Peru: Cusco communities allege beatings, violence by the police during opposition to Glencore’s road project
Alto Huarca local communities alleged that eight Glencore staff and the police evicted families in order to create space to build a road for Glencore’s Antapaccay mining project. During the eviction, women and elders faced repression and beatings. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Glencore to respond. The response in English is available below; the allegations are only available in Spanish.
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…Glencore has had a presence in Peru since 2002 and since that time, we have worked closely with our host communities to maximise the benefits of our activities and minimise or avoid potential negative impacts.
On 3 April 2018, workers from the Antapaccay copper operation were carrying out construction activities on a canal that is situated on the mine’s property. Antapaccay acquired this land in 2009.
During the constructions work, a small number of women illegally entered Antapaccay’s property and began to throw stones at the workers. Concerned for the safety of its employees and equipment Antapaccay contacted the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Espinar. Antapaccay is legally obliged to inform the Public Prosecutor’s Office in the event of social unrest.
The Public Prosecutor´s Office requested that the local police access Antapaccay’s property to restore order and peacefully withdraw the women.
Antapaccay prioritises respect for human rights and upholds those of our people and our local communities. It aligns its security practices with the United Nations’ Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, which addresses engagement with both public and private security providers.
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