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China Gold subject to withdrawal of Canadian Govt. trade support due alleged abuses in Tibet, says OECD Natl. Contact Point

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited China Gold International Resources to respond to the Canadian OECD National Contact Point’s final statement. It did not do so.

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Company non-response
28 April 2015

China Gold International Resources did not respond

Article
28 April 2015

OECD Natl. Contact Point's final statement

Author: Canadian National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines

"Final Statement on the Request for Review regarding the Operations of China Gold International Resources Corp. Ltd., at the Copper Polymetallic Mine at the Gyama Valley, Tibet Autonomous Region"

It is hereby reiterated that the Government of Canada expects that Canadian companies will promote Canadian values and operate abroad with the highest ethical standards. They are expected to respect human rights and all applicable laws, and to meet or exceed widely recognized international standards for responsible business conduct, including and in particular the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises....

As the Company did not respond to the NCP’s offer of its good offices, the Company’s non-participation in the NCP process will be taken into consideration in any applications by the Company for enhanced advocacy support from the Trade Commissioner Service and/or Export Development Canada (EDC) financial services, should they be made. As the goal of both the NCP and the CSR Strategy is to encourage improvement in terms of a company’s use and integration of CSR standards and best practices, should the Company wish to be able to access future support of this type, it will need to submit a Request for Review to the NCP, or show the Government of Canada it has engaged in good-faith dialogue with the Notifier...

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Article
9 April 2015

Canada Tibet Committee commentary on final statement

Author: Canada Tibet Committee

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.

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