La Oroya Precautionary Measure Extension (in Spanish)

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)
May, 2016

On May 3rd of 2016, the IACHR decided to extend the scope of the Precautionary Measure 271/05, originally granted on August 31st of 2007 in favor of 65 persons of the community of La Oroya in Peru.

Through this extension (in Spanish), the IACHR requested protection for the life and personal integrity of 14 persons members of the La Oroya community. The information provided alleges that the proposed beneficiaries are at risk given their current health state, which is related to the alleged pollution they are exposed to due to their proximity to the Smelter Complex La Oroya.

Additionally, the extension request also alleges that the pathologies the proposed beneficiaries present are aggravated due to a lack of an integral medical treatment provided by the State.

Through the decision of extending this precautionary measure, the Commission requested Peru to adopt the necessary measures to preserve the life and personal integrity of 10 women and 4 men, carrying out the necessary medical assessments to determine the levels of lead, cadmium and arsenic in blood, in order to provide adequate medical attention, in accordance with international standards on this subject; to agree upon measures to be adopted with the beneficiaries and their representatives; and to provide information on the actions adopted to investigate the alleged facts that resulted on the adoption of a precautionary measure in order to avoid repetition.

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