Peru: Las Bambas mining company executive refers to plan to evict indigenous communities who are camped on property
Date Reported: 27 Apr 2022
CompaniesChina Minmetals - Parent Company , Minerals and Metals Group (MMG) (part of China Minmetals) - Subsidiary
ProjectsLas Bambas - Operation
Total individuals affected: Number unknownCommunity: ( Number unknown - Location unknown , Mining ) , Indigenous peoples: ( Number unknown - Location unknown , Mining )
Response sought: Yes, by Journalist
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Source type: News outlet
"China-owned Las Bambas mine weighs plan to evict protesting communities", 27 April 2022
...Chinese-owned MMG...huge Las Bambas copper mine in Peru is considering a plan to evict indigenous communities that have camped on the property and forced a production halt, according to an executive and a document seen by Reuters.
Under Peruvian civil law, property owners can attempt to evict trespassers by force during the first 15 days after they have settled in the property. If that time period lapses, then they need to go through a lengthier legal process.
People from the Fuerabamba and Huancuire communities entered the mine on April 14 and pitched tents inside the property...
"It's still in the process of being decided," Carlos Castro, Las Bambas head of corporate affairs, said in a text message, when asked about the eviction plan on Tuesday. "The repossession defense can be exercised within the 15 days established by law"...
The document, which is addressed to Peru's chief of police, asks that law enforcement officials abstain from engaging in violence if the eviction attempt takes place, considering the presence of women, children and elderly people.
A government source confirmed that the eviction had been discussed but he said a final decision was likely to be made...
The Fuerabamba community was resettled to make way for Las Bambas, one of the word's largest copper mines, around a decade ago. The Huancuire community has sold land to Las Bambas...