World Rainforest Movement

Petition to stop harassment of a defender of earth and water in Peru: Yes to Water, No to Mining!


In Cajamarca, in the northern Peruvian Andes, where the headwaters of the rivers, the forests and páramos should be protected territories, the biggest mining company in South America, Yanacocha, is attempting to impose a megaproject that violates the rights of local people. For more than 10 years, Máxima Chaupe and her family have refused to sell their land to the mining company, and as a result they have been brutally attacked more than once. A judge has sentenced Máxima to a prison term of two years and eight months and a fine of 5,500 soles as reparations to the mining company for alleged land usurpation. Signatures are being collected to deliver a letter through the Red Latinoamericana de Mujeres (Latin American Women’s Network) to the Peruvian authorities.

Sign the petition to stop the harassment and violence against Máxima here (in Spanish):