Further IACHR appeal on behalf of Maxima Acuna
04 December 2017
The IACHR (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Spanish acronym CIDH) is being asked to intervene once again in the case of Máxima Acuña. Senora Acuña is the by now well-known peasant farmer from Tragadero Grande, Cajamarca, who has been struggling to defend her own and her community's land against the Yanacocha Mining Company. She has become a figurehead of the opposition to the gold and copper mine, and last year was the winner of the Goldman prize for environmental activism
The NGOs Grufides and Demus are now presenting a new case on behalf of Acuña in the IACHR. The case calls for a recommendation to the Peruvian state, under Peru's Law 30364, on violence against women and their family members. The Director of Demos, María Ysabel Cedano, explains that gender violence in social conflict is one of 15 forms of gender violence recognized in Law 30364.
Back in 2014, the IACHR awarded 'precautionary measures' to Acuña, a step which required the Peruvian state to take measures to ensure her security. The argument now is that the state has failed in its duty to act as guardian of her human rights.