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Peru: Peruvian authorities put an end to the criminalization of defender Máxima Acuña

The ruling of the Supreme Court of Peru marking the end of the trial for land invasion against the human rights defender Máxima Acuña Atalaya is a landmark decision for environmental defenders in the country, Amnesty International said today. After almost five years of proceedings in relation to unfounded criminal charges of land invasion, the Supreme Court of Justice ruled that there was no reason to pursue the groundless trial of the defender for land invasion.

Date:
3 May 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Women and Girls

Peru: Postponement of ruling on Acuña’s case, new attempt to block her work

The decision of the Peruvian Supreme Court to postpone the ruling on the case against human rights defender Máxima Acuña is the latest attempt by the authorities to obstruct her legitimate work to defend the environment, said Amnesty International. The Peruvian Supreme Court was due to issue a decision today on the spurious charges of land invasion against Máxima Acuña Atalaya. The ruling was postponed until 3 May after the tribunal informed that some of the judges had not had enough time to reach a decision.

Date:
12 April 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Exploitation of Natural Resources

Americas: New platform highlights rising wave of attacks against environmental activists

On international day of human rights defenders, Amnesty International is launching an innovative online tool to highlight the rising wave of attacks against environmental activists across the Americas. Speak out for Defenders! features dozens of stories of activists from every corner of the Americas who have been harassed, threatened, attacked, unfairly jailed and even killed as punishment for their work to protect the environment.

Date:
10 December 2016
  • Education
  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

"Young people have a unique vision and we must be heard" - Defending sexual and reproductive rights in South America

We hear from six activists from South America working together through Amnesty’s It’s My Body! programme empowering young people aged 13 to 19 years old to claim and promote their sexual and reproductive rights. They’re from Peru, Argentina or Chile, yet all share the same goal: make sure they have the power and freedom to demand and access their sexual and reproductive rights. Over five years these young activists will work together to empower others to make informed decisions about their bodies and sexuality, and provide their peers with information and training on issues related to sexual and reproductive rights.

Date:
5 October 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Peru
  • Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights

Running against the flow in Peru

Peruvian journalist Graciela Tiburcio Loayza, aged 23, on her journey towards becoming a women’s rights activist. You could say my activism started when I was a child. Despite my insecurities, I pointed out injustices whenever I saw them. This often got me into trouble. In high school, when I refused to follow the other girls, I was bullied. Sometimes I felt really alone. A few years ago, my family’s economic situation changed and I had to move to one of the poorest districts of Lima.

Date:
21 March 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Peru
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Peru: Further information: Family harassed by mining company personnel

Máxima Acuña and her family, subsistence farmers in northern Peru, have reported new acts of intimidation and harassment against them, this time by armed security personnel from a mining company. They are in an ongoing legal dispute against the mining company over the ownership of a plot of land where the family lives. They believe the ongoing harassment and intimidation against them is an attempt to drive them away.

Date:
4 February 2016
Ref:
AMR 46/3392/2016
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  • Americas
  • Justice Systems

Peru: Human rights organizations demand justice for the victims of Bagua and a fair trial for the defendants

In the coming days, it is expected that a judgment will be rendered in the so-called "Devil's Curve" trial against 53 people, including members and leaders of indigenous communities accused of killing 12 police officers and wounding 18 others in 2009, in Bagua, Amazonas Region. The undersigned organizations have been following this case since 2009 and we urge the authorities to ensure scrupulous respect for the defendants' right to due process in this search for justice.

Date:
14 December 2015
Ref:
AMR 46/3084/2015
  • Research
  • Chile
  • UN

UN Human Rights Council: oral statement on abortion laws for interactive dialogue with the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women

Amnesty International made this oral statement during the interactive dialogue with the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice held at the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council (15 June – 3 July 2015). That statement welcomes concerns expressed by the Working Group about criminalization of abortion, including in the context of its country visits to Chile, Peru and Spain.

Date:
22 June 2015
Ref:
IOR 40/1917/2015
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  • Killings and Disappearances

Peru: The price of protest must not be death

Planned protests against a copper mining project in southern Peru must be allowed to go ahead peacefully and without police repression, said Amnesty International, amid fears of a recurrence of the fatal violence that marred protests in recent weeks. Four people – including one police officer – have been killed and hundreds injured since late April during protests against the planned Tía María copper mining project.

Date:
26 May 2015