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Communities Announce Protest Against HudBay Mineralsí in Peru

Published by MAC on 2016-01-25
Source: Statement (2016-01-25)

Communities Announce Protest Against HudBay Minerals’ Constancia Project in Peru

Human Rights Without Borders, Cusco & Peruvian Observatory of Mining Conflicts statement

Translated and compiled from the original documents in Spanish

25 January 2015

After failed attempts to dialogue with HudBay Minerals, the Velille Defence Front, community presidents, community boards, the Chumbivilcas Defense Front and nearby districts have announced a preventative strike for 72 hours starting January 25, 2016 against the company’s Peruvian subsidiary HudBay Perú S.A.C. HudBay’s open-pit Constancia copper project is located within the districts of Velille, Chamaca and Livitaca, in the province of Chumbivilcas, department of Cusco, Peru. The community organizations of Velille are demanding that the company meet various economic, social and environmental demands.

Among other things, residents of Velille demand:

Throughout 2015, local authorities and organizations from Velille have organized a range of events and meetings about mining in their territory, focusing on the social and environmental issues that the company should address in the district. The have observed the lack of information from the government and the company regarding modifications to the Constancia ESIA. Velille Mayor, Sergio Valencia Salcedo, and the President of the Velille Defence Front, Guider Puma, have indicated that invitations and letters they sent to the company and the government requesting dialogue have not received a response.

Since acquiring the Constancia project in 2011, HudBay Minerals has been in conflict with various communities affected by the Constancia project. In November 2014, members of the community of Uchuccarco in the district of Chamaca protested in HudBay’s mining camp, leading to several confrontations with the National Police. The community of Uchuccarco denounced HudBay’s failure to fulfill its commitments and its refusal to discuss or negotiate a second addendum to the initial agreement signed with the community. Since that time, the community has been in talks with the company to try to resolve their demands.

The districts of Velille, Chamaca and Livitaca encompass the territory of some thirty campesino and Indigenous communities whose livelihoods depend principally on agriculture and livestock.

HudBay announced commercial operations at the Constancia mine in mid 2015.


Platform for the District of Velille’s Peaceful Preventative 72-Hour Strike Against HudBay Peru S.A.C.

21 January 2016

Velille - On the basis of Law #28611 - the General Environmental Law -, Law #27446 - the Law for the National System for Environmental Impact Assessment -, and D.S. #040-2014EM - the Regulation for Environmental Protection and Management regarding Mineral Extraction, Processing, General Labour, Transportation and Storage -, the people of Velille demand that HudBay Peru S.A.C. strictly comply with their social and environmental responsibilities, which should be clearly outlined in a contract with clear rules to guarantee mutual respect and governance in the district of Velille.

Environment

Social

If these demands are not met, protests will intensify at the inter-provincial level.

Velille will be respected, it will not be divided!

Stop environmental contamination and no more mining concessions in the district of Velille!

Onward with the 72 hour strike!

Velille Defense Front and other campesino communities and organizations

 

 

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