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In response to the state of emergency imposed by the Peruvian government to protect an unviable mining project “Conga”, in breach of fundamental human rights, and environmental policies of the Peruvian people in Cajamarca. Indignant runakuna demonstrating in Cajamarca (Perú) “Conga NO! Life and water are worth more than gold”

The indignant movement has spread worldwide struggling to protect and vindicate the rights and public spaces of the citizens, as social actors of change and of direct political participation, against the greed and economic interests of a few who have established “policies” of anti-social injustice. The movement is present in every corner of the world and it claims global demands without forgetting the particularities of each context. Thus, the indignation caused by the Conga, unfeasible mining megaproject, has led to the Peruvian citizens to
manifest peacefully against the implementation thereof.

The government’s response to the protests has been to declare, without legal basis, a state of emergency to repress the people (siege), This intrusion of the military seeking to protect the private interests of Newmont Mining, a transnational corporation and ignoring the people’s voice, who claim “we are not commodities in the hands of politicians, bankers and transnational companies” and “our livelihood is not for sale, it is to be protected”

According to the International Criminal Court, a crime against humanity is “violence to life, health and physical or mental well-being of persons, as part of a widespread or systematic attack against any civilian population” by, for example declaring siege, without a legal justification.

Thus, the interference of the military to enforce the command from the executive management of the Peruvian state (state of emergency) infringes any legal basis and the fundamental rights of the citizens of Cajamarca, by restricting the freedom of the indignant, who demonstrated peacefully, upraising against the violation of their rights and livelihoods and the imposition of a mining mega-project, which at all levels puts the population at risk.

This is a project that only benefits the interests of a transnational that corrupts
politicians in order to make profits. Activities of Newmont Mining Corporation
company are known worldwide, their mining practices more than once have
been related to serious harm to entire populations and the environment, causing irreparable damages.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/jaime-chihuala/destrucci%C3%B3n-de-las-condiciones-de-vida-en-yanacocha- crimen-ecol%C3%B3gico-y-de-lesa-h/228696983869699)

There are several releases that have declared the existence of deficiencies in both the Conga project reports, studies and possible physical processes or gravimetry, as well as water resources management and analysis of predictive mathematical models. In adition, the nomination and application of molecular biology technology and genetic manipulation of bacteria to turn the tailings innocuous – called disruptive technologies-, described by some “interested” advocates who defend this particular type of mining projects, lack of any scientific and technical support. It is known from studies issued in Canada, that there is no technology able to mitigate, reduce and nullify the harmful environmental effects of using 10 or more tons / day of explosives, which releases toxic gases and acids characteristic of the explosion, and other noxious “gases that have been trapped for centuries in the innards of the
earth (and) that are released into the atmosphere abruptly.” And the tailings ponds, subjected to control and manipulation by the miners, always have poor monitoring of the institutions of state, and they don’t get the treatment that should be applied to the neutralization according to the rules and procedures, to avoid as far as possible pollution of fresh water sources in the area of intervention.

(http://biodiversidadla.org/Principal/Contenido/DocumentoS/Peru_cabeceras_de_cuenca_en_Cajamarca_Por_que_debemos_defenderlas_y_protegerlas#.TtrZSI7zDCV.facebook ).

It is noteworthy that the Conga project is an open pit mining project in the headwaters of a watershed, which feeds at least five water systems. The resulting pollution seriously endangers the health of the people, the environment, and agricultural and business activity in the area, potentially causing drying and disappearance of 4 lakes.

On the other hand, it is important to note that, unlike other countries, environmental impact studies that are based on extractive projects in Peru are not approved by the Ministry of Environment, and “are performed by consultants hired and paid by the stakeholder companies”, “thereby subtracting credibility to the subject matter hereof and lacking scientific
value”. In the present case, the preparation of the EIA is carried out by consulting closely linked to the Yanacocha mine, who has been causing irreversible damage to the town of Cajamarca for the last 17 years.

These studies do not meet the satisfactory conditions to embody serious reports by UNOPS and OEFA, among UN and allow the violation of fundamental rights protected by the Peruvian Constitution (Art. 38 º, 45 º, 51 º and 138 º 2nd paragraph of the Constitution) that are outlined as follows:

- Thy do not guarantee effectively the right to an adequate and balanced environment that is contained in art. 2.22 of the Constitution. There is no sustainable economic demarcation, or consideration of the OEFA, thus violating a possible balanced development, conservation, and prevention of risks, not concreted specifically in the current design of the EIA approval. (STC Exp. Nº 3510-2003-AA, f.j. 2.e y Exp. Nº 0048-2004-PI f.j. 18)

There is a basic incompatibility with the fundamental right to promote and
ensure a balanced environment, a right recognized in Article 44 of the Constitution.


- The Peruvian government shows not interest in removing the legal and illegal obstacles that prevent the exercise of fundamental rights and environmental matters, held in Article 2 of the American Convention on Human Rights and developed by American Court of Human Rights (Court HR) “and in Article 67 of the Constitution, which requires the Peruvian government to develop a national policy on risk management and environmental care”.

- They do not give rise to any agreement by consulting the people involved,
contravention with the ILO 169.

There is no amount of money that can compensate the damage caused, or the consequences and diseases caused to the population. The –so called- development that wants to be sold to the citizens is an attempt to disguise the real interest directly towards their private assets, diminishing the real possibilities the population to have access to their own resources.

The indignant movement demands a real democracy in which the affairs of the state, that are within its competence, are taken into account through consultation or referendum, so that public participation is effective, and plausible and recognized consensus is achieved, fed from the collective intelligence and democratic participation. Only then the citizens can protect
both their public rights and their right to protect themselves, nurture and maintain their livelihoods and environment. It is mandatory that the people’s voice is taken into account and gets back the power to react against any state contract with transnational companies that seek their own interests, because the population is not a tool for projects that are not viable and pretend to run at the expense and to detriment of the people.

“We shall not allow the economic power of a few, like Newmont Mining Corporatioon, control everything in Cajamarca, including availing itself of the Peruvian army and airports to defend and monitor their economic greed-laden purposes.”

International movement of indignant, Legal Team International.

Mining Yanacocha and the environmental damages.

According to the WHO report that accounts for the presence of heavy metals in living organisms (plants, animals and humans), and the significant pollution that exists, causing various diseases irreversible to entire populations around
the mine. Contamination of the water supply and groundwater in the Yanacocha mining area.


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We condemn the brutal police attacks that were carried out against the people on the night of August 4th

From Democracia real Ya! we  condemn the brutal police attacks that were carried out against the  people on the night of August 4th.
We forcefully condemn the events  that took place during spontaneous demonstrations in Madrid,  particularly the brutal attacks that the Spanish security forces carried  out on August 4th 2011.
This action is unacceptable and  cannot be tolerated in a country that defines itself as a  democratic  state that abides by the rule of law. If the universal rights of  citizens to assemble and move freely are not observed, what is the  legitimacy of those who use violence to try to impose their reason on  us?
These actions are even more  serious considering they have been perpetrated against outraged people  who are crying out for a real democracy that guarantees citizens’  participation in the political arena and against the mighty influence of  financial powers in global policies.
People’s  freedom of speech has been restricted and they have been subjected to  physical aggressions, both young and old. Moreover, police officers have  arbitrarily demanded peaceful protesters to show them their IDs.  (Article 21 of the Spanish Constitution acknowledges the right to  peaceful, unarmed assembly with no need for prior authorization; see hier)
Many Spanish cities have called  for actions of solidarity. Given the immediate dissemination of images  showing the seriousness of the events, it is expected that this  solidarity and outrage will only grow.
We strongly support the  statement released by tomalaplaza.net after the eviction of Puerta del  Sol and Paseo del Prado as well as the protests that are taking place  these days in Madrid. We call for citizens to reflect on the credibilty  of a political system that, with impunity, has promoted a brutal,  unjustifiable agression against people whose only crime has been to  excercise their freedom to protest peacefully.
If you believe in freedom and in  the rights that our security forces are violating, Democracia real Ya  invites you to take to your city squares to show your indignation and  solidarity, not only with all the injured in Madrid, but also with  people around the world whose lawful rights are being undermined through  the use of violence.
We  therefore support and encourage the protests that will take place on  Friday, August 5th. We cannot allow our freedoms to be curtailed. We  cannot tolerate agressions against people who protest peacefully.
We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers.
Be informed, be outraged, react, and protest for your rights in your streets and squares. They are ours!
DEMOCRACIA REAL YA (Real Democracy Now)
Democracia real ¡YA! condamne la brutale charge policière contre le peuple, qui a eu lieu dans la soirée du 4 Aout.
Nous condamnons énergiquement les événements qui ont eu lieu au cours des manifestations spontanées à Madrid et en particulier la brutale charge des organismes et forces de sécurité de l’Etat le 4 août 2011
Ces faits sont inadmissibles et ne peuvent être tolérés dans un état qui se défini comme étant démocratique, un etat de droits. Si les droits universels des citoyens à se réunir et à la libre circulation ne sont pas respectés, quelle légitimité auront alors ceux qui à travers la violence veulent imposer leur raison?
Ces faits sont d’autant plus grave quand il s’agit de violence contre le peuple qui clame indigné pour l’application d’une réelle démocratie oû se garantisse la participation citoyenne dans la scène politique et contre la puissante influence du pouvoir financier dans la politique mondiale.
La liberté d’expression des personnes est plus que limitée et on a attenté contre l’intégrité physique de celles-ci en agressant sans mesure autant les jeunes que les personnes âgées. En outre, les forces de l’ordre ont exigés sans discernement l’identification de manifestants pacifiques.
(Article 21 de la Constitution, reconnait “Le droit de se réunir pacifiquement et sans armes. L’exercice de ce droit ne necessite pas d’autorisation préalable” http://noticias.juridicas.com/base_datos/Admin/constitucion.t1.html).
Jusqu’à ce soir les démonstrations de solidarité se sont répétés dans diverses villes à travers l’état. Et étant donné la gravité des images relatives aux faits qui ont été diffusé dans tout l’état de façon immédiatement, on s’attend à ce que cette solidarité et cette indignation ne peut qu’augmenter.
Nous soutenons fermement et de façon contondante tant le communiqué publié après l’évacuation de la “Puerta del Sol” et du “Paseo del Prado” par Tomalaplaza.net que les mobilisations qui se déroulent ces jours-ci à Madrid et nous appelons les citoyens à réfléchir sur la crédibilité de notre système qui a encouragé impunément une agression sauvage, brutale et injustifiable contre le peuple qui n’a commis d’autre délit que d’éxiger de façon pacifique le droit de manifester librement.
Si vous croyez en la liberté et en les droits que les forces de l’ordre vulnèrent, nous vous invitons depuis Democracia real Ya à montrer votre indignation dans toutes les places d’Espagne et d’ailleur en signe de solidarité non seulement avec tous les blessés de Madrid, mais avec tous les gens du monde entier dont les droits légitimes sont réduit par l’utilisation de la violence.
Par conséquent, nous soutenons et encourageons les rassemblements de protestation qui auront lieu dans toutes les places de pays demain, vendredi 5 août. Nous ne pouvons pas permettre que l’on limite nos libertés et qu’on nous agresse pour nous manifester pacifiquement.
Nous ne sommes pas des marchandises entre les mains de politiciens et de banquiers.
Informe tou, indigne toi, réagir et manifeste pour tes droits dans tes rues et places. Elles sont nôtres!

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