Canadian court dismisses case of Ecuadorian farmers allegedly assaulted by security forces hired by mining company Copper Mesa

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Author: Carlos Zorrilla y Cirilo Mychalejko

El 2 de diciembre de 2006, 14 paramilitares armados...dispararon...contra un grupo de campesinos ecuatorianos desarmados...Este asalto ha llevado a tres de los campesinos...a presentar una demanda contra la Bolsa de Valores de Toronto (TSX) y Copper Mesa Corporation, la empresa minera canadiense responsable...[L]a Corte de Apelaciones de Canadá fall[ó] en contra de los tres...con lo que se perdió mucho más que un pleito. El tribunal dijo básicamente que las personas extranjeras no tienen derecho a demandar a una institución canadiense o a una empresa por violaciones de los Derechos Humanos en los tribunales canadienses...Cuando el sistema judicial no garantiza la justicia mínima en casos de abusos claros por parte de las empresas transnacionales, o cuando el litigio está económicamente fuera del alcance de la mayoría de la gente, ¿qué otro camino hay para las comunidades que buscan justicia? [se refiere a Ecuacorriente (parte de Corriente Resources), Chevron]

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30 April 2011

Ecuadorians Lose Appeal in Lawsuit Against Canadian Mining Company and TSX: Canadian law continues to fail communities harmed by Canadian mining overseas

Author: Klippensteins Barristers & Solicitors, Canada

On March 11, 2011, the Court of Appeal for Ontario dismissed an appeal by Ecuadorian campesinos who say they were assaulted by security forces hired on behalf of a Canadian mining company in their native Ecuador...Marcia Ramírez, Polivio Peréz and Israel Peréz had sued Canadian mining company Copper Mesa Mining Corporation and two of its directors as well as the Toronto Stock Exchange, which the Ecuadorians say listed the mining company on its stock exchange after having been warned that money from the listing would lead to violence...In the ruling, the Court recognized that “[t]he threats and assaults alleged by the plaintiffs are serious wrongs. Nothing in these reasons should be taken as undermining the plaintiffs’ rights to seek appropriate redress for those wrongs”, but nonetheless ruled against the Ecuadorians...The Plaintiffs are considering a possible appeal.

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26 April 2011

No Justice, No Peace: Canadian Mining in Ecuador and Impunity

Author: Carlos Zorrilla and Cyril Mychalejko, Upside Down World

On December 2, 2006, 14 paramilitaries…fired into a group of unarmed Ecuadorian campesinos...resisting a copper mining project…This assault led three of the local campesinos…to file a lawsuit against the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Copper Mesa Corporation, the Canadian mining company responsible...[A] Liberal Member of Parliament from Canada…introduced legislation that would have been a concrete first step in holding Canadian mining companies accountable for their behavior overseas. Bill C-300…was voted down...[W]hen…the Court of Appeals in Canada ruled against the three…[t]he court basically said that people overseas have no right to sue a Canadian institution or company for human rights violations in Canadian courts…When the judicial system so utterly fails to guarantee minimum justice in cases of clear abuses by transnational corporations, or when the litigation is economically so out of reach for the majority of effected people, what other route is there for communities to seek justice? [also refers to Ecuacorriente (part of Corriente Resources), Chevron]

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