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"Bringing Canadian mining to justice" for alleged abuses abroad - Karyn Keenan, Halifax Initiative

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22 June 2011

Bringing Canadian mining to justice

Author: Karyn Keenan, program officer at Halifax Initiative Coalition, in Pambazuka

Canadian mining companies seem to enjoy impunity virtually everywhere that they operate overseas...Canada has abdicated its governance responsibility regarding the overseas activities of the mining sector, refusing to regulate either the companies or the government agencies that support them, or to take legislative action to ensure that non-nationals...are able to seek redress in Canada...The issue of access to remedy for the victims of corporate abuse requires urgent attention. An obvious priority is to strengthen judicial institutions in the countries where abuse takes place. However, it’s also critical that the judiciary in multinationals’ ‘home’ countries, such as Canada, hear cases involving...their companies in foreign countries, especially when the victims lack other viable options. [Refers to Cambior lawsuit re Guyana, Anvil Mining lawsuit re Dem. Rep. of Congo, Copper Mesa lawsuit re Ecuador, HudBay Minerals lawsuits re Guatemala. Also refers to Barrick Gold, TSX (part of TMX Group).]

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Author: Pambazuka News

…Las empresas mineras canadienses parecen gozar de impunidad en virtualmente todos los lugares donde operan en el exterior...Por lo mismo no sorprende que las víctimas de abusos por parte de estas empresas canadienses hayan puesto su mirada en Canadá….A la fecha, Canadá ha abdicado de su responsabilidad de gobernanza con respecto a las actividades del sector minero en el extranjero…Pasados más de diez años desde el caso Cambior, existe una mayor conciencia en Canadá respecto del impacto de la actividad minera a nivel global, incluida la comunidad jurídica, lo que ha llevado a algunos extranjeros a intentar nuevamente el camino judicial en busca de reparaciones...[E]s...muy relevante que los poderes judiciales de los países en que las multinacionales tienen su domicilio legal, como es el caso de Canadá, se declaren competentes para conocer de [estos] casos...especialmente en los casos en que las víctimas carecen de otra alternativa para recibir justicia. [se refiere también a Anvil Mining, Copper Mesa, HudBay Minerals, Barrick Gold, TSX (parte de TMX Group)]

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