Wed, Nov 28, 2012: GUATEMALANS SEEK JUSTICE AGAINST HUDBAY MINERALS

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Five Mayan Qeqchi people, from the nickel mining harmed communities of El Estor, department of Izabal, Guatemala, are in Toronto to participate with their lawyers in pre-trial cross-examinations with Hudbay Mineral’s lawyers. These examinations are part of 3 civil negligence suits filed against Hudbay Minerals concerning the gang rape of eleven Qeqchi women in 2007, and the killing of Adolfo Ich and shooting/paralyzing of German Chub in 2009. From 2008-2011, Hudbay Minerals tried to operate a nickel mine that has been controversial in Guatemala since the 1970s when then Canadian mining giant INCO (International Nickel Company) operated the mine, colluding with the US-backed Guatemalan military regime in acts of repression – including killings and disappearances – against the same Qeqchi population. Though Hudbay sold its mining interests in 2011, at an estimated loss of $200 million, Qeqchi people continue to seek justice and remedy for the human rights violations they suffered under the ownership and control of Hudbay, including the gang rape of eleven Qeqchi women, the killing of Adolfo Ich and the shooting/paralyzing of German Chub.

WHO WILL PARTICIPATE: Mayan Qeqchi plaintiffs, from the nickel mining harmed communities of El Estor, department of Izabal, Guatemala. Participating in this event: Angelica Choc, wife of Adolfo Ich; Rosa Elbira and Margarita Caal, two of the gang-rape victims; German Chub; Maria Cuc Choc, sister of Angelica Choc; Grahame Russell of Rights Action.

DATE: November 28, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00pm

WHERE: OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St West, Toronto

BACKGROUND FILM: INTERVIEW WITH MARIA CUC CHOC
6 minutes (English/Spanish)
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eprNmWV64I8

FREE EVENTDONATIONS will be encouraged. Funds raised at this event help support the work of the Qeqchi people for justice, community development and protection of their environment. Tax-deductible donations can be made. (CHEQUES: Make cheque payable to “Rights Action” and mail to: Rights Action, (Box 552) 351 Queen St. E, Toronto ON, M5A-1T8. CREDIT-CARD DONATIONS: http://www.rightsaction.org/tax-deductible-donations)

BACKGROUND FILM: INTERVIEW WITH MARIA CUC CHOC
6 minutes (English/Spanish)
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eprNmWV64I8

  1. Richard Zitman

    I hope the Canadian courts recognize the very real effects that Canadian mining companies are having in foreign lands.

    It’s a shame that Canadian companies are following the the American methods of exploiting resources.

    You know,…find a corruptible leader, convince them to take a big bribe, like sending their children to Canada for an education, and using paramilitary mercenaries to suppress dissenters.

    Shame…

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