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Peru: Community rights have been affected by associations between extractive companies and the police

Author: Wayka, Published on: 15 March 2019

[Excerpt translation from Spanish provided by Business and Human Rights Resource Centre]

Between the companies that contracted with the Peruvian National Police [PNP] to receive private security service are the Minera Antamina [part of BHP Billiton], the Minera Yanacocha [part of Newmont, Buenaventura and Sumitomo], the Minera Las Bambas [part of MMG, part of China Minmetals], Doe Run [part of Renco], Petroperú and Southern [Copper, part of Grupo México]. The report mentioned identifies problems derived from the collaborations between the PNP and the extractive companies. One of them is the privatization and marketing of police functions. “The discretional conduct of the PNP, which allows itself to commercialize its own services, is arbitrary and, as such, unconstitutional in the light of judicial ordainments,” is said. Furthermore, it’s said that “the agreements represent a prohibited company-state activity.” After everything, as the report states, there exist various private companies that could provide security to the extractive companies. The biggest impact of the collaborations between the PNP and the extractive companies results in a violation of the guarantee of fundamental rights. It would relate to privatized police service and harms of public interest. The report highlights cases that exist in a context of socio-environmental conflict. There, the most affected are people who “live in the zones of direct and indirect influence of the extractive projects, and, in a serious way, to indigenous peoples and land, territory and the environment defenders” …

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Related companies: Antamina (joint venture BHP, Glencore, Teck Resources, Mitsubishi Corporation) BHP (formerly BHP Billiton) China Minmetals Compañia de Minas Buenaventura Doe Run (part of Renco) Glencore Grupo México Las Bambas (part of MMG) Minera Yanacocha (joint venture Newmont, Sumitomo & Compañía de Minas Buenaventura) Minerals and Metals Group (MMG) (part of China Minmetals) Mitsubishi Group Newmont (formerly Newmont Goldcorp) Petroperú Renco Southern Copper (part of Grupo México) Sumitomo Group Teck Resources