Repression of social protest in Peru: the case of Conga mining project.

Datum: 11/09/2014

Conference- debate with Pablo Sanchez from GRUFIDES (Cajamarca, Peru).

Half of Cajamarca region is under a mining concession. In 2012 politicans gave green lights for the realisation of Conga mining project. Yanacocha mine that ownes the Conga project however is facing massive mobilisation and uprisings of the people there, as their water supply is in danger. The local organisations  and forces have paralysed the project to date. But in Cajamarca,  freedom of speech is undermined, and the human rights defenders get threatened. In this context, the municipal and regional elections in October mark an important issue and fuel severe pressures.

GRUFIDES, a partner organisation of CATAPA, is defending human rights, environmental sustainability, gender equality and solidary economic development in Cajamarca, and is working towards a just, democratic, equal and intercultural society.  GRUFIDES organise political activities, conflict analysis and resolution, work on governability, conduct technical and legal assessments and engage in capacity development. Since the beginning of Conga project they defend de rights of the people in the region and mediate with Yanacocha mining company trying to find an exit out of the conflict.

The conference takes place Thursday September 11th from 19.30 -21.30h at Maison de l’ Amerique Latine, Rue du Collège 27, 1050 Ixelles. Language: Spanish, translation to French is offered.

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