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Peru: Govt. grants concessions to Dorato Resources, Rio Blanco Copper - indigenous tribes say they "endanger natural resources, right to life & health"

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Author: Elízabeth Prado, La República [Perú]

...Otro de los acuerdos que tomaron los apus de las cinco cuencas de la amazonía norte...es el retiro indefectible de la empresa minera Dorato de la Cordillera del Cóndor, frontera con Ecuador...Leandro Calvo, presidente de Orpian, dijo...que esta decisión fue tomada ante la violación, por parte del gobierno, del Convenio 169 de la OIT, así como de la ley constitucional que niega la presencia de empresas extranjeras en zonas de frontera.

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13 August 2009

Government opens up mining concessions near Ecuador border

Author: Magali Zevallos Ríos, Latin America Press

[B]oth the Peruvian and Ecuadorian governments are granting concessions along [their] border…The largest concession in this border area of Peru will be run by...Dorato Resources…The area where the company will operate in Peru is the ancestral home of the Awajun and Wampis indigenous communities, which…protested a series of investment decrees issued by the government to promote investment on their native lands…“The Peruvian state explicitly and systematically decides to favor extractive industries endangering the conservation of natural resources and the right to life and health of the indigenous populations...” Huaco [from organization Racimos de Ungurahui] said...Another miner operating on both sides of the border is Rio Blanco Copper [part of Montericco Metals, which is part of Zijin]…CooperAcción said both companies failed to obtain the free, previous and informed consent of the local communities.

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