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CTC joins national campaign for human rights ombudsperson for Canada’s extractive sector

November 02, 2016

November 2, 2016 - Today, the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability [1] released detailed model legislation, The Global Leadership in Business and Human Rights Act: An act to create an independent human rights ombudsperson for the international extractive sector, providing the Canadian government with a blueprint for how to create an effective human rights ombudsperson for the overseas operations of Canadian extractive companies. [2] 

Human rights abuses at Canadian mining and oil and gas sites around the world are widespread and well documented.  In 2014, the Canada Tibet Committee submitted a request for review to the National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises regarding alleged human rights violations resulting from the operations of China Gold International Resources in Tibet’s Gyama Valley. [3]

Despite multiple efforts by the Government of Canada’s NCP, the company consistently declined to respond to the request for review, the information contained therein, or offers to engage dialogue with the Canada Tibet Committee via the offices of the NCP. [4]

Victims of abuse in Tibetan communities have nowhere to turn to seek justice, including here in Canada. The new model law being launched today will help the Canadian government fulfill its promise to remedy human rights abuses and prevent future harm, as well as help create a more predictable and stable operating environment where the responsible business practices of Canadian companies are recognized and rewarded. 

To date over 100,000 Canadians and 50 Canadian organizations – including the Canada Tibet Committee - have added their voice to the call for an ombudsperson. Most Canadian political parties, including the Liberal Party of Canada, New Democratic Party of Canada, Green Party and Bloc Quebecois, have committed to create an independent human rights ombudsperson for the extractive sector.

All people who have suffered negative human rights impact due to the activities of Canadian companies should have access to recourse mechanisms and effective remedy here in Canada.  The Government of Canada must create human rights ombudsperson for the overseas operations of Canadian extractive companies. Talk is not enough.

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[1] The CNCA is a partner organization of the CTC: http://tibet.ca/en/about_us/our_partners

[2] To read a summary of the model legislation or to learn more about the Ombudsman campaign: https://goo.gl/axp5xr

[3] The CTC request for review is found at: http://tibet.ca/_static/NCP.CGIR.jan2014.pdf

[4] Final Statement on the Request for Review regarding the Operations of China Gold International Resources Corp. Ltd., at the Copper Polymetallic Mine at the Gyama Valley, Tibet Autonomous Region

http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/ncp-pcn/statement-gyama-valley.aspx?lang=eng

 

 

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