PROTECT LAND DEFENDER MÁXIMA ACUÑA
will never kneel before Yanacocha," says Máxima Acuña, respected land
defender and winner of the 2016 Goldman Prize for environmental
is engaged in an ongoing legal battle with the US and Peruvian owners of the Yanacocha mine, one of the
largest gold and copper mines in the world. Máxima and her family, small farmers in northern Peru, are taking on the mining giant over ownership of the
land in Tragedero Grande where she lives. She has braved violent attacks for
refusing to leave and believes that campaign of intimidation and harassment,
perpetrated by both local police and Yanacocha security personnel, is an
organized attempt to drive her from her home so the mining company can use her
But she will not give in.
"I WILL NEVER KNEEL
Police and security guards working for Yanacocha have attacked Máxima and her family numerous times. An attack in September 2016 was so bad that Máxima had to be rushed to hospital. In other attacks, police even beat her children. They damaged her house and took away vital belongings, including crops, food, cooking pots and beds.
The campaign of violence and intimidation against Máxima is emblematic
of a disturbing trend. Women and men around the world who stand up to corporate
power to defend their land rights face grave danger. Many are forced to pay
with their lives.
Máxima’s community has united to try to protect her. We must
It's time for us to say #MáximaIsNotAlone #MáximaNoEstáSola by calling on the Peruvian government to ensure Máxima is able to defend her rights without fear of harm.
More you can do:
- Send Máxima a solidarity message
- Learn more about Máxima's case