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HudBay minerals, a Canadian mining company can be held responsible for the actions of their subsidiary HMI Nickel in Guatemala. Justice Carole Brown’s ruling, handed down on Monday July 22nd, means that the claims of 13 Guatemalans can proceed to trial in Canadian courts. The decision opens the door to other cases in which companies could face liability on their home turf for incidents that happen overseas.
Scott Price talk with Grahame Russell of rights action, a charitable organization that funds community-controlled development, environmental, human rights and emergency-relief projects in Guatemala, Honduras, Chiapas and Oaxaca (Mexico) and El Salvador, and does education and activism work with North Americans to address global exploitation, repression, environmental destruction and racism. Grahame will gives the background on the actions of Hudbay in Guatemala that lead to the case.