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Colombia: Two environmental defenders escape unharmed after attack; includes AngloGold Ashanti comments

According to the environmental organization Young Peoples Social and Environmental Collective of Cajamarca (Colectivo Socio-Ambiental Juvenil de Cajamarca – COSAJUCA) , unknown people shot at two of their leaders, but were not injured or killed. These defenders oppose an open-pit mining project in their territory by AngloGold Ashanti.  The company issued a statement (in Spanish) condemning the event.

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7 August 2017

“Two environmental human rights defenders were shot at in Cajamarca, Tolima on Friday 28 July 2017”

Author: ABColombia

The two environmental defenders working for the Young Peoples Social and Environmental Collective of Cajamarca (Colectivo Socio-Ambiental Juvenil de Cajamarca – COSAJUCA) were shot at and narrowly escaped being injured or killed in Cajamarca on Friday, 28 July 2017. COSAJUCA is part of a large group of local organisations working to defend environmental and social rights. For the last four years, COSAJUCA have reported threats against members of their organisation for “defending [their] territory from the mining project of La Colosa”.[1] In recent years, two members of COSAJUCA have been killed, in 2013 Juan Camilo Pinto, and in 2014, Daniel Humberto Sánchez.[2]…La Colosa is a gold mining project owned by British registered company AngloGold Ashanti (headquartered in South Africa). The citizens of Cajamarca have been protesting against La Colosa mine for the last 10 years. In a recent protest in June 2016, over 100,000 citizens took to the streets to protest in the department of Tolima, where the mine is situated…

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