Peru

700 people and more than 100 institutions expressed their solidarity with Mons. Pedro Barreto Jimeno SJ, Archbishop of Huancayo, who was attacked and insulted for advocating in favour of legal action against the Doe Run Company. The US multinational’s use of chemicals for treatment of impure metals had affected the health of 107 local children. On 10 December, CNDH, which is an organization linked to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, honoured Mons. Barreto with the human rights award “Premio Anual de Derechos Humanos Angel Escobar Jurado” for his long-term commitment to the defence of human rights and support of the poorest of the poor.