From May 23-June 5, Grahame Russell of Rights Action is leading this travelling educational seminar portion of a 6 week course taught by professor Candace Johnson, at U. Guelph (Ontario, Canada).
Thank-you to all who helped Rights Action pay for and then host three courageous Mayan Q’eqchi’ people – German Chub, Rosa Ich, Angelica Choc – who travelled from eastern Guatemala to Toronto, to meet with their lawyers (Klippensteins Barristers and Solicitors), to speak to the media and public, and to speak directly to shareholders gathered on the 16th floor of 150 Kings St W, in downtown Toronto, at Hudbay Minerals annual shareholder meeting.
Media Release, May 19, 2015 – Toronto
Breaking news in Guatemala. A new Vice-President is appointed in Guatemala to replace the ousted VP Roxana Baldetti accused of being a mastermind of the “La Linea” organized crime syndicate.
MISN and Rights Action invite you to an international forum and a protest, with representation from communities near all of Hudbay's mines.
Since the U.S. and Canadian backed military in 2009, close to 150 campesinos have been murdered and disappeared in the “Aguan” region by African palm producers.
The Guatemalan national police director has been instructed by a judge to bring Tahoe Resources founder and executive chairman Kevin McArthur to court on May 13 to testify about the criminalization of community leaders opposing the company’s Escobal silver mine.
Inside you will find links to articles and reports, TV reports and doc-films addressing the work and struggles that Rights Action is funding and/or involved in.
Rights Action seeks funding for the Mayan Qeqchi [Kek-Chi] communities we have long supported and worked with in El Estor, Guatemala, on the north side of Lake Izabal.
"No More Evictions" addresses the historic and on-going struggle of indigenous Mayan Q'eqchi' communities against the threats of:
- global agribusiness (sugar cane and African palm production)
- global nickel mining industry (owned, until late 2011, by the Canadian companies INCO, Skye Resources and Hudbay Minerals)
Over 185 days have passed in which the Lenca indigenous communities of the Rio Blanco region of Intibuca, Honduras have blocked an access road built into the intended construction site for the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque River. Desarrollos Energeticos, SA (DESA), plans to build the dam, and is pushing the project through with violence and intimidation, while attempting to criminalize land rights defenders with baseless charges.