Write for Rights at UCV - Dec 11, 2016

A farmer defies one of the world’s biggest gold mines

This peasant farmer in northern Peru has taken on one of the biggest gold and copper mines in the world.

Máxima Acuña is in a legal battle with Yanacocha, one of the biggest gold and copper mines anywhere, over the ownership of the land where she lives with her family. She has braved violent attacks from local police for refusing to leave. Máxima believes the harassment from police is an attempt to drive her away from her home so that the mining company can use her land. But she will not give in.

Police have attacked her family numerous times and as recently as 18 September 2016 after which she was hospitalized. They have beaten her and her children, damaged her house and demolished an extension she was building. On one occasion, Yanacocha’s own armed security guards even destroyed her crops.

It’s a campaign of intimidation designed to make her want to give up her fight and leave. But Máxima is not going anywhere. “I will never kneel before Yanacocha,” she says.

Her bravery has won Máxima Acuña the 2016 Goldman Prize. It’s the world’s most respected environmental award.


Community members look up to Máxima Acuña as a leader who defends the land. They have banded together to protect her. We must, too. Tell Peru to protect her from violence and intimidation.

Article 12, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home...

Article 17, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Please write to:

Carlos Basombrío
Ministerio del Interior
Plaza 30 de Agosto s/n Urb. Corpac
San Isidro Lima, Perú

Start your letter with:
Dear Minister,

Begin or end your letter with this request

Ask him to protect Máxima and her family from the harassment and intimidation they face every day.

Write in your own words

Describe who you are and what concerns you about the safety of Máxima Acuña.

Show Máxima that you stand with her

Tell her that you are speaking up to protect her and her family. Use a $2.50 stamp.

Máxima Acuña
c/o Amnistía Internacional Perú
Calle Manuel A. Fuentes 894
San Isidro
Lima
Perú

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