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10 May 2016


Peru: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights urges govt. to protect 14 additional people affected by Doe Run’s toxic pollution

“IACHR urges Peru to protect 14 additional people affected by pollution in La Oroya”

...The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) urged the Peruvian government to protect the life and integrity of 14 additional people affected by toxic pollution in the city of La Oroya. They join the 65 people already protected by precautionary measures granted by the international body in 2007. The decision reaffirms that the health of the beneficiaries has deteriorated severely, they continue to be at risk, and their government must provide prompt and adequate care…The Interamerican Association of Environmental Defense (AIDA)-together with the Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH), the Centro de Derechos Humanos y Ambiente (CEDHA) and Earthjustice-represents the victims who benefit from the precautionary measures before the Commission…A metal smelter operated by Doe Run Peru [part of Renco] is the source of the heavy metal contamination in La Oroya. ..Consult the IACHR resolution (in Spanish) that extends the precautionary measures.