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8 May 2018

EarthRights International

US court rules Peruvian farmers' lawsuit against Newmont over co's alleged attempts to forcibly evict plaintiffs from their land should be heard in Peru

"Peruvian Farmers Appeal in Fight to Hold Newmont Accountable in U.S. Court", 4 May 2018

...[A] federal court in Delaware decided that Maxima Acuña Atalaya and her family’s case against Newmont Mining Corporation, should be heard in Peru – not Delaware, where the company incorporated almost 100 years ago.  The court made this decision despite voicing concerns about evidence presented by the family showing the company’s significant and improper influence over Peruvian courts, and despite recognizing that the conduct of U.S. companies overseas raises substantial moral issues.  But the Chaupes remain undeterred.  Together with EarthRights International, they intend to appeal the district court’s decision...The Chaupes have indicated that they will exhaust all legal avenues that they believe are necessary to ensure that Newmont respects the human rights of those living in the Cajamarca region.  Since 2011, Newmont Mining Corporation, a U.S. company and one of the world’s largest gold producers, has led a campaign of harassment and abuse against the Chaupe family intended to force them off their land and to pave the way for a new open pit gold mine in Peru...After the Peruvian authorities failed to protect the Chaupes from physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Newmont’s security personnel, the Chaupes filed a lawsuit against Newmont in U.S. federal court in Delaware in September 2017.  The Chaupes sought an injunction asking Newmont to refrain from the abuse and reparations for the years of abuse they have endured...

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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)