A high-level Canadian civil society investigation into alleged grievous human rights abuses at a nickel mine in Guatemala in 2007 has confirmed that local people were viciously attacked by police and mine security, forcibly evicted from their homes, and that several women were raped. Although the accusations were submitted to the Canadian ambassador in Guatemala back in May, no response had been received. Now Canada’s foreign minister has been urged to carry out its own investigation into the charges.
The company responsible for operating the mine is HudBay (formerly Skye Resources) which is part-owned by Vedanta Resources plc in London.
See http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=10247.