Máxima's land in Peru. Photo: Goldman Prize

Groundhog Day at the Newmont Shareholder Meeting

June 4, 2019 • Ellen Moore
Last year, Earthworks attended Newmont’s annual shareholder meeting in Denver, and asked CEO Gary Goldberg to end the company’s harassment of subsistence farmer Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and her family. We demanded that he follow through on his commitment not… More »

New threats against Peruvian land defender Máxima Acuña de Chaupe

July 10, 2018 • Ellen Moore
We have been informed by the Chaupe family that on the morning of July 9th, unknown people illegally entered the Chaupe family’s property in Tragadero Grande, Cajamarca, Peru. The individuals took notes and left, refusing to identify themselves to the… More »

For 2 global miners, ‘profitable production’ has meant devastation

June 27, 2018 • Ellen Moore
Partners in Pollution Since 2000, the Batu Hijau copper-gold mine on Sumbawa Island in Indonesia has dumped 720 million tonnes of toxic tailings into the Senunu Bay in the Indian Ocean. Until 2016, the mine was majority owned and operated… More »
DJPC Newmont protest banners

Dear Newmont Shareholders: It’s Time to End the Conga Mine Travesty

April 30, 2018 • Ellen Moore
As Newmont shareholders gathered near Denver for the company’s annual meeting yesterday, so did protesters concerned about the company’s ties to human rights abuses in Peru. For nearly a decade, Newmont has faced widespread community opposition to its Conga project… More »

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Peruvian farmer’s fight to protect land from Newmont Mining comes to US

March 15, 2018 • Ellen Moore
Stop the abuse. That is what Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and her family have asked of US District Court judge in a lawsuit recently filed against Newmont Mining. For more than six years, Máxima and her family have stood up… More »

Peruvian Supreme Court Acquits Máxima Acuña de Chaupe

May 3, 2017 • Earthworks | SumOfUs

Washington, DC -- Today, the Supreme Court of Peru upheld a lower court decision in favor of local farmer Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and her family in their fight to protect their land near the proposed Conga gold mine. The Conga mine is a proposed project of the Peruvian subsidiary of US-based Newmont Mining, who brought the aggravated assault suit against Máxima.

World’s 2nd largest gold mining company’s own investigation shows it violated international standards, and its own

September 28, 2016

Washington, D.C., Sep 28 --  A year-long investigation commissioned and funded by the world’s second largest gold producer, Newmont Mining, today reports that its Peruvian subsidiary ignored human rights standards, “prioritized eviction and litigation over dialogue,” and violated its own standards in its land dispute with Peruvian subsistence farmers. 

Latin American environmental defender attacked, hospitalized

September 20, 2016 • Earthworks et. al.

Washington, D.C., -- 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Máxima Acuña de Chaupe was hospitalized after being attacked, allegedly by security forces hired by Minera Yanacocha, a subsidiary of Denver-based Newmont Mining, according to information provided by the Chaupe family. The attack took place on Máxima’s property in northern Peru that the mining company has been trying to obtain for its Conga gold mine project