Join with Amnesty International to protect Máxima Acuña from violence and intimidation
Máxima is in a legal battle with Yanacocha, one of the world’s biggest gold and copper mines, over the ownership of her land. She is a peasant farmer in northern Peru, and she has braved violent attacks from local police for refusing to leave the land where she lives with her family. She believes the police’s harassment is an attempt to drive her away from her home.
Police have attacked her family, including beating her and her children, damaging her house and demolishing an extension she was building. On several occasions, Yanacocha’s own armed security guards even destroyed her crops. She still refuses to leave and her bravery has won her the 2016 Goldman Prize, the world’s most respected environmental award.
Amnesty International’s efforts
Amnesty International’s campaign hopes to ensure that Máxima and her family can live in peace on her land until the courts make a final decision on it, and to protect her from violence and intimidation.
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How you can help
Join with Amnesty International and let your voice be heard to protect Máxima and her family from violence and intimidation. Sign the petition to Peru’s Minister of Interior;
”I urge you to protect Máxima Acuña and her family from violence and intimidation. I also ask that you promptly investigate the attacks that have already been carried out against her, bringing those responsible to justice.
Máxima, a peasant farmer in northern Peru, has braved violent harassment and intimidation from local police for refusing to leave the land where she lives with her family. She is in a legal battle with Yanacocha, one of the world’s biggest gold and copper mines, over the ownership of the land. She believes the police’s harassment is an attempt to drive her away from her home.
Please make sure the police do their job and protect her and her family.”