The Financial Post reports in its Wednesday edition that two indigenous Guatemalan women were in front of a Toronto courthouse on Tuesday, surrounded by a scrum that included lawyers, media and a gaggle of other people.
The Post's Victor Ferriera writes that the two women, Irma Yolanda Choc Cac and Angelica Choc, had travelled from a remote part of eastern Guatemala, to continue pressing legal claims that Hudbay Minerals bears liability for rape, violence and other human rights abuses that took place more than a decade ago when their village was razed to make way for the Fenix nickel mine.
Their lawsuit was originally filed in 2011. Several of the plaintiffs in the case, including one present Monday, have filed documents in which they describe the trauma -- being tied, beaten and gang-raped in front of their children -- in excruciating detail while under examination by Hudbay's lawyers at Fasken, Tracy Pratt and Robert Harrison.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs say they have gained new details from documents and e-mails that Hudbay produced during the litigation to substantiate the alleged human rights abuses. Lawyers for Hudbay told the hearing they would consider agreeing to allow the plaintiffs' amended complaint.
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