Peru: Hudbay Minerals responds on arrest of two North American activists allegedly over their involvement in a documentary on impacts by its operations

Jen Moore - Canadá: Impacto de empresas mineras en A. Latina [Flickr]

Jen Moore and John Dougherty were arrested when presenting the documentary “Flin Flon Film Flam” in Cuzco; after interrogations, they were released and went back to Canada. NGOs expressed concern over this type of criminalization of defenders of the rights of nature. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Hudbay Minerals to respond.  The response is available.

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Article
9 May 2017

"Peru evaluates expelling two foreigners for 'inciting' anti-mine protests"

Author: Reuters

Peruvian police are evaluating the possible expulsion of two foreigners for "inciting" rural communities to protest against the Hudbay Minerals mining company, which owns a copper mine in the nation, the country's interior ministry said on Sunday…The police, the ministry said, had requested documents from U.S. citizen John Dougherty, 61, and Canadian citizen Jennifer Moore, 42, who entered Peru earlier in April while claiming to be tourists…Hudbay temporarily suspended operations at its Constancia mine in November, in the midst of protests by rural Peruvians, who blocked highways demanding development projects such as schools they said the company had committed to building.

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Article
9 May 2017

"Peruvian police detain filmmaker after showing documentary critical of Hudbay Minerals"

Author: John Dougherty in Investigative Media (USA)

The Peruvian National Police and immigration authorities detained InvestigativeMedia owner and filmmaker John Dougherty on April 21 after he finished screening his documentary film “Flin Flon Flim Flam” in Cusco, Peru…The documentary reports on Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals’ worldwide mining operations…More than a dozen plain-clothes officers surrounded Mr. Dougherty and Jen Moore, Latin American program coordinator for MiningWatch, Canada, on the street outside the Cusco Cultural Center and forced them into a vehicle without a warrant. They were taken to the immigration office in Cusco. In a statement released early Monday, Mining Watch, Canada detailed Mr. Dougherty and Ms. Moore’s unlawful apprehension.

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Article
9 May 2017

"What does Hudbay have to hide from Peruvians?: MiningWatch Canada Staff Member, US Journalist Arbitrarily Detained in Peru over Documentary About Hudbay Minerals’ Operations"

Author: MiningWatch Canadá

…At about 8:20pm on the night of Friday April 22, MiningWatch Canada’s Latin America Program Coordinator Jen Moore and US journalist John Dougherty were arbitrarily detained in Cusco, Peru after a successful public event screening a documentary film about Hudbay Minerals’ operations in Canada, the US, Guatemala and Peru. The two were surrounded by 15 to 20 national police officers, many in plain clothes, and a handful of migration officers, and taken into custody…Moore and Dougherty were then questioned about their immigration status and informed that their activities – showing a film and engaging in discussion with people about it – were not permitted under their tourist visas. They were released four hours later with an order to appear in court today to be charged.

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Company response
8 May 2017

Response by HudBay Minerals

Author: HudBay Minerals

All areas of corporate responsibility are serious and important.  They deserve care in administration by a company and substance in discussion by everyone. No concern is served by hyperbole, innuendo or baseless accusations. We reject in the strongest possible terms claims about Hudbay made with regard to the individuals in the material at link... Hudbay Peru has an arrangement with the Peruvian national police whereby the police provide periodic security to the Constancia operation. These arrangements are common at mining projects in Peru and they are directly contemplated and permitted by Peruvian legislation. When police come to Constancia they receive training on site in the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and Hudbay Peru’s expectation that the Principles are followed is made clear... Hudbay became aware of the April 22nd event as a result of subsequent social media and conventional media, largely the day after the detentions. Hudbay regards the video in question as lacking credibility, so we have no concern if or where it is shown. In summary, the existence of agreements between companies and police is not uncommon in Peru.  The events of April 22 were not directed or requested by Hudbay. 

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