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19 Sep 2017

Cecilia Jamasmie, Mining.com

Peruvian farmer sues Newmont in US court over alleged use of violence, threats

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Peruvian farmer Máxima Acuña de Chaupe, a vocal opponent to Newmont Mining’s activity in her home country, is now suing the company in a US federal court over allegations it used violence and threats to try evicting her from her home to make way for its Conga gold and copper project.

The suit filed on Sept. 15 by Acuña and her family in Delaware, where Newmont is incorporated, seeks to stop “a pattern of harassment and physical and psychological abuse” they have allegedly suffered at the hands of security personnel working on behalf of Newmont and its affiliates…

In May this year, Peru’s Supreme Court ruled in her favour in a case in which Newmont had alleged she had illegally occupied the company’s property. However, two civil cases to determine ownership of the land are still winding through the courts…

"We continue to be respectful of the Chaupes while lawfully protecting our property rights, avoiding confrontation and respecting human rights," the company said in an email statement…

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Peruvian farmer sues Newmont over alleged threats and violence to evict her from land

Newmont Mining lawsuit (re indigenous rights in Peru, filed in USA)

Newmont Mining lawsuit (re indigenous rights in Peru, filed in USA)