Home » News » GSN MONDAY MAILER MARCH 04 2013

News

GSN MONDAY MAILER MARCH 04 2013

Posted by administrador on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in News.

1.       BREAKTHROUGH REGARDING LEGAL LIABILITY OF CANADIAN MINING CORPORATIONS FOR ABUSES OVERSEAS

2.       EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN GUATEMALA

3.       GREAT NEW PIECE ON BUSINESS ETHICS AND MINING IN GUATEMALA  BY GSN’ER MICHAEL DOUGHERTY

4.       AVANCSO BREAK-IN: ONE MONTH LATER

5.       HISTORICAL PUZZLE REGARDING HERNAN CORTES


 

 1. BREAKTHROUGH REGARDING LEGAL LIABILITY OF CANADIAN MINING CORPORATIONS FOR ABUSES OVERSEAS

 

> Civil Trials Against Hudbay Minerals To Proceed In Canadian Courts, March 4-5

> There has been a precedent-setting development in Mayans’ lawsuits against Hudbay Minerals over shootings and rapes at the nickel mine site in Guatemala.

> “This is a stunning victory for our clients, and paves the way for future lawsuits against Canadian mining companies.”

> (Lawyer Murray Klippenstein)

>

> BELOW: Press Release from Klippensteins law firm

> Rights Action is honored to support and work with the nickel-mining harmed communities of eastern Guatemala since 2004, including their efforts to seek justice and remedy in Canadian courts in their three cases against Hudbay Minerals.

> Thank-you to all who have donated funds and otherwise supported their struggle for justice and remedy.

> In conjunction with the Breaking the Silence network, Rights Action is bringing one of the plaintiffs – Angelica Choc – to Toronto to attend the trial, March 4-5.  There will be public events in and around Toronto … (more information to follow.)

> MORE INFORMATION:

>

> Grahame Russell, Rights Action

> Cel: 860-751-4285

> info@rightsaction.org

> www.rightsaction.org

> www.facebook.com/rightsaction.org

 >

> BREAKTHROUGH REGARDING LEGAL LIABILITY OF CANADIAN MINING CORPORATIONS FOR ABUSES OVERSEAS

>

> Mayans' lawsuit against HudBay over shootings and rapes at mine in Guatemala to proceed in Canadian courts

>

> TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Feb. 25, 2013) – In an important precedent-setting development for the accountability of Canadian mining companies for alleged overseas human rights abuses, victims of rape and murder at a Guatemalan mine are now able to sue a Canadian mining company in Canadian courts.

>

> Guatemalan Mayan villagers who are suing Canadian mining company HudBay Minerals for the alleged gang-rapes of eleven women, the killing of community leader Adolfo Ich and the shooting and paralyzing of German Chub at HudBay's former mining project in Guatemala recently learned that HudBay has abruptly abandoned its legal argument that the lawsuit should not be heard in Canada, just before an Ontario court was set to determine the issue. As a result, and for the first time, a lawsuit against a Canadian mining company over alleged human rights abuses abroad will be heard in Canadian courts.

>

> "This is a stunning victory for human rights, and paves the way for future lawsuits against Canadian mining companies" said Murray Klippenstein, lawyer for the Mayan plaintiffs. "Corporations be warned – this case clearly shows that Canadian companies can be sued in Canadian courts for alleged human rights atrocities committed at their foreign operations."

>

> HudBay had filed extensive legal briefs arguing that the lawsuit should be heard in Guatemala, not Canada, dspite overwhelming evidence indicating that Guatemala's justice system is dysfunctional, making it impossible for the victims to get justice there. According to the United Nations, Guatemala is one of "the world's most violent countries officially at peace". According to Human Rights Watch, 99.75% of violent crime in Guatemala goes unpunished due to corruption, and intimidation and attacks against judges and witnesses.

>

> "HudBay fought Angelica, Rosa, and their co-plaintiffs tooth and nail on this issue for over a year, forcing survivors of rape to travel to Toronto to endure extensive cross-examination and forcing us to spend countless hours compiling stacks of evidence, expert reports, and witness testimony." said Murray Klippenstein. "Now the defendant's legal resistance on this key point has collapsed. Rosa, Margarita and their co-plaintiffs should be praised for the courage and determination they have shown through this difficult process."

>

> While this development effectively removes the legal argument that the case cannot be heard in Canada, other hurdles facing the Mayan villagers in their quest for justice remain. HudBay continues to rely on antiquated corporate law concepts to argue in the Canadian court that its corporate head-office is not legally responsible for the harms caused by its wholly-owned and controlled subsidiary corporation. The lawsuits continue in Ontario courts.

> Klippensteins Barristers & Solicitors

> Murray Klippenstein

> (416) 598-0288 or (416) 937-8634

> OR

>

> Cory Wanless

>

> (647) 886-1914

> www.chocversushudbay.com<http://www.chocversushudbay.com/>

>

 

 2. EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN GUATEMALA

I received your contact information through the Guatemala Scholars Network.  I am a second year law student at Berkeley Law and am currently working on an affirmative asylum application for a Guatemalan female client.  I am writing to ask if you would be willing to write a very general letter we can use in support of my client's application.  This letter of support would be considered a "Declaration of a Guatemalan Expert" for my case.  In the letter, you would briefly discuss your position at your institution and your area(s) of study, and then share what you believe is true regarding any and/or all of the following based on your own research: 1) social norms, gender equality, and gender-based violence in Guatemala; 2) violence against indigenous Mayan communities, specifically against indigenous women in Guatemala; 3) the impact of gang violence on women in Guatemala; 4) lack of access to health care for women and the prevalence of HIV in Guatemala; 5) government and police corruption in relation to protecting women against gender-based violence.   If you are available to write this letter before the end of the first week of March we would truly appreciate it.  I can provide you with a format for the declaration, as well as an example of a country expert declaration if you would like.  Thank you so much for your time.

Sincerely,

Marisol


Marisol León                                                                                                                                                                     
J.D. Candidate 2014                                                                                                            
                                            
U.C. Berkeley School of Law
| Boalt Hall                                                                                                         
marisol.leon@aya.yale.edu

 

 

3.  GREAT NEW PIECE ON BUSINESS ETHICS AND MINING IN GUATEMALA  BY GSN’ER MICHAEL DOUGHERTY

but a new piece of mine about Goldcorp in Guatemala just came out in early view in the Journal of Business Ethics.  The link is here
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10551-013-1643-0 , and if folks don't have access through their libraries they can contact me at mdoughe@ilstu.edu.  The article is about the social meaning of terrain and how it comes to mean differently in different parts of Guatemala, thus affecting responses to mining.  It's also got a lot of empirical detail on Goldcorp's CSR practices

Best,
Mike
 

Michael L. Dougherty

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Illinois State University
 

 4. AVANCSO BREAK-IN: ONE MONTH LATER

 La Asociación para el Avance de las Ciencias Sociales en Guatemala (AVANCSO)

A un mes del allanamiento de nuestras oficinas

Agradecemos las muestras de solidaridad ante este hecho, mismas que han sido manifestadas de innumerables maneras por parte de diversas organizaciones, academia, amigas, amigos tanto en Guatemala como en el extranjero.

Apreciamos y nos reconforta saber que el trabajo en investigación en Ciencias Sociales es valorado por diversos actores, lo cual nos alienta a seguir cumpliendo nuestra tarea a favor del desarrollo en Guatemala y de las ciencias sociales en general.

Manifestamos nuestra preocupación de que a un mes de este hecho, de nuevo, en la madrugada del domingo 17 de febrero, personas desconocidas trataran de ingresar a nuestras instalaciones por la jardinera del segundo nivel. Lo interpretamos como un nuevo intento de intimidación hacia nuestra institución.

Solicitamos enérgicamente a las autoridades competentes y en específico al Ministerio Público la investigación exhaustiva para dar con los responsables de estos actos.

Guatemala, 18 de febrero del 2013.

www.avancso.org.gt

Siguenos en Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Avancso.Guatemala?fref=ts


5. HISTORICAL PUZZLE REGARDING HERNAN CORTES

Get this, colegas!
________________________________________

Hernán Cortés, Primer cronista de indias.
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2013/02/09/actualidad/1360364915_298443.html?rel=rosEP

El verdadero autor de la "historia verdadera"
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2013/02/20/actualidad/1361391926_250646.html


Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Baylor University
(254) 710-6226

 

 

 

 

 



Comments are closed.


Back Home   

GSN Members

Recent Posts

News Archive