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HRD Attack

Milton Sánchez Cubas Plataforma Interinstitucional Celendina (PIC)

Incident date
March 6, 2017
Date accuracy
All Correct
Indigenous peoples
Target: Individual
Location of Incident: Peru
Company Sector: Metals & steel, Mining
Company Location: Peru
Company Sector: Metals & steel
Company Location: Peru
Company Sector: Mining
Company Location: United States of America
Company: Sumitomo Group
Company Sector: Diversified/Conglomerates
Company Location: Japan
Company Responses: Minera Yanacocha (joint venture Newmont, Sumitomo & Compañía de Minas Buenaventura), Compañia de Minas Buenaventura, Newmont (formerly Newmont Goldcorp), Sumitomo Group
On March 6 2017, the trial re-opened against 16 community leaders opposed to the mining mega-project Conga, after the 2nd Provincial Criminal Prosecutor's Office of Celendín filed an indictment in which a sentence of up to 36 years in prison is sought, as well as the payment of a file of ten thousand soles by each accused. Among the accused is the environmental leader Milton Sánchez Cubas, secretary general of the Plataforma Interinstitucional Celendina (PIC), who was a beneficiary of precautionary measures granted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) because of various threats to his life and personal integrity. The trial is allegedly a result of the struggle of the local communities against the mining company Yanacocha, owned by Newmont Mining Corporation, Buenaventura and the International Finance Corporation. According to the Latin America Solidarity Centre, Sánchez has faced some 50 court proceedings but has never been convicted.