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Human rights groups concerned about powers for long-delayed mining, textile ombudsman

28 January, 2019

The government is getting ready to finally appoint its ombudsperson for responsible enterprise, a year after it announced a plan to do so, but some human rights advocates close to the file are concerned that it is under pressure to go back on its promise to give the new watchdog powers to compel documents and testimony.

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Human rights activists frustrated over delay in naming mining ombuds

08 January, 2019

“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.

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Op-Ed: Canada’s new corporate ombudsperson needs real power

03 December, 2018

Canada has a clear choice: Be a world leader or a laggard when it comes to human rights and the mining industry. Canada can either invest the ombudsperson with real powers to investigate abuses and redress the harm caused by Canadian companies, or it can create a position without adequate powers, call it an ombudsperson, and leave individuals and communities harmed by Canadian mining companies with nowhere to turn to for help.

 

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Op-ed: Human rights ombudsperson will bring long-awaited accountability to Canadian mining

14 February, 2018

The government has an opportunity to entrust the ombudsperson with the responsibility to ensure that the rights of women and girls are respected, that resource extraction does not result in increased gender-based violence, and that the unique perspective and concerns of women are taken into account when resource extraction projects are being considered.

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Blog post: Canada is moving towards effective corporate oversight with new human rights watchdog

30 January, 2018

Canada’s new ombudsperson will be tasked with investigating complaints from around the world and will be founded on the principles of “advancing human rights and assisting Canada in fulfilling its international human rights obligations”. The ombudsperson will be mandated to investigate; make public findings on allegations of harm; issue recommendations to remedy -and prevent- harm; and monitor the implementation of those recommendations.

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Minister of International Trade poised to announce an ombudsperson early in 2018

12 December, 2017

The Minister of International Trade – for the first time – publicly declares that an ombudsperson will be created.

“Ottawa plans early next year to create an independent office to oversee Canadian mining, oil and gas companies’ activities abroad. The office would have both an “advisory and robust investigative mandate.

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