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Glencore subsidiary in UK High Court battle over human rights abuse claims in Peru

Author: Leigh Day, Published on: 28 October 2017

Villagers from Peru will attend the High Court in London on 31 October 2017 at the start of a 10-day legal hearing involving claims being brought by 22 Peruvians.

...The claimants say that Xstrata Ltd (London) and its Peruvian subsidiary, Xstrata Tintaya S.A., should be held liable for alleged human rights violations perpetrated by the Peruvian National Police (PNP) during an environmental protest at the Tintaya copper mine in May 2012.

Two of the protestors were killed and a number of them were severely injured, assaulted and unlawfully detained by the PNP during the protest...

At the time of the protest the mine was owned by Xstrata Tintaya S.A. (since renamed Compañía Minera Antapaccay S.A.), a subsidiary of the London-based Xstrata Limited, which became part of Glencore in 2013...

...The claimants essentially allege that Xstrata is liable because it provided significant assistance to the PNP and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the use of excessive force by the PNP...

The allegations are strenuously denied by Xstrata, which maintains that PNP protection was necessary as thousands of protesters, many armed with traditional slingshots, were marching towards the mine.

Xstrata also maintains the PNP operate independently and that Xstrata had no control over the behaviour of the police...[Also refers to Monterrico Metals (part of Zijin)]

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Related companies: Monterrico Metals (part of Zijin) Zijin