Peru: Independent fact-finding mission’s report on Newmont’s Yanacocha conflict with Chaupe family asks the company to provide steps to reach agreement

Revolve’s NGO researchers undertook a 18 months fact-finding mission on the land dispute between Máxima Acuña de Chaupe’s family and Minera Yanacocha (joint venture Newmont & Buenaventura), including their mission report, which highlights the main issues of concern and makes recommendations to Newmont.  Newmont responded to the report.

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Author: Wayca

“Envenenan más de mil truchas de la familia de Máxima Acuña” – 5 de marzo de 2019

La familia de Máxima Acuña amaneció frente a una tragedia: más de mil truchas flotaban muertas en sus criaderos, luego de haber sido envenenadas…Según información que pudo alcanzar la ONG dedicada a la reserva del medio ambiente y defensa de los derechos de las comunidades campesinas, Grufides, la familia sospecha que se trataría de otro acto de hostigamiento en su contra…“Solo han muerto las truchas que se hallaban en la segunda poza, pero no corrió la misma suerte la otra poza, pese a que ambas se alimentan de la misma fuente de agua”, sostiene Grufides en su comunicado…Como se recuerda, anteriormente la familia Chaupe Acuña ha sido víctima de hostigamiento. Por ejemplo, en abril de 2016, Máxima Acuña responsabilizó a la minera Yanacocha [parte de Newmont, Buenaventura y Sumitomo] de los disparos contra su vivienda. Y es que como es de conocimiento público, Acuña le ganó un juicio a Yanacocha para defender su terreno, el cual quería ser usurpado por la minera.

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Perú: campesina ​Máxima Acuña demanda en Estados Unidos a gigante minera Newmont - 19 de septiembre del 2017

Una familia de campesinos peruanos demandó en Estados Unidos a la minera Newmont Mining Corporation, la mayor productora de oro de Sudamérica, acusándola de "abusos físicos y psicológicos", informó el martes la ONG patrocinadora del caso…Máxima Acuña de Chaupe y su familia presentaron la demanda el 15 de septiembre en una corte federal en el estado de Delaware, donde la minera estadounidense está registrada, representados por EarthRights International (ERI), indicó en un comunicado este grupo de defensa de los derechos humanos y la justicia ambiental…"Hemos presentado esta demanda para detener la intimidación y hostigamiento contra la familia Chaupe, para que puedan vivir tranquilamente y cultivar sus tierras", dijo el director de la ONG, Marco Simons, citado en el texto…Según ERI, los demandantes buscan detener "el hostigamiento sistemático y los abusos físicos y psicológicos" que la familia Chaupe sufrió por parte del personal de seguridad que trabaja para Newmont y sus afiliados.

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Author: Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros del Perú

“Carta de Máxima Acuña a Director de Minera Newmont por caso Conga”

Compartimos la carta abierta difundida recientemente por Máxima Acuña y su esposo Jaime Chaupe, dirigida al CEO y director de la empresa minera Newmont, Gary J. Goldberg, a la que pertenece Yanacocha. El contenido hace referencia a un informe realizado por encargo de la empresa respecto al conflicto con la familia Chaupe Acuña a raíz del proyecto minero Conga.

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4 October 2016

“Newmont Responds to Independent Report on Land Dispute in Peru”

Author: Newmont, Resolve

Newmont Mining Corporation…welcomed the public release of an independent report examining the ongoing land dispute in Peru between members of the Chaupe family and Yanacocha…“The complex land dispute between members of the Chaupe family and Yanacocha remains a concern for us, and we believe it is important to be truthful and transparent about the facts surrounding this issue,” said Dr. Elaine Dorward-King, Executive Vice President for Sustainability and External Relations. “Newmont appreciates the Yanacocha Independent Fact Finding Mission’s work over the last 18 months, and we intend to use their report to evaluate and improve our practices and, if possible, as a foundation for achieving a responsible solution that is consistent with our values, standards and international commitments.”..“While some of the findings in the report do not correspond with our view of the dispute, we recognize that in order to move beyond the current stalemate we must be open to understanding all perspectives, not just our own”…“We also would like to thank the members of the Chaupe family, their supporters and all of the other individuals and entities who participated in the interviews and cooperated with the independent mission,” Dr. Dorward-King concluded.

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4 October 2016

“Tragadero Grande: Land, human rights, and international standards in the conflict between the Chaupe family and Minera Yanacocha Report of the Independent Fact Finding Mission”

Author: Resolve

Newmont’s commissioning of the Yanacocha Independent Fact Finding Mission represents an initiative of human rights accountability. A commitment to the public release of findings was made at the outset and the governance arrangements agreed between RESOLVE and Newmont enabled the Mission to work independently and engage the family and the company without bias. The Mission has surfaced information that was not previously available to all parties and has highlighted where gaps remain. This provides a basis for engagement between the parties about the facts of the case. In the view of the Mission team, finding a pathway towards a solution in this case has been delayed by a dominant legalistic orientation, a lack of willingness to gather information on the root cause of the situation, and a preference for litigation over dialogue. Minera Yanacocha’s stated aim of opening a dialogue with the Chaupe family appears to be inconsistent with its actions. A starting point for a conversation would be to understand the family’s living conditions, talk to them about their situation, and commit to jointly clarifying gaps in the original land acquisition process. The Fact Finding Mission represents an effort by Newmont to advance understanding about the case. This effort will only contribute to a solution if there is willingness on the part of the company to reset the situation and open up a dialogue, and this is met with a positive response from the family.

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4 October 2016

“Yanacocha Independent Fact Finding Mission”

Author: Resolve

…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.

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