After three years of waiting, the Peruvian Constitutional Tribunal has agreed to review a plea lodged by two NGOs, the Instituto de Defensa Legal (IDL) and Derechos Humanos sin Fronteras (DHSF) that seeks to nullify the agreement between the Peruvian National Police (PNP) and the mining company Glencore Antapaccay by which the former provides security. The appeal was first submitted in 2015 but was rejected on grounds of inadmissibility by lower-level courts.
The petitioners argue that these agreements contravene fundamental human rights as well as go against the precept that police should work for the common good of all the population, not provide private services to the few.
According to a statement by DHSF, the TC when confirming admissibility said that “the previous courts had made a mistake in rejecting the demand”. It says that the case requires prompt response.