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26 Sep 2011


Unfinished Business [Guatemala]

Two weeks ago there was an election in...Guatemala...In the weeks leading up to the vote...more than 40 people were killed...This is the background against which Canadian mining companies have been doing business for the past 50 years, right through the 36 year-long civil war...For the most part, todays violence revolves around the drug cartels and the mines. Now, the anti mining forces are fighting back in a new way. Guatemalans are launching law suits in Canadian courts against Canadian mining companies. The latest is a multi million dollar claim against Hud Bay Minerals filed by 11 Mayan women allegedly raped when they were cleared off the land 4 years ago. The law suits are a new tactic in an old war - a war over land: - the government and the mining companies on one side, the Mayans and human rights workers on the other. [also refers to Inco]

Part of the following timelines

Guatemala: Radio report on recent lawsuits against Canadian mining firms over alleged human rights abuses, with a focus on lawsuit against HudBay

Hudbay Minerals lawsuit (re rape & sexual assault in Guatemala, filed in Canada)