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4 Oct 2016


“Yanacocha Independent Fact Finding Mission”

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…International non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have reported that the human rights of Ms. Maxima Acuña de Chaupe in Peru are at risk because of a land dispute between her and Minera Yanacocha S.R.L, of which Newmont Mining holds a 51% interest. NGOs have expressed concern that the risks to Ms. Acuña de Chaupe’s rights are connected to the behavior of the mining company. Linked to this, questions have been raised about Newmont’s adherence to international human rights standards. In particular, it has been alleged that Yanacocha’s relationship with Peruvian security forces was inconsistent with the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, which led to threats, intimidation, and possible eviction of Ms. Acuña de Chaupe from her home. The commitment of Newmont to its stated human rights principles has been questioned…As a result of these concerns, Newmont requested RESOLVE, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to multi-stakeholder consensus building, to provide a concept on a fully independent fact finding mission.