Goldman Prize winners stand with Máxima Acuña

September 27, 2016

The Goldman Prize winner community has joined together to issue the following statement in solidarity with fellow Prize recipient Máxima Acuña, following an attack on her earlier this month, allegedly by security forces of the mining company that she is bravely standing up to:

We demand respect and the safety of Máxima Acuña, a Member of our Family.

We are the recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize and come from all corners of the world with the same goal: protect Earth, a vital duty for the well being of all living creatures and humanity alike.

We are outraged at the latest attack on Máxima Acuña and members of her family from security contractors hired by the U.S. Colorado-based Newmont Mining Corporation and/or its subsidiaries or partners in Peru, who trespassed into her property to destroy their crops.  This is just the most recent attempt to harass and force them to leave her home in Tragadero Grande, located in the northern Peruvian highlands of Cajamarca, in order to try to develop the proposed Conga mine.

We denounce any acts of violence that have been carried out against Ms. Acuña and her family, and strongly request Newmont and its subsidiaries to immediately withdraw its security contractors encircling Ms. Acuña’s property and its immediate vicinity.  Likewise, we ask Newmont and its subsidiaries to cease any further harassment or intimidation, including any legal action against Máxima, the Chaupe family, or other community members.

Newmont, as a member of the International Council of Mining and Metallurgy (ICMM), must uphold each of the Council’s 10 principles.  Of the 10 principles, Principle 1 stands out: Apply ethical business practices and sound systems of corporate governance and transparency to support sustainable development.

We also urge the Peruvian government to take all necessary measures to guarantee Máxima Acuña and her family’s safety, including their right to live on their land.  Their human rights must be respected and upheld, as guarantee under the Peruvian Political Constitution, the precautionary measures granted by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on May 5, 2014, the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and as supported by the latest determination of the International Criminal Court in The Hague to prosecute company executives, politicians and other individuals under international law for crimes linked to land grabbing and environmental destruction.

Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and her family have the right to live peacefully on their property. As fellow recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize and human beings, we stand with Máxima and her family in their right to defend Cajarmarca’s páramos, water supplies, and the people of Peru from irresponsible mining operations.

Ramesh Agrawal, India 2014

Jane Akre, United States/Florida 2001

Azzam Alwash, Iraq 2013

Ikal Angelei, Kenya 2012

Randall Arauz, Costa Rica 2010

Prigi Arisandi, Indonesia 2011

Marilyn Baptiste, Canada 2015

Zuzana Čaputová, Slovakia 2016

Giorgos Catsadorakis, Greece 2001

Pisit Charnsnoh, Thailand 2002

Evgenia Chirikova, Russia 2012

Paul Alan Cox, United States/California 1997

Elías Díaz Peña, Paraguay 2000

Desmond D’Sa, South Africa 2014

Rossano Ercolini, Italy 2013

Tarcísio Feitosa da Silva, Brazil 2006

Anna Giordano, Italy 1998

Maria Gunnoe, United States/West Virginia 2009

Lynn Henning, United States/Michigan 2010

Yuyun Ismawati, Indonesia 2009

Christine Jean, France 1992

Laila Kamel Iskandar, Egypt 1994

Manana Kochladze, Georgia 2004

Michal Kravcik, Slovakia 1999

Fatima Jibrell, Somalia 2002

Jean La Rose, Guyana 2002

Jadwiga Lopata, Poland 2002

Edward Loure, Tanzania 2016

Thuli Makama, Swaziland 2010

Myrsini Malakou, Greece 2001

Atherton Martin, Dominica 1998

Vera Mischenko, Russia 2000

Janos Vargha, Hungary 1990

Heffa Schucking, Germany 1994

Dmitry Lisitsyn, Russia 2011

Myint Zaw, Myanmar 2015

Alexis Massol Gonzalez, Puerto Rico 2002

Ricardo Navarro, El Salvador 1995

Oscar Olivera, Bolivia 2001

Phyllis Omido, Kenya 2015

Juan Pablo Orrego, Chile 1997

Leng Ouch, Cambodia 2016

Alexander Peal, Liberia 2000

Bobby Peek, South Africa 1998

Rudi Putra, Indonesia 2014

Nat Quansah, Madagascar 2000

Rosa Hilda Ramos, Puerto Rico 2008

Beto Ricardo, Brazil 1992

Humberto Ríos Labrada, Cuba 2010

Oscar Rivas, Paraguay 2000

Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera, Puerto Rico 2016

Feliciano dos Santos, Mozambique 2008

Ignace Schops, Belgium 2008

Tuy Sereivathana, Cambodia 2010

Albena Simeonova, Bulgaria 1996

Andrew Simmons, St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1994

Ursula Sladek, Germany 2011

Olga Speranskaya, Russia 2009

Bruno Van Peteghem, New Caledonia 2001

Ka Hsaw Wa, Burma 1999

Wadja Egnankou, Ivory Coast 1992

Cath Wallace, New Zealand 1991

Destiny Watford, United States/Maryland 2016

Jean Wiener, Haiti 2015

Craig Williams, United States/Kentucky 2006

Steve Wilson, United States/Florida 2001

Howard Wood, Scotland 2015

Svet Zabelin, Russia 1993

Olya Melen, Ukraine 2006

Silas Siakor, Liberia 2006

John Sinclair, Australia 1993

Nohra Padilla, Colombia 2013

Yu Xiaogang, China 2006

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