Join us on Thursday as we hear firsthand from four Q'eqchi' women from Guatemala at the frontlines of the struggle against Canadian company Hudbay Minerals. These women are four of the 13 plaintiffs who are suing Hudbay in these landmark lawsuits - the first to hold a Canadian company to account in Canadian courts for violence committed overseas. These women from the community of Lote 8 have traveled to Toronto to be cross-examined by Hudbay as part of the lawsuit they launched against the mining company in 2010 to hold them accountable for gang rapes, violent evictions, and the destruction of nearly 100 homes. This event will be the one chance these women will have during their trip here in Toronto to share their story outside of the parameters of Hudbay's lawyers' questions. Please come to share your support and solidarity!
There will also be an opportunity to purchase a print of the painting in the event picture above by Pati Flores, entitled "13 Brave Giants vs Hudbay Minerals". All proceeds will go to support the ongoing costs of this fight for justice.
During the month of November 2017, the landmark Hudbay Minerals/CGN lawsuits –initiated in 2010- have been continuing in Toronto, Canada. Thirteen Mayan Q’eqchi plaintiffs from Guatemala are suing Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals for its responsibility for the M**der of Adolfo Ich and shooting-paralyzing of German Chub in 2009, and the gang rapes of eleven women from the community of Lote 8 in 2007.
From Nov. 8-24, the women from Lote 8 have been questioned on the record, for up to 8 hours a day, by Hudbay’s lawyers, as part of examinations for discovery. The women have travelled to Toronto on a weekly basis: 3 the first week, 4 each in the 2nd and 3rd weeks. (The two remaining plaintiffs -German Chub and Angelica Choc- will be similarly questioned in early 2018)
Join us on Thursday evening for a report back from four women from Lote 8 (just completing their week of examinations for discovery by Hudbay’s lawyers); from lawyers with the Klippensteins law firm representing the 13 plaintiffs; and from Rights Action, an organization who has worked with and supportied the Q’eqchi’ people of El Estor since 2004.
Hudbay’s lawyers are questioning the women about any and everything related to the lawsuits, including the gang rapes they suffered and the wholescale burning and destruction of their home community in 2007 by mining company security guards, soldiers and police. These are the first lawsuits in Canadian legal history to hold a Canadian company to account in Canadian courts for mining related repression, harms and human rights violations in other countries.
More info on these cases at www.chocversushudbay.com
Friends House is a wheelchair accessible space. The wheelchair accessible entrance is via the parking lot on the side and is indicated by signs (call 647-769-2472 if any support is needed in entering the building).
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) if you need child care, or if there are other ways we can help to make this event accessible to you.