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24 Feb 2016

Gene Matthews, Leigh Day

Hearing in London High Court in claim by Peruvians against mining firm

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Members of a local community in Peru are taking one of the world’s leading mining companies to the High Court in London claiming it is responsible for the killing, injury and unlawful detention of protestors demonstrating at the Tintaya mine…At the time the mine was owned by Xstrata Tintaya S.A. (renamed Companía Minera Antapaccay) a subsidiary of the London-based Xstrata Limited…Xstrata denies responsibility…In its Defence it states that whilst it paid a large fee to the Peruvian National Police (‘PNP’)…it…bears no responsibility for the actions of the PNP.  A preliminary hearing will take place on 25 February…Many protestors, who were opposing the environmental impacts and social effects of the mine, claim they were also assaulted, abused and unlawfully detained inside the mine compound.  The company denies that any violence took place within the compound…Three demonstrators were killed. The injured and relatives of those killed are represented by Leigh Day…Xstrata says it conforms to international guidelines on the risk of human rights abuses…“This company, whose headquarters are in the UK, must take full responsibility not only for the actions of its staff and private security forces but also for the direction and control the Claimants allege it exerted over the Peruvian National Police”…

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Peruvian community sue Xstrata in UK for alleged responsibility for deaths & injuries of protestors opposing mining activities

Xstrata lawsuit (re violent protests in Peru, filed in the UK)