The Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) is honoured to receive the 2017 International Solidarity Award from CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev).
CCIJ was chosen for its role in supporting survivors who seek justice for serious human rights violations and particularly for its role in the Tahoe Resources case in British Columbia. Several Guatemalan men were injured during the suppression of a peaceful protest at Tahoe’s Guatemalan mine in 2013. They brought the case to the Canadian courts. Tahoe tried to have the matter dismissed but the BC Court of Appeal recently rejected Tahoe’s efforts, making it the first time a Canadian appellate court has authorized a lawsuit to proceed against a Canadian company for alleged human rights violations occurring in another country.
“We are very proud to be a part of this important work and thrilled to be acknowledged with this award,” said Pearl Eliadis, CCIJ Co-Chair. “The victory at the Court of Appeal is a crucial first step in getting justice for the plaintiffs.”
The plaintiffs are supported in Canada by a legal team comprising CCIJ and the law firm of Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman. In Guatemala, the men are represented by the Guatemalan Centre for Legal, Environmental and Social Action (CALAS).
CCIJ is an organization that envisions a world where human rights violators are held accountable and survivors of atrocities find healing through justice. CCIJ supports and assists people seeking justice for serious human rights violations and engages with Canadians through education and awareness programming.
CoDev is a British Columbia-based NGO that works for social change and global education in the Americas. Founded in 1985 by a group of activists who wanted to go beyond simply sending financial aid to Latin American countries, CoDev believes that partnerships between like-minded organizations in Canada and Latin America can be vehicles for learning, social change, and community empowerment.
The award was presented at a reception in Vancouver on 17 June 2017. Anne Wittman, a member of CCIJ’s Board of Directors, accepted on behalf of CCIJ.