01 de diciembre: Se llevo a cabo la audiencia del caso legal en contra de Maxima y su familia. En esta se declaro que el 17 de Diciembre como fecha donde los magistrados darán su verdecito sobre la apelación, y puede resultar en el desalojo de la familia.
Mirtha Vazques reportó “El pull de brillantes abogados de Yanacocha no pudo demostrar que la familia Chaupe son unos usurpadores que se han apropiado de un terreno que supuestamente es de su propiedad. Nosotros demostramos con pruebas y argumentos que la familia no es invasora del terreno sino que es propietaria y posesionaría del mismo. Que es falso que la familia haya llegado a usurpar esas tierras usando la violencia y que haya golpeado a la policía y el personal de minera.”
20 de noviembre: Después de una hora de espera en la Sala Penal de Cajamarca, la familia Chaupe acompañada con su abogada Mirtha Vasquez, fueron informados que la audiencia se estaría postergando para el 01 de diciembre. El razón fue por que el abogado de la empresa minera Yanacocha tuvo una cita médica por problemas en la rodilla, y dejo el cargo a otro abogado, el cual manifestó en la audiencia que el no estaba preparado para el caso. Según la abogada de la familia Chaupe, la empresa emplea esta estrategia con el fin de que la Sala posponga la audiencia y así dilatar el proceso mientras se recusan a los magistrados. ***
Por favor firmen esta acción urgente pidiendo justicia para Maxima y su familia.
Pide justicia para Maxima.
Maxima Acuña Chaupe y su familia han sido propietarios del terreno en litigo desde 1994. En 2011, la Policía Nacional del Perú, junto con personal de la empresa minera Yanacocha, golpearon a la familia y dejaron a Maxima Acuña Chaupe y a su hija Jhilda Chaupe inconscientes durante un violento intento de desalojo forzoso.
A pesar que los miembros de la familia denunciaron las violaciones de derechos humanos sufridas, su denuncia fue archivada sin debidamente llevar acabo una investigación exhaustiva. En cambio, el 05 de agosto 2014, el juzgado Unipersonal de Celendin manifestó que la familia era culpable de usurpar terreno de la empresa minera Yanacocha, y sentenció a la familia a 2 años y 8 meses de prisión suspendida, más el pago de S/.5500 Soles a la empresa minera por daños.
Esta sentencia fue apelada por la familia y se tendrá la ultima audiencia este 20 de noviembre 2014 en la Sala Penal de Apelaciones del Poder Judicial de Cajamarca. Después de esto, la Sala Penal tendrá como plazo veinte días para pronunciar su decisión final.
Maxima y su familia temen por su vida, seguridad y futuro ya que si la apelación es rechazada, la familia podrá ser desalojada y estar expuesta a violaciones de derechos humanos.
“Temo por mi vida, por la vida de mi esposo, por la vida de mis niños y por la vida de las personas en mi comunidad que defienden a nosotros y a nuestra agua” (Máxima Chaupe).
Por favor firma la petición instando a las autoridades peruanas a que se respeten los derechos humanos de Maxima y su familia.
Pido que se respeten los derechos humanos de Maxima Acuña Chaupe y su familia
This petition is now closed.
Fecha de finalización: Dec 25, 2014
Firmas recogidas: 1068
Entrevista en Celendin con Dr Mirtha Vasquez, abogada de Maxima Acuña de Chaupe y su familia, dando un resumen de caso legal y sentencia de 05 de Agosto 2014.
Para más información en español- http://redulam.org/mujer-de-agosto-maxima-acuna/
This Thursday 20th November 2014, the Cajamarca criminal court will hold the final hearing regarding the legal case of Maxima Acuña Chaupe and her family. After this the court will give their verdict, which could result in the family’s eviction. Please support the family by asking the authorities that the legal process is carried out impartially. Demand justice for Maxima.
Maxima Acuña Chaupe and her family have been the legitimate owners of the land under litigation since 1994. In 2011 officials from the Peruvian National Police accompanied by personnel of the mining companyYanacocha attacked the family, leaving Maxima Acuña Chaupe and her daughter Jhilda Chaupe unconscious during a violent attempted forced eviction.
Members of the family denounced the human rights violations that they suffered, however their denunciation was archived without a thorough investigation being carried out. On the other hand, on the 5th August 2014, the Celendin Court found Maxima Acuña Chaupe and he family guilty of illegally occupying land supposedly owned by Yanacocha. They were sentenced to 2 years and 8 months suspended prison sentence and to pay the company S/. 5,500 Soles for damages.
The family appealed this sentence and the final hearing will be held this 20th of November 2014 at the Criminal Court of Appeals of the Judicial Powers of Cajamarca. After this hearing the court will have up to twenty days to give their verdict.
Maxima and her family fear for their lives, security and future, if the appeal is rejected, then the family could face an eviction and would be exposed to further human rights violations.
“I fear for my life, for the life of my husband, for the lives of my children and the lives of people in my community who defend us and our water” (Maxima Chaupe).
Please sign the petition asking the Peruvian authorities to respect the human rights of Maxim and her family.
Additional information in English-
Maxima Acuña Chaupe lives in Tragadero Grande, in the district of Sorochuco, Cajamarca, North Peru. Since 2011 Maxima and her family have been victims of violent eviction attempts and continued threats and intimidation by the Division of Special Forces of the Peruvian National Police Force (DINOES). On the 13th March 2013, police personnel of the DINOES were permanently stationed outside Maxima’s home. Now they monitor her activities and record every person that visits her. The constant police presence in the area is a constant reminder that her future is not safe, as her land is wanted by the Conga mining project.
In 1994 Maxima bought the land where she currently lives with her family and since 2011 Maxima states that a campaign of intimidation and violence began as a consequence of the mining project Conga. One incident occurred on the 10th August 2011, which left Maxima and her daughter unconscious at the hands of the DINOES, furthermore several of her animals were killed. The family resisted the eviction and Maxima gave permission for Ronderos, known as the Guardians of the Lagunas, to set up camp on her land. Unfortunately the Ronderos could not offer long-term protection.
Maxima states that on the 30th January 2013, taking advantage of the absence of the Ronderos who had attended a meeting in a nearby town, DINOES entered her property and tried to evict her family again, even though they had no eviction order.
Maxima has denounced numerous cases of violence and physical assault by staff of Yanacocha and DINOES to the Police and the district attorney. She is frustrated that her complaints are not taken seriously. However, the mining company Yanacocha has successfully denounced Maxima and her family for usurpation.
On the 29th October 2012, the family were found guilty of “usurpation” and were sentenced to a three year suspended prison sentence and to pay compensation to Yanacocha. This ruling was appealed, and in July 2013 the Court of Cajamarca ruled that the sentenced contained various irregularities of law and fact, as it failed to consider crucial pieces of evidence such as the document showing land ownership on behalf of the family.
In August 2013, new legal proceedings began for a second time in the Court of Celendin, which was entrenched by several postponements of hearings and prosecutor changes and absences.
In May 2014, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights awarded precautionary measures to Maxima and her family. Measures that until now, have not been fulfilled although attacks against the family followed.
On July 24, 2014, Jaime Chaupe and Ysidora Chaupe reported illegal activity by workers of the mine, supported by Peru’s national police: “from 9:15 a.m. a group of 25 men, including police officers, miners in work vests, and engineers have come to our land and have begun to cover up trenches that mark the perimeter of our property. Police were on top of the hill, preventing Jaime Chaupe to go down and stop the illegal activity. A worker dressed in red shouted at Jaime, telling him to ‘get down so you can see what will happen to you.’ The group of engineers were clustered near their pick up trucks. We fear that the mine is planning our eviction, with the initial activity to erase the markings of our land.”
The presence of these men is an act of harassment, since the family is not able to walk freely on their land, and following previous experiences they fear they will be attacked any time.
On July 23, 2014 Ysidora Chaupe, daughter of Maxima reported the presence of many pick up trucks belonging to Yanacocha on the road near the house. The trucks were parked for long periods of times near the house, between half an hour to forty minutes. Jaime and his daughter Jhilda Chaupe indicated that they could see that they were being watched and monitored from the trucks.
On July 22, 2014, Ysidora Chaupe reported that at noon, six policemen and two engineers with white helmets attacked Jaime Chaupe near his land. Jaime was walking alone when officers and engineers tried to attack him. Jaime ran away and locked himself in his home, but the police stayed for a few moments trying to take the family aminals.
A day earlier, on July 21, 2014, Ysidora Chaupe reported that an employee of the Yanacocha mining company called ‘Mayoral’ threatened to kill her father, Jaime Chaupe. Mayoral was with a group of miners who had parked their trucks on the road. They saw that Jaime Chaupe was walking slowly behind his animals, Mayoral left the truck and threatened Jaime ” your death is near, wait for me here in the same place and I will return to kill you.” Mayoral then returned to the truck, Jaime fled.
Maxima is vulnerable living in a remote, isolated and rural area. Since the conflict began with the mining company, she cannot plan her future, as each day is unknown. Maxima lives in constant fear of criminalization. Even more, she is afraid to leave her house in case the police once again try to destroy it or attack her and her family.