RIGHTS ACTION AND MIR CENTRE FOR PEACE HUMAN RIGHTS DELEGATION TO GUATEMALA, JUNE 2018
The Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College has teamed up with Rights Action, a Canadian & American non-governmental organization (NGO) whose work, in part, is to raise awareness about and support for people in countries of the global south whose communities and environmental well-being are often desecrated by so-called “First World” economic development projects. Read Cara-Lee Malange's photo journal account of her 12 days in Honduras during the 2016 Honduras Educational Tour.
REAL LIFE SUPER HEROES AND THE QUEST FOR MINING JUSTICE IN GUATEMALA
In November 2017, Thirteen Mayan Q'eqchi’ plaintiffs were deposed in Toronto, Canada, by a team of lawyers working for the Canadian mining company, Hudbay Minerals. In this precedent-setting lawsuit, twelve women and one man are suing Hudbay (and CGN, its former subsidiary company) for repression they have suffered. Such repression allegedly caused directly and indirectly by the mining company, included the targeted killing of community leader, Adolfo Ich, the shooting-paralyzing of German Chub, and the gang-rapes of 11 women villagers.
Though the lawsuits – first filed in 2010 – might take years more to complete, if Canadian courts finds Hudbay liable, it will be the first time a Canadian company will be held accountable under Canadian law for human rights violations and abuses committed in other countries. These lawsuits are already changing the law in Canada and are helping to slowly and but surely put an end to the impunity and corruption with which many Canadian companies operate in countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia.
The courage of these plaintiffs is unimaginable. They live in remote villages in eastern Guatemala and they live in conditions of endemic poverty. Eleven of them speak only their native Q’eqchi’ language and one of them is now permanently confined to a wheel chair. Yet in spite of these inconceivable barriers, they are real life super heroes and they demonstrate the courage, capacity and resolve of so many grass roots activists fighting similar struggles in Guatemala and elsewhere in Latin America.
During this 7-day tour, delegates will have the opportunity to speak to, learn from, be inspired by and stand in solidarity with these heroes and other grass roots activists from across the country who are fighting similar mining injustice. You will return home empowered, enraged, inspired and will have a much deeper understanding of how a better world is possible.
Saturday, June 9- Sunday, June 17, 2018
$1150 CDN ($900 USD)
Eight nights of lodging
Seven days of in-country travel
Three meals/day (most days)
Professional guide, translation, and honorariums for local groups that are part of the tour.
Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Guatemala.
Grahame Russell's Bio
Grahame Russell is a non-practicing Canadian lawyer, author, adjunct professor at the University of Northern British Columbia and, since 1995, Director of Rights Action www.rightsaction.org. Since the 1980s, Grahame has worked on Central American environmental, development, human rights and justice issues. Rights Action funds and supports community-controlled development, environmental justice and human rights projects in Guatemala and Honduras, as well as in southern Mexico and El Salvador; and carries out education and activism work in the USA and Canada related to global human rights, enviro- and development issues.
Learn more & Register
For delegation information, please contact Cara-Lee Malange, Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College by email or by phone at 250.365.1261 and Grahame Russell email@example.com, 416.807.4436. For information about Rights Action and past delegations to Guatemala and Honduras, please go to www.rightsaction.org.