Buscando Justicia por Violaciones, Asesinato & Represion en la Industria Minera: Los Juicios Hudbay Minerals/CGN

Seeking Justice for Rape, Murder & Repression in the Mining Industry: The Hudbay Minerals/CGN lawsuits

(Ensayo fotográfico #6, por Grahame Russell, 21 noviembre, 2017)

Buscando Justicia por Violaciones, Asesinato & Represion en la Industria Minera: Los Juicios Hudbay Minerals/CGN
(Foto-essai #6, por Grahame Russell, 21 noviembre, 2017)

Despues de un dia y medio de preguntas duras de parte de los abogados de Hudbay, Olivia Asig Xol es apoyada por sus hermanas Q’eqchis’ – tambien victimas de las violaciones y demandantes en el mismo juicio – y por sus abogados Murray Klippenstein y Cory Wanless.

Cuatro de las demandantes participando por eskype en una presentacion universitaria, mientras una de las demandantes esta siendo interogada por los abogados de Hudbay.

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Resumen:  Del 8-24 de noviembre, 11 mujeres Maya Q’eqchi’s seran cuestionadas por el equipo de abogados de Hudbay Minerals/CGN.  El proposito de estas demandas es responsabilizar a Hudbay/CGN por represion minera alrededor de su ex-mina en Guatemala, incluyendo la violacion de 11 mujeres de la comunidad de Lote 8, el asesinato de Adolfo Ich, y el ataque que dejo paralizado a German Chub.
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Angelica Choc, una de las 13 demandantes en los juicios contra Hudbay Minerals.  La seguridad privada de Hudbay asesino a su esposo, Adolfo Ich, el 27 de septiembre 2009.  Aqui, con un regalo de camiseta honorando a la Berta Caceres, mujer Lenca de Honduras, asesinada el 3 marzo 2016 por el regimen corupto y represivo de Honduras.

Llegada, tercer grupo, de las 13 demandantes Q’eqchi’s de Guatemala, en Toronto, participando en los juicios contra Hudbay Minerals por las violaciones, un asesinato  y un ataque a balas.


Conociendo y gozando -!?- del frio.

La muy destacada jurista Q’eqchi’, Lic. Margarita Caal Caal, ayudando a su cliente, Murray Klippenstein, con un problema legal.

Y siempre, el amor y apoyo entre las companeras-victimas-protagonistas-demandantes.

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Public Presentation, November 23, Toronto

  • WHERE:  Friends’ House, 60 Lowther, Toronto, M5R-1C7
  • WHEN:  November 23, 2017, 6:00-7:30 pm
  • WHO:  Four of the plaintiffs; lawyers from Klippensteins; Rights Action;
  • COST:  By donation

Informacion

Klippensteins lawyers
Murray Klippenstein, (416) 937-8634 (c), murray.klippenstein@klippensteins.ca
Cory Wanless, (647) 886-1914 (c), cory.wanless@klippensteins.ca

Rights Action
Grahame Russell, Rights Action, 416-807-4436, info@rightsaction.org

Funding appeal
Thank-you to countless people who have donated so far ~ these precedent-setting struggles for justice and real accountability are, in part, your funds at work.  Funds raised are paying for many of the costs of the 13 plaintiffs and two accompaniers from their home communities in rural, eastern Guatemala, to Toronto and back again.  Hudbay will incur some of the expenses.  If more funds than needed are raised, they will be used for future costs of these Maya Q’eqchi’ people and their on-going work and struggle for territorial and environmental defense, and for human rights and for justice in Canada and Guatemala.

Tax-deductible donations (Canada & U.S.)
Make check payable to “Rights Action” and mail to:
U.S.:  Box 50887, Washington DC, 20091-0887
Canada:  (Box 552) 351 Queen St. E, Toronto ON, M5A-1T8
Credit-Card Donations: www.rightsaction.org/donate/

A photo-essay by Grahame Russell, from YLNM member group Rights Action. November 22, 2017.

From Nov.8-24, in Toronto, Canada, eleven Mayan Q’eqchi’ women from Guatemala are being questioned –one a day- by Hudbay Minerals’ team of lawyers from the well-connected Fasken Martineau law firm.

These examinations for discovery (depositions) are part of landmark lawsuits to hold Hudbay/CGN accountable for mining related repression at its former mine site in Guatemala, including gang rapes of these 11 women, the targeted killing of Adolfo Ich, and the shooting-paralyzing of German Chub. Plaintiffs German Chub and Angelica Choc –widow of Adolfo Ich – will be interrogated in 2018.

After a day and half of questioning by Hudbay’s lawyers, Olivia Asig Xol is surrounded by her Q’eqchi’ sisters – also victims of the 2007 gang-rapes and wholescale burning and destruction of their village of Lote 8, also plaintiffs in the lawsuits – and by her lawyers Murray Klippenstein and Cory Wanless.

Four plaintiffs skype-participating in a public presentation with a university class, while one of their sister plaintiffs is down the hall being questioned by Hudbay’s lawyers.

Angelica Choc, one of 13 plaintiffs in the lawsuits.  Hudbay’s private security singled out and killed her husband, Adolfo Ich, September 27, 2009.  Here, with a shirt gifted to her, honouring Berta Caceres, the Lenca woman from Honduras, assassinated March 3, 2016, by the corrupt, repressive Honduran regime.

Arrival, 3rd group of 13 plaintiffs, in Toronto to be questioned by Hudbay’s lawyers.

Getting to know and enjoy -!?– the cold.

The well known Q’eqchi’ jurist, Lic. Margarita Caal Caal, helping a client, Murray Klippenstein, understand a legal problem he is trying to work out.

And always, mutual love and support amongst the companeras-victims-protagonists-plaintiffs.

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Public Presentation, November 23, Toronto

  • WHERE:  Friends’ House, 60 Lowther, Toronto, M5R-1C7
  • WHEN:  November 23, 2017, 6:00-7:30 pm
  • WHO:  Four of the plaintiffs; lawyers from Klippensteins; Rights Action;
  • COST:  By donation

Information

Klippensteins lawyers
Murray Klippenstein, (416) 937-8634 (c), murray.klippenstein@klippensteins.ca
Cory Wanless, (647) 886-1914 (c), cory.wanless@klippensteins.ca

Rights Action
Grahame Russell, Rights Action, 416-807-4436, info@rightsaction.org

Funding appeal
Thank-you to countless people who have donated so far ~ these precedent-setting struggles for justice and real accountability are, in part, your funds at work.  Funds raised are paying for many of the costs of the 13 plaintiffs and two accompaniers from their home communities in rural, eastern Guatemala, to Toronto and back again.  Hudbay will incur some of the expenses.  If more funds than needed are raised, they will be used for future costs of these Maya Q’eqchi’ people and their on-going work and struggle for territorial and environmental defense, and for human rights and for justice in Canada and Guatemala.

Tax-deductible donations (Canada & U.S.)
Make check payable to “Rights Action” and mail to:
U.S.:  Box 50887, Washington DC, 20091-0887
Canada:  (Box 552) 351 Queen St. E, Toronto ON, M5A-1T8
Credit-Card Donations: www.rightsaction.org/donate/

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