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  • Aduviri claims to be victim of political vendetta

    17 August 2019

    On 14 August, Puno Governor Walter Aduviri, well known for his participation in the protests against the Santa Ana mine in southern Puno in 2011, was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay 2 million soles in civil reparations to the Peruvian state, having been found guilty of inciting public disturbances.

  • Convoca raises questions about company that prepared EIA for Tia Maria

    17 August 2019

    Convoca has published material which seriously questions the credentials of the company that prepared the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Tía María, the mining project in Arequipa resisted by the farming communities of the Tambo valley. This raises serious issues about the standards involved in companies employed to undertake EIAs. EIAs tend to be regarded as the benchmark for subsequent operations.

  • Quellaveco faces strike threat

    17 August 2019

    On Monday 12 August, 'an indefinite strike' was announced at Quellaveco in Moquegua region, arousing concerns since the copper and molybdenum project is several times larger than the conflict-beset Tía María in next-door Arequipa. Construction of the mine, owned by the consortium Anglo American-Mitsubishi, is 25% advanced. It is due to come into production in 2022. Some road blocks appear to have been set up.

  • Prior consultation in oil block 192 gets under way, but with serious shortcomings

    10 August 2019

    The prior consultation of indigenous communities potentially affected by the contract renewal of Block 192 in the Amazon for another 30 or 40 years has gotten under way with information workshops between the state and indigenous federations.

  • Loreto v Melka

    10 August 2019

    Loreto’s environmental prosecutor has opened a case against palm oil magnate Dennis Melka. Citing last week’s convictions for deforestation by executives of a Melka subsidiary as a test case with repercussions at national level, Alberto Carazo Atoche has announced his intention to investigate the “ringleader” with efforts to bring Melka to Iquitos to defend himself against the charge of masterminding extensive deforestation in Peru.

  • Marcona in trouble again, over contamination

    03 August 2019

    The Union of Mining Workers at Shougang Hierro Perú have complained to the labour ministry over the health threat to workers at the San Nicolás plant from a spill of toxic material from the condensers on 31 July. OEFA plans to investigate the spill, plus the quality of implementation of the company's contingency plan.

  • Tia Maria update: the dispute widens

    03 August 2019

    Last week the president talked enthusiastically of how much would be achieved in a week of harmony and effort at dialogue for Tía María. Now reality is hitting.

  • Inter-American Human Rights Commission enters oil spill fray

    03 August 2019

    On 26 July the Inter-American Human Rights Commission and its Special Rapporteur for Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights issued a press communiqué expressing their concerns about the two recent oil spills from Peru’s north Amazonian oil pipeline and the impacts on nearby indigenous communities.

  • Iquitos court fines Melka cocoa company and sentences executives to jail

    03 August 2019

    Cacao del Perú Norte, owned by Dennis Melka, was found to have evaded due process when, in 2012, it cleared over 2,000 hectares of forest in Tamshiyacu, in the province of Maynas. Now known as Tamshi S.A.C. the enterprise was further accused of ignoring orders from the agriculture ministry to curtail its operations. Executives failed to convince the court that deforestation had not occurred. The general manager received an eight-year prison sentence, and four-year suspended sentences were given to the agricultural engineer and the chief of operations.

  • Tia Maria: the government takes protest seriously

    29 July 2019

    Ahead of his major speech for Fiestas Patrias, Martín Vizcarra exerted all the authority he could muster to calm the situation at Tía María. On Wednesday 24 July he went to Arequipa in person with Prime Minister Salvador del Solar and the ministers of agriculture, environment, and energy and mines. With continuing protests in Arequipa itself he spent nearly three hours in debate with the seven governors of the southern regions of Peru. His approach reflected the value he places of the regional system, a product of his own background as former regional governor of Moquegua.

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