El Sistema Judicial Canadiense Y La Empresa Minera Hudbay En Guatemala (The Canadian Justice System and Hudbay Minerals in Guatemala)

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Shin Imai

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Bernadette Maheandiran

Swadron Associates

Valerie Crystal

Independent

Date Written: February 5, 2013

Abstract

The English version of this article is available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2143679

El presente es un estudio sobre la explotación minera en la región de El Estor, en Guatemala. Empresas mineras canadienses han operado en esta región desde los años 1960, cuando comunidades locales fueron desplazadas para crear una mina de níquel a cielo abierto. Desde entonces la mina se ha visto asociada con asesinatos, desplazamientos forzosos y presuntas violaciones. En estos momentos hay tres procesos judiciales abiertos contra la empresa HudBay Minerals, relacionados con su propiedad sobre la mina entre 2008 y 2011. HudBay y los demandantes exponen versiones radicalmente diferentes acerca de los asesinatos y las presuntas violaciones ocurridos en ese período. Dada la violencia practicada en Guatemala contra los líderes comunitarios que manifiestan preocupaciones sobre la minería, argumentamos en este trabajo que las cortes canadienses deberían actuar para establecer si debe exigirse a la HudBay la responsabilidad que corresponda.

This is a Spanish translation of “Accountability Across Borders: Mining in Guatemala and the Canadian Justice System”, a case study of mining in the El Estor region of Guatemala. Canadian mines have operated in the region since the 1960s when local communities were removed to create an open pit nickel mine. Since then, the mine has been associated with assassinations, forced removals and alleged rapes. There are now three law suits pending against HudBay Minerals relating to their ownership of the mine between 2008 and 2011. HudBay and the claimants have strikingly different versions of the events surrounding the murders and alleged rapes. Given the nature of violence in Guatemala against community leaders who express concerns with mining, we argue that courts in Canada should take responsibility for determining whether or not HudBay bears some responsibility.

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Keywords: Minería, Derechos indígenas, OIT 169, Consulta previa, Guatemal, Derechos humanos, Responsabilidad corporativa, Responsabilidad social corporativa, Forum non conveniens, Deber de cuidar, HudBay

Suggested Citation

Imai, Shin and Maheandiran, Bernadette and Crystal, Valerie, El Sistema Judicial Canadiense Y La Empresa Minera Hudbay En Guatemala (The Canadian Justice System and Hudbay Minerals in Guatemala) (February 5, 2013). Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 11/2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2212433 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2212433

Shin Imai (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

Bernadette Maheandiran

Swadron Associates ( email )

115 Berkeley Street
Toronto
Canada

Valerie Crystal

Independent

No Address Available
United States

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