On November 28, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke in Toronto in support of five people from Guatemala challenging the Toronto-based mining company Hudbay Minerals. Coverage of this event on CBC National News can now be seen here.

To read Barlow’s blog - Council of Canadians committed to support challenge against Hudbay mining company - please go to http://canadians.org/blog/?p=18192.

For more background on this issue, you can read ‘UPDATE: Barlow to speak in support of challenge against Hudbay Minerals in Toronto, Nov. 28′ at http://canadians.org/blog/?p=18123. That blog notes that Angelica Choc is seeking justice for her husband Adolfo Ich, a Q’eqchi’ activist involved in land struggles, who was shot and killed by private security guards employed by Hudbay Minerals in September 2009. The same day Ich was murdered, German Chub was shot (while watching a soccer match) by mine security and as a result lost the use of the lower part of his body. In 2007, Rosa Elbira and Margarita Caal Caal were gang-raped by mine security, police and military personnel during a forcible eviction from their lands claimed by Hudbay Minerals. They were in Toronto in late-November for cross-examination by Hudbay’s legal team. The evidence collected will be used at a March 2013 hearing that will determine whether their lawsuit will be heard in Canada or in Guatemala.

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