Open Letter to Hudbay Minerals and Guatemalan Nickel Company
Rights Action was honored to bring Angelica Choc - one of the plaintiffs - to Toronto, to attend 2 days of court hearings concerning 3 civil suits filed against Hudbay Minerals concerning the killing of Adolfo Ich, the shooting-paralyzing of German Chub and the gang rapes of 11 women in the community of Lote 8 (all in the municipality of El Estor, department of Izabal, Guatemala).
On March 15th, Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, an Indigenous Zapotec community leader and member of the Coordinating Committee of the United Peoples of the Valley of Ocotlán (CPUVO) in San José del Progreso, Oaxaca, was murdered in an ambush by a group of some three gunmen.
February 14 will mark four years since indigenous q'eqchi' leader Ramiro Choc was kidnapped and illegally detained by the Guatemalan government. He was not arrested, but pulled off a bus by soldiers who said they would kill him. When news of his illegal detention became public, he was kept alive and held for several days in a secret location.
On Thursday, December 8, 2011, we will gather at the Guatemalan Embassy to call for the release of political prisoner and Q'eqchi' peasant leader Ramiro Choc and an end to the repression of indigenous and peasant communities and leaders.
On a given day, a Canadian might read the business section of her favourite newspaper or on-line news service, to check the price of gold or nickel and see how her investments are doing.