Peru: Environmental defenders at risk of undue process

Index Number: AMR 46/6729/2017

Amnesty International is concerned at the improper use of the justice system to harass and silence the work of environmental rights defenders in Peru. The organization has received clear indications that community leaders Oscar Mollohuanca Cruz, former Mayor of Espinar, and Herbert Huamán and Sergio Huamaní Hilario, former President and Vice-President of the United Front in Defence of Espinar’s Interests (FUDIE) respectively, are facing prosecution for their work as human rights defenders and for their involvement in the May 2012 protests to demand amendment of the commitments made to the peasant communities as a result of the operations of Tintaya Mine, Antapaccay extension.

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