil Dependency and the Peruvian Amazon

Report: Oil Dependency and the Peruvian Amazon

In this report shared by YLNM ally Alianza Arkana and the Chaikuni Institute describes how- for more than 40 years- oil activity has brought destruction to the ecosystems and the indigenous people of four river basins, all major tributaries to the Amazon, which gives life to the biggest rainforest on...