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Allegations of conscripted labour in Canadian mine: the fifth estate (CBC)

12 February, 2016

(12 February 2016) “Last June, the UN released a scathing 484-page report on human rights abuses in Eritrea, including the allegation of forced labour at the Canadian mine during the construction phase.”

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Don’t bankroll the next foreign mine disaster: A Brazilian mine spill shows how Canadian agencies risk getting tangled up in abuses (Embassy)

11 January, 2016

(11 January 2016) “EDC [Export Development Canada] promotes Canadian exports and investment by issuing government-backed loans, guarantees and insurance. In 2014, EDC provided mining, oil and gas companies with over $28 billion in support. In the same period, the Harper government spent less than $1 billion on international humanitarian assistance.

EDC reports that it screens its transactions for potential impact on human rights and the environment. Its support for clients such as Vale brings this process into question.”

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Tensions flare over environmental threat of Canadian gold mine in Kyrgyzstan (The Guardian)

07 January, 2016

(7 January 2016) “High up in the mountains, the Canadian company Centerra Gold is digging for gold at Kumtor, the biggest open-pit mine in Central Asia. It’s a process that requires controversial “ice mining” to dig into glaciers and release the precious metal in the rock below.

Fears about the environmental impact of the mine and anger over who is benefiting have sparked protests over the past five years targeting Kumtor. But opposing the mine is dangerous, according to local activists who say they have been subject to threats, harassment and violence.”

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