Yesterday, eleven indigenous Mayan Q’eqchi’ women filed a lawsuit against Canadian mining companies HMI Nickel, and its corporate owner, HudBay Minerals, regarding mining-related gang-rapes that took place near a Canadian owned mining site in El Estor, Guatemala.
On January 17, 2007, the eleven plaintiffs were gang-raped by mining company security personnel, police and military during the forceful expulsion of Mayan Q’eqchi’ families from their farms and homes in the community of “Lote Ocho”. These armed evictions were sought by HMI Nickel in relation to its Fenix mining project, located in eastern Guatemala. The plaintiffs have said that, at the time of the attacks, some of their assailants wore uniforms bearing the initials and logo of HMI Nickel’s Guatemalan subsidiary, Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel.
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