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28 Okt 2014

Sarah Molyneaux & Shin Imai, Justice and Corporate Accountability Project, Osgoode Hall Law School, in Law Times (Canada)s

Canada: Lawsuit against Tahoe Resources exposes need for intl. law reform to improve corporate accountability, experts say

"Speaker's Corner: Mining company lawsuit shows need for international law reform", 20 Oct 2014

In a case that once again demonstrates the lack of international legal protections, a civil suit filed against Tahoe Resources Inc. alleges the...mining company is liable for injuries sustained by seven Guatemalan men at a protest in April 2013...The case shows the high cost of a lack of consent...Given the seriousness of the complaints...and the substantial losses experienced by companies that fail to foster good relations with people living near their projects, the Canadian extractive industry is in desperate need of an accessible accountability mechanism. Meanwhile, in the absence of legislation explicitly permitting lawsuits or offering an effective alternative to the court system, those affected by Canadian corporations have increasingly turned to domestic courts for recourse.Others turn to international bodies, such as the United Nations human rights committee that recently passed a draft resolution to work towards the development of a legally binding international human rights instrument...[Also refers to Hudbay Minerals]