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1.       LETTER TO GSN’ERS FROM CIRMA FOUNDER AND NEW DIRECTOR
2.       MORE ATTACKS ON JOURNALISTS IN GUATEMALA
3.     LETTER of INTRODUCTION FROM NEW UDV DIRECTOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY, GSN’ER TATIANA PAZ LEMUS
4.     Letter of support for Irma Alicia Vasquez Nimatuj from major Guatemalan Academics
5.    Country conditions expert needed for Guatemala domestic violence-based asylum case
6.       Call for papers for next LASA Meeting Session on Migration and the State in Central America
7.     GUATEMALAN ANTHROPOLOGIST REQUESTS HELP WITH ONLINE SURVEY ON MIGRATION
8.     NEW VOLUME ON THE Franja Transversal del Norte FROM CEDFOG (SEE pdf ABOVE)
9.     GHRC IS HIRING
10.  Precedent Setting Ruling In Canada Against Hudbay Minerals, For Indigenous Plaintiffs In Guatemala (long)


1.       LETTER TO GSN’ERS FROM CIRMA FOUNDER AND NEW DIRECTOR
 
Dear GSNers,

It was our great pleasure to host the Guatemalan Scholars Network for a cocktail and concert on July 11, 2013 at the CIRMA house.

I was delighted to see so many familiar faces; and equally, to see so many new ones. 

For those of you who were new to CIRMA, thirty-five years ago–with my late colleague, William Swezey–I founded CIRMA, Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamerica. I am an historian and have devoted my career to researching and writing about Guatemala.

CIRMA collects, protects and shares important historical material about Guatemala. It is open to the public, yet it was created with you in mind – and all others who devote their careers to studying and writing about this compelling nation and region.

In the grand, old, colonial-style house where you were hosted in Antigua's historic district, we collect, house and care for: a library,  special collection books (the Franz Termer Collection and more), manuscripts, newspaper archives, films, maps, ephemera and a large photo archive or fototeca. We even have a new, unique collection of the personal papers from several past presidents of Guatemala.

CIRMA exists to make your work more enriching to the ongoing academic discourse, to provide a collegial space to study documents and data, and to safeguard what we feel are gems of history.

Like Guatemala, CIRMA has had its ups and downs. We are now on a great upswing! My colleagues on the board of directors–Mitchell Denburg, Igal Permuth and Catherine Docter–and I ,have worked hard for the last 2 years to refocus CIRMA on the important mission of being a meaningful, well organized and useful archive focusing on the social sciences of Guatemala.

As an important step in that direction, I am very proud to introduce you to the new CIRMA director, Dra. Grete Pasch. Grete is a Guatemalan who studied internationally. She started as director this April, 2013, but has already helped us get better organized and introduced more effective systems. She did her masters at the London School of Economics and her doctorate at UT-Austin in Library Information Sciences. We feel very lucky to have Grete leading CIRMA. Please see a note from Grete immediately below.

Chris Lutz
President, Board of Directors, CIRMA
chris.lutz@me.com
______________________

A NOTE FROM GRETE PASCH TO GSN MEMBERS:
 
As the new director of CIRMA, it was a pleasure to welcome you all here at the CIRMA house. My staff and I so enjoyed meeting many of you and hosting a cocktail with Guatemalan virtuoso guitarist, Luis Juarez Quixtan, in honor of GSN's 2013 Antigua meetings.

I took over as director just three months ago and have hit the ground running. I look forward to meeting each of you in the coming months and years as your research evolves; I am certain that CIRMA holds essential material (or connections to essential materials) that will amplify and enhance your work.

My goals are to craft an organized, well catalogued, easily accessible archive. We know that means we have some serious work to do, and we know that work will benefit from being connected with you – your research, your outreach and your energy. So please stay connected, tell us what you are looking for and why, come visit us often, let us know what you are working on so we can know where to help. Please feel free to write to me directly and I will make sure your requests get addressed. gpasch@cirma.org.gt

Grete Pasch
Director, CIRMA
 


 
2.       MORE ATTACKS ON JOURNALISTS IN GUATEMALA
 
From the Miami Herald Posted on Tuesday, 08.13.13
Journalist in critical condition after gun attack
 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
GUATEMALA CITY – Authorities in Guatemala say assailants have shot and wounded a print and radio journalist in the southern part of the Central American nation.
Fire department spokesman Juan Lopez says Freddy Rodas was shot three times and is at a hospital in Guatemala City. Lopez says Rodas was attacked late Monday in the town of Mazatenango.
Rodas works for the newspaper Al Dia and for Radio Sonora.
Radio Sonora's director Arnulfo Guzman says Rodas is in critical condition.
Last week, gunmen killed radio reporter Jesus Lim in Guatemala's eastern province of Zacapa. Lima was shot as he sat inside his car parked outside the Sultana Radio station.
Police say they haven't found out who is behind the attacks or why the journalists were targeted.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/13/3560535_journalist-in-critical-condition.html#storylink=cpy
 
Subject: Fwd: Allanan Instituto Demos
Y sigue la yunta andando…
 
COMUNICADO DEL RELATOR ESPECIAL DE NACIONES UNIDAD PARA LA LIBERTAD DE EXPRESIÓN Y OPINIÓN 
Guatemala, 1° de agosto 2013 – Allanado el Instituto DEMOS!

El día jueves 1° de agosto al llegar las primeras compañeras y compañeros del Instituto Demos a nuestra sede, a temprana hora de la mañana, se encontraron con el lamentable hecho de que durante la noche, nuestras oficinas fueron allanadas violentamente, y quienes ingresaron se llevaron las computadoras de trabajo que se encontraban sobre los escritorios o computadoras portátiles que estaban en las gavetas de los mismos,  y por supuesto, la información que ellas contenían.  También abrieron gavetas y archivos, incluyendo “Leitz”, dejando los papeles esparcidos por todas partes, en mi oficina, incluso sacaron una gaveta en donde guardamos los “boarding passes” de vuelos realizados para mi trabajo como Relator, dejando todos ordenados encima del escritorio como si alguien los estaba analizando o fotografiando.  Lo más extraño sin embargo es que abrieron una bodega en la que tenemos computadoras usadas guardadas, pero éstas no las sustrajeron, de igual forma no se llevaron una televisión grande, otra pequeña, la cañonera de “power point” y otros aparatos con algún valor, lo cual hace pensar que no se trataba de un simple robo, por lo que nosotros lo entendemos más bien como un acto de intimidación por el trabajo de Derechos Humanos que realiza el Instituto DEMOS. 
 
Quienes ingresaron ilegalmente lo hicieron haciendo un boquete en la pared de atrás de la casa, en donde hay un estacionamiento de vehículos y, posteriormente, de nuestra casa abrieron un boquete hacia la casa vecina a la cual ingresaron y extrajeron productos comerciales que allí se encuentran.  Ambas casas tienen sistemas internos de alarma que fueron inutilizados por los invasores.
 
Cabe mencionar que tanto en el Instituto Demos como a título personal, por ejercer el mandato de Libertad de Expresión, hemos sido atacados verbalmente por una supuesta “fundación contra el terrorismo” y cuyo director se ha permitido ofender públicamente a activistas de derechos humanos, intelectuales y líderes mayas, actitud que hemos cuestionado en comentarios de prensa o televisión, ante lo cual el mismo respondió con una columna ofensiva y de agresión en mi contra, el día martes 30 de julio en el diario El Periódico.
 
Lo que me he permitido expresar en mi columna de los jueves, de Prensa Libre, es que queda claro que hay quiénes están interesados en provocar a los sectores progresistas y populares del país, buscando generar una tensión artificial, regresando a la retórica extremista y violenta del conflicto.  Pero el problema fundamental de esta actitud es que eventualmente, los hechos siguen el rumbo de las palabras, y si se genera un ambiente de agresión verbal progresiva, inevitablemente, se lleva al país a momentos de agresión física; esto ya está sucediendo con las comunidades indígenas que expresan su rechazo a las concesiones mineras que les hacen daño, por lo cual están sufriendo agresiones violentas y acusaciones de terrorismo, al igual que las agencias internacionales de cooperación que dan apoyo a dichas comunidades.
 
Yo no acepto ninguna forma de censura gubernamental, pero sí creo que la sociedad en general tiene el derecho de expresar su indignación y rechazo ante estas formas violentas y ofensivas de expresión pues no debemos permitir a nadie utilizar la Libertad de Expresión como excusa para atropellar la dignidad humana.
 
Agradecemos las muestras de apoyo y solidaridad que estamos recibiendo desde todos los rincones y pedimos al mundo entero que vuelva a dirigir su atención hacia Guatemala, un país que atraviesa una de las peores crisis de inseguridad y desigualdad económico-social y que está al borde de la ingobernabilidad por la incapacidad y corrupción de sus líderes políticos.
 
FIN
 
Frank La Rue
Relator Especial de Naciones Unidas para
La Libertad de Opinión y Expresión  
 


 
3.     LETTER of INTRODUCTION FROM NEW UDV DIRECTOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY, GSN’ER TATIANA PAZ LEMUS
 
Estimados profesores, colaboradores y graduados,

Es un gusto saludarles por este medio, y oficialmente presentarme como Directora del Departamento de Antropología y Sociología. Agradezco a quienes tuvieron la gentileza de contestar a la invitación que enviara sobre el concierto de hip-hop, independientemente de su agrado por éste género musical. Estoy en proceso de aprender a manejar los listados, así que en estas semanas ordenaremos de mejor manera qué comunicaciones reciben ustedes como parte de nuestra red.

En los próximos días recibirán noticia de las actividades que tenemos planificadas dentro del departamento; de igual manera en la página de Facebook del Departamento podrán encontrar las convocatorias a las actividades internas y regulares que se llevan a cabo en UVG. Considerando su valioso tiempo y procurando no invadir sus buzones de correo, haré lo posible por encontrar un sistema que facilite la sistematización y comunicación de las noticias, eventos y menesteres diversos en los que participa nuestro departamento y puedan ser de su interés.

En esta etapa  de transición, agradezco de antemano su apoyo mientras me socializo en las reglas tácitas y explícitas de nuestra comunidad. En esta fase, nuestro ahora Decano, el Mtro. Andrés Álvarez juega un importante papel compartiendo su conocimiento y experiencia conmigo. No está de más decir que las puertas de nuestra oficina (que continua en el mismo lugar) están siempre abiertas a la conversación y la colaboración.
Sin más por el momento, reciban un cálido saludo y las muestras de mi estima,
Tatiana Paz Lemus

Tatiana Paz Lemus
Directora
Departamento de Antropología y Sociología
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
18 avenida 11-95, zona 15, Vista Hermosa III
Guatemala, C.A. 01015
Tels. PBX: (502)23640336/40 Ext.:402
tpaz@uvg.edu.gt  


 
4.     Letter of support for Irma Alicia Vasquez Nimatuj from major Guatemalan Academics
 
Guatemala, 7 de agosto del 2013
 
Hermana Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj
 
Hermanas/hermanos, amigas/amigos y colegas
 
Nos dirigimos a usted Irma Alicia, a las personas que decidieron hacer causa común al suscribir este documento y a quienes comparten este posicionamiento, para hacerles llegar con mucha satisfacción las firmas de apoyo recibidas. Esta respuesta representa un respaldo colectivo a usted y a quienes han asumido la valiente posición de hablarle claro a ese poder que pretende silenciarnos por medio del terror. Apreciamos las voces decididas, críticas y apegadas a la justicia, pues son indispensables en un contexto en que se han agravado los actos de persecución contra quienes desde su trabajo organizativo, político, intelectual, artístico y académico buscan construir formas de vivir que desplacen la vieja tradición autoritaria y violenta. Por esto mismo, tenemos claridad en que callar significa permitir que gritos belicosos como los que ahora buscan intimidarnos, sigan estableciéndose como las formas legítimas de hablar en este país. 
 
Queremos asimismo, aprovechar la ocasión para enviar nuestro profundo respeto y admiración a las mujeres y los hombres, principalmente indígenas y rurales, quienes a pesar de ser despojados, perseguidos y violentados por el saqueo de sus territorios, quienes teniendo apenas recursos para sobrevivir, continúan de pie y con la dignidad inquebrantable. La sociedad guatemalteca poco o nada sabe de ellos, debido a que los medios de comunicación masivos no los visualizan o trasladan una visión a menudo hostil, desinformada y tendenciosa sobre sus reivindicaciones. Pero su coherencia, firmeza y dignidad son un verdadero aliento en medio de tanta destrucción.
 
Sirva, entonces, esta modesta acción para confirmar la unificación de fuerzas, voluntades y lazos de entendimiento. Queda pendiente el celebrar este momento en un acto político-público que posibilite encuentros y reencuentros. Cerramos diciendo que, estas actitudes de intimidación no nos arrastrarán hacia las trampas de la segmentación, más bien nos conducirán a una mayor cohesión y nos llevarán siempre a dar pasos hacia adelante.    
 
Respetuosamente,    
 
Aura Cumes, Gladys Tzul Tzul, Edgar Esquit
 
Kajkoj Máximo Ba Tiul, Ajb'ee Jiménez, Emilio Del Valle Escalante


 
5.    Country conditions expert needed for Guatemala domestic violence-based asylum case
 
My name is Nina Thanawala, and I am currently working on an domestic violence-based asylum case referred to us by Tahirih Justice Center.  Our client is a Guatemalan citizen.  We are looking for a country conditions expert who can provide an affidavit and possibly oral testimony at the merits hearing on November 21, 2013 in Arlington Immigration Court in Arlington, Virginia.  I contacted Professor James Loucky at Western Washington University, who suggested that I reach out to you and the Guatemala Scholars Network. 
 
Our client initially came to the United States with her husband in 2001.  She later separated from her husband and went back to Guatemala in 2010, intending to stay there permanently to care for her ailing father.  She began a new relationship while in Guatemala, but her boyfriend became abusive and controlling.  She fled to the United States in April 2011, but was caught and detained until June 2011. 
 
Any suggestions on how to find an expert for this case would be very helpful.  Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you. 
 
Best,
Nina
 
Nina Thanawala*
Associate
nthanawala@steptoe.com
Steptoe
 

+1 202 429 6490 direct
+1 202 429 3902 fax
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
www.steptoe.com
 


 
6.       Call for papers for next LASA Meeting Session on Migration and the State in Central America
 
Please find below a call for papers for the panel Migration and the State in Central America: Control, Citizenship and Inequalities.
Panel Proposal – LASA, Chicago, IL May 21-24, 2014
Organizers: Isabel Rosales (GIGA/ University of Hamburg) and Koen Voorend (Institute of Social Studies/ University of Costa Rica)

Panel Abstract:
Central America, one of the most unequal regions in the world, is host to many migration scenarios. Known especially for being a migrant-sending region to the United States, and with intraregional migration systems (Nicaragua-Costa Rica; Nicaragua and Honduras-El Salvador, Guatemala) the region has gained importance in the last decade. Migration being a main escape valve to socio-economic hardship in the isthmus, it represents both an opportunity and a threat to Central American states. Migration challenges traditional notions of citizenship, belonging and integration. In this scenario it is key to understand state responses to both emigration and immigration in the region. The objective of this panel is to critically discuss state policy towards migration in Central America and the consequences these policies unfold at different levels. We aim to discuss on the one hand, what makes some states more reluctant than others to implement policies for emigrants to strengthen ties with the home country, or policies that enable integration for their immigrants. On the other hand, the panel discusses how these policies contribute to the perpetuation or creation of new forms of stratification between different groups of migrants, and between migrants and nationals. This panel is organized as part of the activities of the academic network on migration control, LiberaBordes. We aim to bring together academics both from and working on Central American migration.

If you are interested please send us an abstract of no more than 250 words, with paper title, institutional affiliation and your contact details by August 28th.

We would also like to kindly ask you to forward this information to your contacts that may be interested.
Best wishes,
Koen and Isabel

Isabel Rosales Sandoval
Junior Research Fellow
GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
20354 Hamburg
Tel. +49(0)40-42825-753 / -547 (Fax)
Webpage: http://staff.giga-hamburg.de/rosales


 
7.     GUATEMALAN ANTHROPOLOGIST REQUESTS HELP WITH ONLINE SURVEY ON MIGRATION
 
Dear friends:

I am a Guatemalan Anthropologist from Universidad del Valle, currently doing research for my doctoral thesis on Guatemalan migrant organizations as transnational actors at Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid. Would you please be so kind to share the following survey with your Guatemalan contacts in the US? The survey addresses Guatemalan women and men living in the US for economic, political, marriage, or other reasons in any city, with any migration status and no residence time required.
http://freeonlinesurveys.com/app/rendersurvey.asp?sid=v9wic9zcwnwjl45297483&refer=freeonlinesurveys%2Ecom
Thank you all for your help! Kind regards,

Aracely Martínez aracelymartinezcomillas@gmail.com


 
8.     NEW VOLUME ON THE Franja Transversal del Norte FROM CEDFOG (SEE pdf ABOVE)


 
9.     GHRC IS HIRING

We at GHRC are excited to announce that we are expanding once again and hiring a Communication and Administrative Assistant.

GHRC Mission
The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA (GHRC) is a non-profit, grassroots, solidarity organization dedicated to promoting human rights in Guatemala and supporting communities and activists who face threats and violence. GHRC documents and denounces abuses, educates the international community, and advocates for policies that foster peace and justice.
 
More about our work:
GHRC analyzes the structural causes of human rights violations and the impact those abuses have on the population, with a particular focus on women and vulnerable communities. We provide reports and educational materials to the international community related to human rights in Guatemala and offer ways in which allies can affect positive change. We advocate for government policies in Guatemala and the United States which support human rights, protect those Guatemalans striving to uphold those rights, and contribute to positive, systemic change. And we provide direct support to human rights defenders threatened or attacked for their work.
 

Currently, we focus on addressing violations related to militarization; women’s rights; right to truth, justice and historic memory; criminalization and impunity; and access to land and natural resources.
 
GHRC is based in Washington, DC and has an office in Guatemala City. The Communication and Administrative Assistant will work from the DC office.
 
Responsibilities
The Communication and Administrative Assistant (Assistant), in conjunction with the Director, will support the ongoing creativity, effectiveness, and financial stability of the organization. Under the supervision of the Director, the Assistant is responsible for helping to manage the office, process financial transactions, maintain databases, and assist in fundraising initiatives, education efforts and communication. The Assistant will maintain a collaborative working relationship with the Director, staff, and interns/volunteers.
 
Primary duties include:
 
Communications: 40%

  • Edit and produce human rights publication, El Quetzal, 3-4 times a year with assistance from other staff
  • Update website and manage GHRC’s blog
  • Oversee publication of educational tools such as fact sheets
  • Support development and implementation of strategy to grow GHRC base and listserv
  • Research and use social media tools to reach new supporters and disseminate news and publications.
  • Support production and dissemination of urgent actions

Financial and Office Management: 30%

  • Manage donor database, mailing list, and newsletter subscriptions
  • Pay bills, process credit card transactions and merchandise sales
  • Order office supplies and seek out cost-efficient ways to operate the office
  • Provide basic IT troubleshooting
  • Support hiring and oversight of interns

Fundraising: 20% 

  • Coordinate direct mail campaigns
  • Manage communication with donors (thank-you letters, phone calls, etc)
  • Identify and apply for new sources of funding for GHRC such as grants from foundations and religious institutions and online fundraising platforms.

Event Coordination: 10%

  • Plan and coordinate with volunteers, interns, board and other staff to execute two educational/fundraising events per year in the DC area.

Required Qualifications

  • A strong commitment to human rights and social justice issues as they relate to Guatemala
  • Fluency in Spanish, both oral and written
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, and ability to manage multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced office environment
  • Able to work well as part of a team
  • Familiarity with current office technology and computer programs
  • Familiarity with social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter

GHRC will give preference to candidates who have knowledge and experience with one or more of the following:

  • Living and/or working in Guatemala or Latin America
  • The history of Guatemala
  • Experience in event planning
  • Basic graphic design
  • Basic website design (WordPress a plus)
  • Written translation
  • Quickbooks
  • Fundraising and grant writing

Term: One year guaranteed, subject to a favorable evaluation after the first three months. Extension of the term will depend on funds available. Starting salary is $33,000 with good health benefits and retirement plan as well as four weeks of paid vacation provided.
 
Please send cover letter, resume, writing samples in both English and Spanish (no longer than 3 pages), and contact information for three references to: Kelsey Alford Jones at ghrc-usa@ghrc-usa.org or 3321 12th St. NE, Washington, DC 20017. Please include “Communication and Administrative Assistant” as the subject line of your email.
 
Apply by August 25, 2013.
 
Early application encouraged.  The position will remain open until filled.
 
The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA values a multicultural and multiethnic work environment and strongly encourages people of all backgrounds and experiences to apply. For more information about GHRC, visit our website.

 
   
   
   
   


10.  Precedent Setting Ruling In Canada Against Hudbay Minerals, For Indigenous Plaintiffs In Guatemala (long)
 
I'm really pleased to share our great news that the 3 cases against HudBay Minerals and their Guatemalan Subsidiary CGN will be heard in Canadian courts. Shortly after the GSN meeting wrapped, we received the judges ruling that all three cases can and will be heard in Canada. Attached is Grahame Russell's notice via Rights Action and the press release from Klippensteins (the Canadian law firm working pro bono on these cases).
 
The news garnered significant attention in the Canadian press (including our national paper – The Globe and Mail) and just today the news hit the Guatemalan press after yesterday's press conference in Guatemala City. I'll include some links below.
 
Thank you for sharing this wonderful news with our GSN colleagues.
Catherine
 
Canadian Press:
Guatemalan Mine Claims Against Hudbay Can Be Tried In Canada, Judge Says Bertrand Marotte, The Globe and Mail, Jul. 23 2013 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/guatemalan-mine-claims-against-hudbay-can-be-tried-in-canada-judge-says/article13360800/#dashboard/follows/<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001qNRiEwTVGOTdxXxqU0IdJgbevFX2oHj8saJfqnjTR_fCQOALpMfI7BebBCVyJRkT1OMOfDn1LWJk8BiCHYamLxzgto8ll1uosrmT4FPqOrHJolVzGcejYuk475oq6GKFZqwggHhPQD5e2gdXcBnZ3khNoWxWrTDQRujvG4WjZqazfMQHjF-XHGQWDabJtzg3sYu7Mal0Or3khsSeQYFKuWMsuxJ6KUBLxsriE7DqdMuLaynyab4uYrSEMFW1DhqMLUWi-Rn7_igqSc3PB3v7O9gO4O6AyvM_WbYnOUizLI59Yvkm90mfAl97qimB7rMdelLcL3d4cMUgJPv9CJvTpw5IsepdFlFOcb2g1DxfIHE=>
Canadian mining company HudBay Minerals Inc. can potentially be held liable for alleged violence at a Guatemalan mine owned by a subsidiary, an Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled, in what plaintiffs say is a precedent-setting case.  Justice Carole Brown's ruling, handed down Monday, means that the claims of 13 Guatemalans can proceed to trial in Canadian courts. The decision opens the door to other cases in which companies could face liability on their home turf for incidents that happen overseas. "The judgment should be a wake-up call for Canadian mining companies," said Cory Wanless, a co-counsel with Murray Klippenstein, who represents 13 Mayan Guatemalans.  "It is the first time that a Canadian court has ruled that a claim can be made against a Canadian parent corporation for negligently failing to prevent human rights abuses at its foreign mining project. We fully expect that more claims like this one will be brought against Canadian mining companies until these kinds of abuses stop."
 
CBC
Guatemalans Can Sue Hudbay In Canada, Judge Rules http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/07/23/business-.html<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001qNRiEwTVGOR_SRtX9-pfyG5-zH-ubjRWdiIBfP1JfPNiDpy9fvcKUQVfkzjkK9Pm7Q_2kcxBq2l-tIl_lz-9ZW2OUQ8SF1uqGaevV-alU-WS8TJRyU-VSnkOX2wfftSNI8BqJhSZ2KQSp0dTyc36U4-I5h7sDP_kdq_hBJMehUl1uSKBV8YBKDwqrDsFU0g7>
An Ontario court has cleared the way for a group of Guatemalans to sue mining company HudBay Minerals Inc. in Canadian courts over alleged shootings and gang rapes at a mining project. The ruling, handed down Monday, means that the claims of 13 …
 
Vancouver Sun
Ontario Court Rules Guatemalan Lawsuits Against Hudbay Can Go To Trial In Cda http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Ontario+court+rules+Guatemalan+lawsuit+against+HudBay+trial/8696082/story.html<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001qNRiEwTVGOQjCLXt485B_4RMsS0McXE_qanOnS-AeGjMWThGL6np26MiHZgPNsZxsjGXhVcTFc-ZdvY0njHEg5__GqbVfeKCW7e4ToIHnu2RYxWt0riyd8SAJv4miLaw9ojXO45MuNNstTrPS9JlFJFVH32o6CC6vTqwz08ZfIsmwlP1CvbBgyQBfKn0K6krdJath92azlDAnWOR50r3l_afqpaW_sl9HYLWPHa26x2VxLY1KSx4a_pxmdBBbI9I3XYRc3n1TXI=>
Two related lawsuits seek to hold HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM) and a subsidiary responsible for the subsequent killing of community leader Adolfo Ich as a result of a land dispute and the shooting and paralysis of local resident German Chub. HudBay …
 
CTV
Guatemalan Lawsuits Against Hudbay Can Be Tried In Canada, Court Rules http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/guatemalan-lawsuits-against-hudbay-can-be-tried-in-canada-court-rules-1.1379636<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001qNRiEwTVGOTw9u1B8uMvCJzIhomXOSx527bla1VWqsqew4gbosG8h2DIEJx7M93DuxlTcGqBTckN9vLSO9t1PuBdO7b_yPzGIQm15ug5le9cD6IJ9H6rk642mt_3LUxveW3z4j-ETUeLgG8j7jzoiFfVp92dJF7nsHR87vv19Z3oKPqkSAEOKw8QI3gMZG3a26BsgLggN7m3LLyT8FZOIjwrZfJOEDmZiGVssOX9Hso=>
TORONTO — An Ontario court has ruled that three lawsuits against HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM) around alleged shootings and gang-rapes at a mining project Guatemala can proceed to trial in Canada. Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the decision means the …
 
Sun News Network
Ontario Top Court Rules Guatemalan Charges Of Rape, Murder Against Canadian Mining Company To Be Heard In Canadian Court http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2013/07/20130723-132114.html<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001qNRiEwTVGOQVonRVUP1vRsCk_rgiPVdCb9rdI9Y9YMpFTF_4R8aIFLuoECiWxLC008MiVA30gkzu4iT5LfOJqUXOTpJof9duVvf4rDqGkSsav2NMIrFv7cecKMwKZzB_nOQx4nUV8VqZ7fNaR8TvdxE40kUVwseRt_rhX7Ca8BKM4CXmjJG-HXVUXfY-Bb5ygzcM0WXOdtzVPrVW1r5EXg==>
The case centres around a project formerly owned by Hudbay Minerals of Flin Flon, MB, and a mine site, El Estor, in a fairly remote and mountainous area of the South American country, on disputed lands the Mayan Q'eqchi locals claim is traditional ancestral …
 
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Emisores Unidas
Justicia de Canadá acepta denuncia contra compañía minera http://noticias.emisorasunidas.com/noticias/nacionales/justicia-canada-acepta-denuncia-contra-compania-minera
 
Siglo XXI
Juzgarán a minera por delitos en el país http://www.s21.com.gt/nacionales/2013/07/29/juzgaran-minera-delitos-pais
 
Prensa Libre
Canadá acepta juzgar a minera:La Corte de Justicia de Ontario, Canadá, aceptó tres demandas civiles que fueron presentadas por pobladores de El Estor, Izabal, contra la empresa HudBay Minerals, propietaria de la Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel (CGN) en el 2007.
http://www.prensalibre.com/noticias/justicia/Canada-acepta-juzgar-minera_0_964703583.html
 
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Subject: [guate_mining] Precedent Setting Ruling In Canada Against Hudbay Minerals, For Indigenous Plaintiffs In Guatemala
 
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Precedent Setting Ruling In Canada Against Hudbay Minerals, For Indigenous Plaintiffs In Guatemala
 
 
  *   BELOW: Press Advisory from Klippensteins Barristers & Solicitors
 
Rights Action Commentary:  We are grateful to and in awe of the Mayan Qeqchi people who – despite on-going poverty, despite already having suffered great repression, despite on-going threats – took the decision to seek justice and remedy in Canadian courts.  We are deeply grateful to Klippensteins for taking on these now precedent setting legal cases, on a ‘pro bono’ basis, and demonstrating both the legal brilliance and heart-felt commitment to stay with this much needed legal struggle in Canadian courts.
 
Thank-you to all who have donated funds in support of the health and humanitarian needs, and the justice and reparations struggles of the mining harmed people and communities in El Estor.  This struggle for justice and remedy is far from over; more support is needed.
 
More Info / How To Support:  See below
 
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Ontario Court Rules That Lawsuits Against Hudbay Minerals Regarding Shootings, Murder And Gang-Rape At Its Former Mine In Guatemala Can Proceed To Trial In Canada Ruling Means That Canadian Corporations May Be Held Legally Responsible In Canada For Human Rights Abuse At Their Foreign Mining Projects
 
July 22, 2013, Toronto, Canada: In a precedent-setting ruling with national and international implications, Superior Court of Ontario Justice Carole Brown has ruled that Canadian company Hudbay Minerals can potentially be held legally responsible in Canada for rapes and murder at a mining project formerly owned by Hudbay’s subsidiary in Guatemala.  As a result of Justice Brown’s ruling, the claims of 13 Mayan Guatemalans will proceed to trial in Canadian courts.
 
“As a result of this ruling, Canadian mining corporations can no longer hide behind their legal corporate structure to abdicate responsibility for human rights abuses that take place at foreign mines under their control at various locations throughout the world,” said Murray Klippenstein, lawyer for the 13 indigenous Mayans.  “There will now be a trial regarding the abuses that were committed in Guatemala, and this trial will be in a courtroom in Canada, a few blocks from Hudbay’s headquarters, exactly where it belongs.  We would never tolerate these abuses in Canada, and Canadian companies should not be able to take advantage of broken-down or extremely weak legal systems in other countries to get away with them there.”
 
Hudbay argued in court that corporate head offices could never be held responsible for harms at their subsidiaries, no matter how involved they were in on-the-ground operations.  Justice Brown disagreed and concluded that “the actions as against Hudbay and HMI should not be dismissed.”
 
“Today is a great day for me and all others who brought this lawsuit,” said Angelica Choc, a plaintiff and widow of Adolfo Ich.  “It means everything to us that we can now stand up to Hudbay in Canadian courts to seek justice for what happened to us.”
 
“This judgment should be a wake-up call for Canadian mining companies,” said Cory Wanless, co-counsel for the Mayans along with Mr. Klippenstein.  “It is the first time that a Canadian court has ruled that a claim can be made against a Canadian parent corporation for negligently failing to prevent human rights abuses at its foreign mining project.  We fully expect that more claims like this one will be brought against Canadian mining companies until these kinds of abuses stop.”
 
This is the second significant legal victory for the Mayan plaintiffs this year.  In February, Hudbay abruptly dropped its argument that the lawsuit against it should be heard in Guatemala, not Canada, after fighting tooth and nail over this issue for over a year, forcing survivors of rape to travel to Toronto to endure extensive cross-examination and the legal team to spend countless hours compiling stacks of evidence, expert reports, and witness testimony.
 
For more information about the claims, see: www.chocversushudbay.com<http://www.chocversushudbay.com>
 
Further Information:
Klippensteins Barristers & Solicitors
Murray Klippenstein, (416) 598-0288 or (416) 937-8634 Cory Wanless, (416) 598-0288 or (647) 886-1914
 
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