Protests against Tía María Copper mine (Peru): 5 people dead

Since March 2015 there have been continued protests in the South of Peru against the Tía María project, a copper mine in Moquegua Region.

After a fifth person has died in the erupting violence, the Peruvian government has declared a state of emergency for 60 days starting May 23rd 2015 in the southern province of Islay.   ... →

Peruvian requests compensation for contribution to climate change by RWE

It is a precedent case: A Peruvian requests compensation by RWE for its contribution to melting glaciers in the Andes. The energy company releases the majority of greenhouse gases in comparison with other European firms. In case of a success the costs-by-cause principle would be used for the first time to compensate harmful activities.

The applicant is Saúl Luciano Lliuya, who works as a tourist guide and farmer in the city of Huaraz.   ... →

Peru: Glencore sells Las Bambas Copper Mine to Chinese Consortium.

After months of negotiations, the sale of Glencore’s Peruvian copper mine Las Bamba to the Chinese state owned company China Minmetals Corp, or specifically its subsidiary MMG, has been completed (April 2014). At $5.85 billion it is one of the largest Chinese investments in the commodities sector.

The Chinese investors are planning an increase in the production of copper with Las Bamba and Toromocho mines producing 400,000 tonnes of copper per year in the next five years, starting mid 2015.(1) With this takeover, China now controls 33% of the investments in Peruvian copper production companies (3).   ... →

Newmont Mining Corporation: Protests Against Expansion of Yanacocha Mine, Peru

Human Rights Violations in Peru

The protest movement of several thousand Peruvians against the expansion of the Yanacocha mine in Cajamarca was aggravating in the summer of 2012. Since December 2011, a state of emergency was declared in northern Peru three times. According to the news agency Reuters, 5 protesters have been killed and 21 injured in the course of the demonstrations.   ... →

Violent anti-mining protests against Xstrata in Peru, 2 people die

Two people were killed and at least 50 were injured in protests against Xstrata’s Peruvian copper mine Tintaya 28 May, prompting the government to declare emergency rule that give the army special police powers.

The government suspended the freedom of assembly in a bid to break roadblocks isolating the mine.

Under the emergeny rule, no arrest warrant was needed to arrest anti-mining leader Herbert Huaman neither.   ... →