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24 Sep 2018

Peru: More than 100 NGOs call on Supreme Court to overturn indigenous leader conviction for participation in protests against Santa Ana mining project

In 2011, local communities in the Puno region mobilized against the Santa Ana mining project, owned by the mining company Bear Creek. The protest demanded the cancellation of the project due to the risk of contamination of water sources and the lack of consultation of local communities.  There were clashes with the police that repressed the demonstration and, the government finally canceled the project. The company sued the Peruvian Govt. and the arbitration court asked it to pay 31 million US Dollars.  On the protesters, the Prosecutor’s Office of Puno initiated criminal proceedings against the main leaders, which led to the conviction of Walter Aduviri in December 2017.  Business & Human Rights Centre invited Bear Creek to respond to this trial and the company said that as it is not party in this case, it was “unable to provide any comment”.