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9 Apr 2015

Canada Tibet Committee

Canada Tibet Committee commentary on final statement

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Key findings of the NCP statement include: The issues presented by the Canada Tibet Committee in the request for review were partially substantiated, and merited further examination; 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; Because of its refusal to respond, China Gold will be subject to withdrawal of Government of Canada trade support services.“This experience illustrates how difficult it is to promote good business practice in Tibet” said Carole Samdup, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee.  “Until stronger protections for Tibetan people are in place, the Government of Canada should designate Tibet as a no-go zone for Canadian investment.”

Although the company stated that [a 2013] landslide [burying 83 miners] was a natural disaster, there was considerable evidence that it was a manmade disaster and that the company had ignored  previous warnings and local protests.[i] The mine had already been the subject of numerous unresolved disputes with local communities related to discriminative hiring practices, forced evictions and expropriation of land, violations of the freedom of expression, assembly and to information, and the inability to obtain effective remedy.