The Goldman Environmental Foundation is gravely concerned by yesterday’s reports about an attack against 2016 Goldman Prize winner Máxima Acuña and her husband. While the details are not clear, we know that Ms. Acuña sustained injuries that required hospitalization. We wish her a speedy and full recovery.
We denounce any acts of violence that were carried out against Ms. Acuña and her family, and we urge Newmont, its subsidiaries, and its security contractors to allow the Acuña de Chaupe family to live peacefully on their property. In light of its decision to not develop the Conga Mine for the foreseeable future, we reiterate our request that Newmont immediately remove the security personnel encircling Ms. Acuña’s property.