AVAAZ: When security forces of a Canadian mining company brutally evicted Mayan families from their villages in Guatemala, eleven women were raped, a community leader was killed, and a young man paralyzed. Now villagers are standing up and suing HudBay Minerals for these horrific crimes -- but they need our help to match the corporate legal firepower and win their case!
The victims have filed a lawsuit in Canada, where HudBay’s headquarters
are located. But HudBay is asking that the court turn over the lawsuit to
Guatemala, where its weak courts are likely to let them go free. Experts say
that the ruling could have massive reverberations beyond Canadian borders --
a win for the plaintiffs could force HudBay and other multinationals to clean up
their acts abroad.
The court hearing is happening now and the
plaintiffs need our help to cover the legal costs -- if we raise enough funds
to give these villagers the same legal firepower as HudBay’s corporate
machine, we can achieve justice for the victims and continue campaigning to
protect human rights over profits around the world. Click on the link below to
chip in. If just 20,000 of us donate, we could help end these
mining murders for good by setting a key legal precedent:
Multinational companies are responsible for some of the most terrible
crimes all over the world but shockingly, corporate abuses often go
unpunished. In mining alone, corporate giants like Rio Tinto and Barrick
Gold are accused of a wide range of atrocities that include environmental
destruction, brutal gang rapes, and even thousands of deaths -- from Tanzania to
Papua New Guinea. Winning this case could begin to put corporate wrongdoing
Companies like HudBay can often act with impunity because
they think their home countries won’t police the crimes they commit
overseas. Or they set up shell corporations designed to protect their
headquarters from liability. If we win this case, it could set a precedent
that can help stop rapes, save entire villages, and protect fragile ecosystems
-- no matter where these companies operate.
These firms have
millions of dollars and will do whatever it takes to win this and similar cases
because they know it’s a game changer. Giving just a small amount will help
in the fight to bring them to justice. Click here to help:
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