Defend Children's Health in Peru

by Asociacion Interamericana Para La Defensa Del Ambiente (AIDA)
Defend Children's Health in Peru
Defend Children's Health in Peru
Defend Children's Health in Peru
Defend Children's Health in Peru
Defend Children's Health in Peru
Defend Children's Health in Peru
Defend Children's Health in Peru
Defend Children's Health in Peru
Defend Children's Health in Peru
Defend Children's Health in Peru

Project Report | Sep 16, 2023
Setting a Precedent for Human Rights

By Victor Quintanilla | Content Coordinator

La Oroya witness - photo by Julieta Bugacoff
La Oroya witness - photo by Julieta Bugacoff

The struggle of the La Oroya community in Peru, enduring decades of harmful pollution and a lack of effective governmental intervention, is not an isolated incident within Latin America. 

"There are many cases like La Oroya in Latin America, many of which are slaughter zones where highly polluting activities seriously affect numerous people, particularly those in impoverished areas, including women and children. The significance of this case is deeply rooted in this reality, offering the possibility for people on other continents to have legal tools at their disposal to protect their individual and collective right to live in a healthy environment." - Liliana Avila, Coordinator for AIDA’s Human Rights and Environment Program. 

Regrettably, there are numerous areas across the continent referred to as environmental and social sacrifice zones, where highly polluting endeavors, such as the La Oroya metallurgical complex, continue to operate without proper oversight from the authorities entrusted with safeguarding human life, health, personal well-being, and other fundamental rights. 

The significance of this case directly arises from these harsh realities, extending beyond the boundaries of Peru and presenting an unprecedented opportunity to establish a noteworthy precedent for the entire continent. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which has yet to render a verdict on the Peruvian state's accountability and the reparations owed to the victims, has undertaken this matter. 

AIDA will continue to empower and assist communities across the region in their efforts to defend their right to a healthy environment. We hope that as this case progresses, individuals throughout Latin America and globally will increasingly recognize the power of their actions today, understanding that they will shape our future. This case has showed us the importance of attentively listening to the concerns of people from La Oroya and providing unwavering support as they strive to overcome years of severe pollution, with the aim of safeguarding not only the well-being of present generations but also that of generations yet to come. 


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May 18, 2023
La Oroya; On The Way to a Healthier Environment

By Rosa Pena | Attorney Human Rights and Environment Program

Jan 19, 2023
Bringing the voice of La Oroya to court

By Liliana Avila | Senior Attorney Human Rights & Environment

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Asociacion Interamericana Para La Defensa Del Ambiente (AIDA)

Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
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