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UK: Mining company Monterrico Metals settles case with Peruvian claimants over alleged complicity in torture - company does not admit liability

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20 July 2011

CAFOD calls on Monterrico to change its ways as UK multinational settles torture case out of court

Author: CAFOD

British mining company Monterrico Metals has reached an out-of-court settlement with 33 Peruvian farmers who accused the company of colluding in their detention and torture by Peruvian police, while refusing to admit liability. Catholic aid agency CAFOD and campaigners from the Peru Support Group have been working with Peruvian NGOs supporting the farmers since the events at Rio Blanco came to light in 2005...As part of the out-of-court settlement, the mining company has imposed a gagging order on the amount of the compensation payouts, which applies both to the farmers and to Leigh Day, the British legal firm representing the protestors...CAFOD’s senior analyst on the extractives industry, Karen Luyckx said: “Monterrico cannot hide behind gagging orders and out of court settlements. They must not simply buy their way out of this case; they must change the way they operate in future.

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Author: Leigh Day & Co

Los procedimientos legales iniciados por 33 peruanos contra Monterrico…se han resuelto mediante el pago de indemnizaciones sin haberse admitido responsabilidad. El juicio ante el Tribunal Superior de Londres estaba programado por 10 semanas a partir de octubre…Los Demandantes alegaron el uso de tortura por parte de la policía peruana luego de una protesta en la mina de cobre Rio Blanco de Monterrico… en agosto de 2005…Los demandantes reclamaban que Monterrico era complice de torturas/maltrato…lo cual es negado en su integridad por Monterrico…[se refiere a Forza (parte de Securitas), Securitas]

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20 July 2011

[PDF] Peruvian torture claimants compensated by UK mining company

Author: Leigh Day & Co

Legal proceedings by 33 Peruvians against UK-based Monterrico Metals [part of Zijin]...have been settled by compensation payment without admitting liability. The London High Court trial was scheduled for 10 weeks from October with about 80 Claimant witnesses. Claimants alleged torture by the Peruvian Police after protesting at Monterrico’s Rio Blanco copper mine (near Ecuador) in August 05. The mine is owned by Monterrico Peruvian subsidiary, Rio Blanco Copper...The Claimants argues Monterrico was complicit in torture/mistreatment...The Claimants alleged...they were beaten, abused, threatened...two women were sexually abused, they forcibly ate rotten food and were detained on a platform for slaughtering animals. [also refers to Forza (part of Securitas), Securitas]

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Author: Dana Ford, Reuters

Fiscales peruanos acusaron a la policía de torturar a manifestantes en un proyecto minero en el 2005 pero absolvieron a sus dueños, una compañía minera china británica y a su firma de seguridad, de haber actuado de forma ilícita...Una investigación del Gobierno en la nortina región de Piura encontró que más de 20 personas fueron secuestradas y golpeadas tras protestar contra el proyecto cuprífero Río Blanco, de 1.400 millones de dólares...En la pesquisa se concluyó que un grupo de policías peruanos era responsable de las torturas. La investigación no encontró evidencias contra la firma propietaria del proyecto...Monterrico Metals, y su compañía matriz...Zijin Mining Group...Forza, la empresa privada de seguridad contratada para vigilar el campamento y propiedad de...Securitas, también fue exonerada....Fedepaz...que presentó la queja...dijo que los fiscales decidieron culpar a algunos de los oficiales identificados como autores directos de lo que pasó, pero no a aquellos que ordenaron la tortura.

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10 February 2009

[DOC] Company owned by Securitas investigated for torture [Peru]

Author: Norrlänska Socialdemokraten [Sweden]

Unofficial translation provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
A company which is today owned by the Swedish security group Securitas will be investigated in Peru concerning suspected torture and abuse of the local population in relation to surveillance of mines…”We are trying to find out what has happened”…says Gisela Lindstrand, Securitas Group [Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications]…In Rio Blanco, Forza is working for the mining company Monterrico, which was bought by the Chinese Group Zijin in 2007...Lindstrand points out that the company [Forza] was bought after the suspected abuse, and that all Securitas Group’s security guards are trained in human rights. “If this has happened, it is something which could never happen today, because now Securitas’ rules apply.”

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