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The Human Rights Agenda in the Case of Las Bambas

Author: CooperAcción (Perú), Published on: 25 April 2019


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

Today the Mesa de Justicia y Derechos Humanos (Table for Justice and Human Rights) has been installed in the zone of influence of the project Las Bambas [part of MMG, part of China Minmetals]. This topic has to do with various points: the situation of criminalised leaders, the humanitarian support to the victims’ families due to the conflict and the investigations about those deaths…To understand the topic of criminalisation and what is at stake, it is necessary to remember that the mining company Las Bambas and the population in its surrounding area have a relationship that in many moments has resulted in protests, leading to conflict…We have understood that there are processes that have existed since 2012 and that until now have not been resolved…In relation to the conflict of December 2015 there is a judicial process and a fiscal investigation. The fiscal investigation has included the principal provincial leaders, something that led the dialogue process in 2016…among other crimes they are accused of illicit association for committing protests as they belonged to the Frente de Defensa de los Intereses y por el Desarrollo de Cotabambas (Defence Front of the Interests and Development of Cotabambas)…In 2016 there was a new conflict, adding to the already existent conflicts. It is presumed that based on those facts there are lawsuits. The problem is that there is no registry in a Public Ministry database concerning those cases that could allow determining how many the accused actually are responsible…      

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