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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.


Newmont Mining Opposes Human Rights Shareholder Proposal

April 21, 2017 • Hilary Lewis

Yesterday, Earthworks and our partners at attended the Annual General Meeting of the world’s second largest gold mining company, Denver-based Newmont Mining Corporation. The meeting is open to all shareholders and is where shareholders (and their proxies) vote on standard resolutions about corporate governance and CEO pay. Importantly for communities, shareholder-led resolutions are also considered.

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Newmont Mining Advises Shareholders to Reject Human Rights Protections

April 20, 2017 • Earthworks and partners

New York, April 20, 2017 - Newmont Mining Corporation’s (NYSE - NEM) Board of Directors advised its shareholders to vote against a Stockholder Proposal calling for the company to assess and reduce human rights risks of their global mining operations. The vote will be tallied at Newmont’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held today at 11am at the St. Regis Hotel, New York.

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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. 

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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


Letter to Newmont re: Máxima Acuña

April 28, 2016 • Earthworks and partners

Conga No Va! Newmont mothballs Conga mine as Máxima wins Goldman Prize

April 18, 2016 • Payal Sampat

This week we’re celebrating two momentous wins for environmental justice and human rights in Peru.

First, we’re toasting the victory of Máxima Acuña de Chaupe, a subsistence farmer from the Andean highlands of northern Peru, who has been awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her brave stand against Newmont, the mining company that has tried to evict her from her land to build the giant Conga gold and copper mine.

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Peruvian farmer wins 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize for fighting world’s 2nd largest gold miner to a standstill

April 18, 2016 • Earthworks,

Cajamarca, Peru & San Francisco, CA -- Peruvian farmer Máxima Acuña de Chaupe today won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her ongoing fight to protect her home and community from the Conga mine. The announcement came as Newmont (NYSE: NEM) removed its proposed Conga gold mine in northern Peru from its list of reserves in its annual filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  

“We are happy that Newmont has finally faced facts and abandoned Conga,” said 2016 Goldman Prize winner Máxima Acuña de Chaupe, who has been embroiled in a struggle with the multinational mining company for control of her land. She continued, “The fact is our way of life, and the clean water we need to sustain it, is more important to us than Newmont’s new gold mine ever could be. We know from Newmont’s Yanacocha mine that, no matter their promises, we can’t have both the mine and our way of life.”