Victims of violence at Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel mine ongoing efforts to obtain justice before Canadian & Guatemalan courts
"Nickel Mine, Lead Bullets: Maya Q'eqchi' seek justice in Guatemala and Canada", 19 May 2015.
...Chub is one of several Maya Q'eqchi' community members shot on September 27, 2009 during a crackdown on protests over threats that a group would be evicted from its ancestral lands near CGN's Fenix ferro-nickel mining project. Chub is paralyzed from the chest down as a result...Chub was participating in the soccer game, he says, and was not involved in the protests...A former military coronel, Padilla is charged with homicide, assault causing grievous bodily harm, and assault causing bodily harm for his responsibility for the actions of security guards in his charge and for taking some of the shots himself. At the time, he was the head of security for CGN [Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel], then a subsidiary of HudBay Minerals, a Toronto-based mining company...The criminal case against CGN's former head of security is an exception to the rule in Guatemala, and a series of ongoing related civil lawsuits in Canada have already set an important precedent when a judge ruled they could proceed in a Canadian court...The judge presiding over the case transferred to a court in Guatemala City after proceedings began...[Also refers to EXMIBAL, Inco (part of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce, now Vale), Skye Resources (part of HudBay)]