SIGN TO CALL ON THE PERUVIAN STATE TO END VIOLATIONS OF THE RIGHT TO HEALTH IN CUNINICO AND ESPINAR
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO ENSURE THAT THE PERUVIAN STATE ADOPTS EMERGENCY MEASURES TO RESPOND TO THE URGENT HEALTH NEEDS IN CUNINICO AND ESPINAR
Various Indigenous communities in the Amazon and Andes regions of Peru are experiencing health crises: they are exposed to and their only sources of water are contaminated with toxic metals, and the Peruvian State has not acted to address the situation.
Studies have demonstrated that the main water sources that these communities depend on are contaminated and that the residents of the communities are exposed to toxic metals and other chemical substances that are harmful to human health. Faced with these realities, the fact that the Peruvian State has failed to provide these communities with safe drinking water or with adequate healthcare constitutes a violation of their right to health.
The communities of Alto Huarca, Cala Cala, Huisa, Huisa Collana, Alto Huancané and Bajo Huancané are located in the province of Espinar in the Cusco region, located in the southern highlands of the Peru, five hours from the city of Cusco. The communities interviewed by Amnesty International are approximately between 10 and 15 km from Yauri, the provincial capital, where the nearest hospital and health centre are.