Peru

COP20: Bishops dialogue with diplomats on climate change

December 10, 2014
by 
Mary Durran, International Programs Officer for Latin America

It seemed a million miles away from the melting glaciers, the eroding deserts and the shrinking forest frontlines of the international battle against climate change. A Catholic school hall surrounded by manicured gardens in an upper class suburb of Lima was the setting for a high level dialogue between the Peruvian bishops’ conference, bishops from France, Brazil, Bangladesh and South Africa, and delegates from some of the developed nations attending the UN climate talks currently taking place in Lima.

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COP20: Development and Peace and its partners ask that the poorest be at the heart of discussions on climate change

There is one thing that is certain and indisputable about climate change: it is the poorest people, those who are the least responsible for carbon emissions, who are suffering from the greatest impact. Another sad reality is that it is these very same people who have the least access to the resources needed to fight against climate change and its impact on their environment.

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Video: Honduras and Peru: The right to free, prior and informed consent

November 18, 2013
by 
Mayalène Lavigne-Martel, Online Outreach Officer

The governments of Honduras and Peru award concessions to mining companies. Villages are displaced, fields and streams are contaminated and the communities have no say. Even so, they are demanding one thing: that their right to free, prior and informed consent be respected.

Communities in Peru divided by mining projects

October 31, 2013
by 
Mayalène Lavigne-Martel, Online Outreach Officer
Arturo Castro, leader of the community of Cruz Pampa, a village that will be displaced by a mining project.

Near Huancayo in Peru, several communities will be affected by a major phosphates mining project that is spread out over 27,700 hectares.

World Day of Social Justice

February 20, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico and Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officers

It is appropriate that this year World Day of Social Justice falls during our Share Lent campaign - a moment where we celebrate our commitment and solidarity towards building a just world. Social justice touches on questions of rights, human dignity and solidarity. It is also deeply connected to questions of ecological justice and respect of natural resources with regards to their management, conservation and justice.

Cerro de Pasco: A community being swallowed by a mine

October 12, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer
Polluted water in Cerro de Pasco caused by local mine

A sign at the entrance of the town of Cerro de Pasco reads, “Welcome to Cerro de Pasco, the highest city in the world.”

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D&P partner named to Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

October 12, 2012
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Archbishop Barreto

Archbishop Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno, Archbishop of Huancayo in Peru, has been nominated by the Pope to the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace at the Vatican. Archbishop Barreto is the President of the Department of Justice and Solidarity of the Latin American Bishops’ Conference (CELAM) and Vice-President of the Bishops' Social Action Commission (CEAS), an organization supported by Development and Peace.

Seeing firsthand the effects of mining in Peru

October 11, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer

The road from Lima to Huancayo, in the central Highlands of Peru, is a dusty and graffiti-streaked highway that climbs, at first slowly, out of a grey, mist-shrouded Lima. It is flanked by settlements of poor neighbourhoods, where pastel-coloured ramshackle houses are precariously perched on the mountainside, looking down on to a four-lane highway.

Many communities affected by mining in Peru

October 5, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer

Yesterday, I flew to South America to attend a workshop that is being organized by CIDSE, and the Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability (CNCA), along with a number of Latin American civil society organizations, on how transnational corporations can be more vigilant with respect to human rights – i.e. take steps to ensure that their operations do not lead to human rights violations and damage to local communities.

Archbishop in Peru threatened for calling for responsible environmental regulation of smelter

March 14, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, International Programs Officer for Latin America
Archbishop Barreto of Huancayo, Peru

On March 2nd, 2012, Archbishop Pedro Jimeno Barreto of Huancayo and his team, received anonymous death threats for opposing the re-opening of a US owned polymetallic smelter in the city of La Oroya.