Thirteen Mayan Q’eqchi plaintiffs from Guatemala are suing Canadian mining giant, Hudbay Minerals for its alleged role in the brutal murder of a community leader, the maiming and paralyzing of a young man watching a soccer game, and the rape of eleven women.
While such injustice has become all too common among Canadian mining companies operating in countries where the rich and powerful often evade the rule of law, these incredibly brave and courageous people have said “enough.”
A Real Life David and Goliath Story
While this case will likely go on for years, if they are successful this would be the first time a Canadian company will be held accountable in Canada for their actions abroad. Moreover, it could change the law in Canada to help enforce human rights protection for internationals affected by illegal Canadian business practices.
Come join us for a viewing of Defensora, a 45-minute, award-winning film that depicts the events surrounding and leading up to this lawsuit. Depending how court depositions go that day, the intention will be to Skype-in Grahame Russell of Rights Action, a key advisor in this case who is accompanying the women in Toronto, for a Q & A period. We may also have the opportunity to Skype-in some of these real-life superheroes who have deployed unimaginable courage and strength in their demand for justice.