Announcement of Lawsuit Against Major Canadian Mining Company Relating to Murder of Mayan Leader in Latin America


Press release

Date of publication: 
29 November 2010

Toronto, On Wednesday December 1, 2010 at 10:30am, lawyers for the widow of a community leader who was shot and hacked to death in an unprovoked attack by private security forces employed at a Canadian mining project in Latin America will announce a lawsuit brought in Ontario courts against a major Canadian mining company.

The murdered man was an outspoken critic of harms caused by Canadian mining activities in his community. To date, no one has been held accountable for his death.

This press announcement comes one month after Parliament voted against Bill C-300, a bill intended to ensure that Canadian mining companies operating abroad act in accordance with Canada’s commitments to international human rights standards.

Other participants will include:

The Honourable Peter Julian: Member of Parliament and author of Bill C-354: legislation which seeks to protect foreign citizens against serious human rights abuses committed by Canadian corporations operating outside of Canada.

Professor Craig Scott: Director of the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, and Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Grahame Russell: Co-director of Rights Action, a non-profit organization that works in close proximity with community groups in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico.

WHEN:Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 10:30am

WHERE: Suite 400, 4th Floor “Innovation Lab”, 215 Spadina Av, Toronto

CONTACT: For details as to time and location only:

Murray Klippenstein, Legal Counsel, 416-937-8634 (mobile)
murray.klippenstein [at] klippensteins [dot] ca

Silas Polkinghorne, 416-799-5365 (mobile)
silas.polkinghorne [at] klippensteins [dot] ca

For more information see, after 10:30 a.m., Dec. 1.