A groundbreaking business and human rights case will be heard by Canada’s highest court tomorrow, and it may have far-reaching implications for the ability of survivors of overseas corporate abuse to access justice in Canada. The case involves claims of forced labour, slavery, and torture at a Canadian mine site in Eritrea.
Posted in Access to courts
Media Advisory: One year ago the Government of Canada announced the creation of a corporate ombudsperson. It’s time to fulfill its promise.
January 17, 2019 marks one year since the Government of Canada announced it would create an ombudsperson’s office to independently investigate allegations of abuse by Canadian companies operating overseas. But a year later, the position remains vacant. Canada must take action, appoint a strong ombudsperson, and grant the office robust investigatory powers that include the power to compel documents and testimony. Canada made a clear commitment last January to be a global leader in business and human rights. Canada must keep its promise.
Posted in Press Releases
“Not only are we concerned about the ombudsperson not being named yet, but we still don’t have certainty that the ombudsperson that we’ve worked so hard for will have the powers it needs.” – Elana Wright, Development and Peace
Next week marks 1 year since the federal government announced the creation of a human rights ombudsperson with powers to independently investigate allegations of abuses by Canadian companies abroad. Read the latest from the Catholic Reporter on the lack of meaningful progress in appointing an ombudsperson.
Posted in In the news
On the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights, Canada needs to make good on its promise: Appoint an effective mining and human rights ombudsperson
As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70, Canadians and impacted communities around the world call on Canada to meaningfully implement its commitments. Ten months ago Canada committed to create a Canadian ombudsperson for responsible enterprise to independently investigate alleged human rights abuses associated with Canadian companies around the globe.
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