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Subject Arbitrary detention of Pablo Choc
Date November 15, 2021 1:44 PM
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husband of Amalia Coc Tiul, one of 13 plaintiffs in Hudbay Minerals lawsuits in Canada

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November 15, 2021

Arbitrary detention of Pablo Choc
husband of plaintiff in Hudbay Minerals lawsuits in Canada
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On-going Solway Investment Group / Guatemalan Nickel Company (CGN) mining repression in Guatemala
targeting Maya Q’eqchi’ land and environmental defenders,
including 3 of 13 plaintiffs in Hudbay Minerals lawsuits

On November 13, 2021, Pablo Choc was arrested by police in El Estor. As of Monday morning, Nov. 15, his whereabouts are unknown. Pablo Choc is married to Amalia Coc Tiul, one of 11 women raped in January 2007, by Guatemalan soldiers and police, and security guards working for CGN mining company (then owned by Hudbay Minerals, now by Solway Investment Group).

Amalia –in the video below- is one of 13 Q’eqchi’ people suing Hudbay Minerals and CGN in Canada for mining-related repression they suffered in 2007 and 2009.

Video: Angelica Choc and Lote 8 women denounce
mining repression linked to Solway Investment Group
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This most recent detention occurs during a military state of siege imposed by the corrupt government of Guatemala on behalf of Swiss company Solway Investment Group (and subsidiary CGN) that is illegally operating the ‘Fenix’ nickel mine in Q’eqchi’ lands and communities in eastern Guatemala.

Recent repression
* Mining repression explodes against Q’eqchi’ people. The “Fenix" mining operation in Guatemala is ILLEGAL (Oct. 20, 2021), [link removed]
* Mining repression against Angelica Choc, German Chub and 100s of Maya Q’eqchi’ land / human rights defenders (Oct. 27, 2021), [link removed]
* Angelica Choc and Lote 8 women speak out (Oct. 28, 2021), [link removed]
* Canadian lawyers for Angelica Choc & German Chub speak out about repressive raids against their clients in Guatemala (Oct. 28, 2021), [link removed]
* Arbitrary detention of son of Angelica Choc and the deceased Adolfo Ich Chaman, [link removed]

Keep your sending letters to
* Solway Investment Group: Baarerstrasse 8, 6300 Zug Switzerland, +41417400400, [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) , [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) , ([link removed])
* Embassy of Switzerland, Guatemala: +502 2367 5520, [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) , [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
* Embassy of Switzerland, Canada: +1 613 235 1837, [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
* Embassy of Switzerland, US: +1 202 745 7900, [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) , [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) , [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) , [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
* European Union Human Rights in Guatemala: [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])

The Solway Investment Group/ Hudbay Minerals/ INCO related resistance struggle is one of four community defense struggles documented and analyzed in TESTIMONIO, edited and co-written by UNBC’s Professor Catherine Nolin & Rights Action’s Grahame Russell.
* Watch Book Launch, Oct.25, 2021: [link removed]
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* Bulk purchases: Karina Palmitesta, [email protected] (mailto:[email protected])
* More information: ([link removed])

More information at Rights Action archives: [link removed]

Emergency Response Fund
Rights Action is sending emergency human rights funds to people we have long worked with in the Solway Investment Group impacted region, including the plaintiffs in the Hudbay Minerals lawsuits, the Gremial de Pescadores y Campesinos, and the Ancestral Council of Q’eqchi’ people.

Funds are used to:
* Help people who have fled the military state of siege in El Estor
* Replace iphones and communication devices that were lost or illegally confiscated
* Support families whose bank accounts are frozen or family members were forced to flee military crackdown
* Help mobilize human rights activists to try and reach El Estor to bear witness
* Prepare for legal defense costs related to abusive-trumped up criminal charges

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