Peru: More than 200 days of conflict in the mining corridors of Cusco and Apurímac

Author: OCMAL, Published on: 18 March 2019

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

At the end of Yavi (Cusco), property of the community in Fuerabamba (Apurímac), constant tension has been endured since the 22nd of August of last year. However, since last February 4th, the problem has worsened. From that date on, community members closed the vehicle pathway to the company MMG Las Bambas [part of China Minmetals], the second most important mining company in the country…A conflict that is considered by the practitioners as one of the most concerning ones in the country for its persistence. Today marks 209 days since the beginning of the conflict…Fuerbamba believes that its private property was violated by reclassification of the highway space as a national road crossing through its own territory, in Yavi, through a ministerial resolution published on the 23rd of may in 2018 by the Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MTC)…For this reason, some 500 community members, according to the Board of Directors of Fuerabamba, moved to this zone of Cusco with their families. In this space, located three hours from Nueva Fuerabamba, at the site of the district of Challhuahuacho (Apurímac), huts of hay were stacked on the side of the road at the end of August of last year…In Yavi, 123 kilometres from Las Bambas, there are no rocks to impede transit—the community members themselves obstruct the mining vehicles--, but the problem could result in serious consequences…

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Related companies: Las Bambas (part of MMG) Minerals and Metals Group (MMG) (part of China Minmetals)