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Guatemalan women's human rights claims against Hudbay proceed in Canadian court

"Guatemalan Women’s Claims Put Focus on Canadian Firms’ Conduct Abroad", 02 Apr 2016

...Margarita Caal Caal..said..men who had come to evict her from land they said belonged to a Canadian mining company also took turns raping her. After that, they dragged her from her home and set it ablaze...Mrs. Caal has taken her case to the courts, but not in Guatemala, where Mayan villagers like her, illiterate and living in isolated areas, have had little legal success. She has filed in Canada, where her negligence suit, Caal v. Hudbay Mineral Inc., has sent shivers through the vast Canadian mining, oil and gas industry...But Mrs. Caal’s negligence claim..[has] already passed several significant legal hurdles — suggesting that companies based in Canada could face new scrutiny about their overseas operations in the future. In June, a ruling ordered Hudbay to turn over what Mrs. Caal’s lawyers expect will be thousands of pages of internal documents...Hudbay officials dispute most of the plaintiffs’ claims...

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