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Peru: Oxfam asks Newmont to address alleged human rights abuses related to Yanacocha Gold Mine

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30 July 2007

Oxfam Calls on Newmont Mining Company to Publicly Renounce Human Rights Abuses at Peruvian Gold Mine

Author: CSR Wire

…Oxfam America today called on the Newmont Mining Company to address human rights abuses surrounding its Yanacocha Gold Mine [también parte de Buenaventura] in northern Peru...last year, Marco Arana and Mirtha Vasquez of GRUFIDES, a Peruvian organization working on behalf of local communities affected by the Yanacocha mine, received anonymous death threats and were subject to video surveillance…An investigation...uncovered that individuals with ties to the security firm FORZA, which Newmont hired to provide security at Yanacocha, were involved in the surveillance…While Newmont has denied any involvement in the harassment or surveillance, the company has not made a public statement formally distancing itself from these human rights abuses.…Last month…villagers…entered Yanacocha property… [to protest] the company's failure to pay them for work on a potable water project. They were forcibly evicted by FORZA agents...Local human rights organizations and church groups have raised concerns about the excessive force used…Oxfam is calling on Newmont to respect the human rights commitments it has made…

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Author: Ricardo Morel, Gerente Asuntos Externos y Comunicaciones, Yanacocha

Nos gustaría agradecer a su organización por la oportunidad de responder a la carta firmada por el padre Marco Arana y su ONG, Grufides, de fecha 5 de febrero del 2007. Permítanos expresar claramente que respetamos los derechos humanos de todas las personas, sin importar si son partidarios o críticos de nuestras actividades mineras...[L]a continua campaña del padre Arana aduciendo que Yanacocha [parte de Newmont y Buenaventura] se encuentra involucrada en un esfuerzo de eliminar la oposición asesinando líderes de la comunidad o activistas ambientalistas es altamente irresponsable y absolutamente falsa.

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