Newmont Mining Corporation and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights: The case of Máxima Acuña Chaupe

Máxima Acuña Chaupe is a campesina (rural woman) who lives in Tragadero Grande, a remote land-based community in the Cajamarca province in the Northern highlands of Peru. All her life, she has survived as a subsistence farmer, cultivating home-grown crops, tending farm animals and producing indigenous Andean garments she would sell in local markets in …

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Resistance in La Puya

The mining project, Progreso VII Derivada is owned by Exploraciones Mineras de Guatemala, S.A. (EXMINGUA), a Guatemalan subsidiary of US-based Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA), and represents an inversion of some 50 million USD. Its proximity to rural and indigenous dwellings has raised fears among local communities on the potential disastrous impacts on water sources …

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Weaving resistance

DocuPerú, with the support of the Programme for Democracy and Global Transformation has produced a video on the criminalisation of the struggle for water in Celendin (Cajamarca, Peru) against the background of the opposition of the inhabitants to mining projects which pollute the liquid so crucial to the farmers in Celendin. Despite many families having …

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Water shortages predicted

Unless water is protected, experts warn that a billion people throughout the world will experience severe shortages ‘within two generations’.  Two recent articles explore the consequences of climate change, pollution, over-extraction and mining on the vital liquid: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2013/jun/10/el-salvador-mining-ban-water-security http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/24/global-majority-water-shortages-two-generations   Water in the Anthropocene from WelcomeAnthropocene on Vimeo.

Children and Lead Pollution

Results of a study  carried out by Professor Mark Taylor which  tested soil, dust and air near the Mount Isa mine  (Queensland, Australia ) between 2005 and 2008 found mining emissions are a cause of lead poisoning in Mount Isa children.

Forums in Caracas and Mérida

[slideshow id=4] As part of its on-going support to organisations in Venezuela, LAMMP attended one of two forums arranged by the organisation Homo et Natura from Zulia state in western Venezuela. The two forums were titled “Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas y la Lucha por sus Territorios” (Collective Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Struggle …

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Zenaida’s story

Whilst some in Venezuela are mourning the death of Hugo Chávez, the indigenous Yukpa people are mourning the death of their leader, Chief Sabino Romero, murdered on 3rd March. The story of his daughter Zenaida is told here.